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EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.

For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.

Eston guitars were made in Italy by Eko and imported into Australia in the 1970’s by Lamberti Brothers of Melbourne under there own brand Eston not as Eko.

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Suddenly, electric guitars were #1 on every kids Christmas list.

Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.

[Source: Fetish Guitars] The Eko acoustic guitars Rangers, 100 series and Classical series were those available here to purchase. Harmony also made mandolins, banjo ukes, tenor banjos, and other instruments.

In February 1928 Harmony introduced its Roy Smeck Vita series-Standard, tenor, and plectrum guitars.

The range here contains a Sampson jazz guitar from 1930’s Chicago, an Eston, made in Italy, a Maton, made in Australia and even an old Ashton and Harmony, the two in this collection, apart from the Maton, which their owner states produces the sweetest sounds.

The range is both acoustic and electric with one being borrowed by a local musician on a few occasions due to his love of its sound.In 1928, Harmony introduced the first of many Roy Smeck models, and went on to become the largest producer in the U. They sold 250,000 pieces in 1923 and 500,000 in 1930, including various models of guitars, banjos, and mandolins.In the late 1930s, the firm began making violins again after a 19-year hiatus.Bottom Line/Personal asked two ­experts how to value old instruments…Dan Orkin, Post–World War II instruments do not have to be made by a famous company such as Fender or Gibson (see below) to have substantial value.It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.

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