O nás

One summer day in 1965 on a garden of an apartment house in Varnsdorf I heard my friend Lenka playing House of the Rising Sun on her guitar and at the moment the decision was made. I asked her to teach me how to play guitar. She agreed and I started practicing really hard. My first song was not anything other than House of the Rising Sun.

 

After some time my parents agreed to buy me my first guitar. The happiness was indescribable. However it did not last for a long time. When I compared my guitar to Lenka´s the difference was remarkable. The explanation came quickly from Lenka´s brother. My guitar from a music shop was made of plywood whereas Lenka´s guitar made by luthier was made from solid wood. Well, what could I do? I had to play on the instrument I had. However, this experience stuck in my mind and prefigured my future heading.

 

I enjoyed playing guitar a lot and after one year I made my first own guitar. Lenka´s brother helped me with the theory of construction. The needed material was provided by my uncle who had a little carpentry not far from our house.  Tremolo, bridge and mechanical parts bought my father in neighboring NDR. Guitar pickups I purchased in a music shop in Děčín, frets I took from one old guitar and I got down to work.

 

The guitar was done within two weeks and what more – it played!
That year I made one more guitar and exchanged the first one for  homemade guitar amps.

 

In 1969 we moved to Bratislava and after only a year I had a band. Then came a military service and yet another band. At that time I started considering manufacturing my own line of guitars. I had no idea what troubles would I get into just by trying to get to quality materials for the manufacturing. Quality materials as well as hardware were only available in the West. Communists simply didn´t get the fact that the material available here was unusable. At least my friends from West Germany sent me my first acoustic guitar from solid wood (Ibanez AW-60). Even though it had a nice sound and it was well made it was not even close to my idea of an ideal sound. 

 

More than twenty six years ago I have drawn my first daft of an acoustic guitar. (We have been offering this model with only minor changes and innovations ever since.) The beginning was quite difficult. I did not have proper equipment and I also realized that my manufacturing skills were not at such level that I would be able to make an instrument I dreamed of. Even though the guitars did not look as pretty, I was able to create instruments that were very close to my idea of an ideal sound. 

 

On top of that I was finally able to make the prototypes from quality material for which I traveled to Germany right after the revolution. I realized that the grounds for a good guitar are good wood and respect to different acoustical qualities of different materials. 

 

I contacted couple respected manufacturers in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. However, the results were not what I expected from my guitars. I lost many years by searching and trying but finally I found a team of people who understood my requests and were able to reflect that in the process of guitar making. In 1999 we started the first official production of my instruments and in 2004 we started producing the guitars in small series. 

 

Two years ago I met a very special man who is qualified violin maker but he has been making guitars more than twenty years. Because our ideas of what materials and technologies to use and how were very close we decided to make guitars together. I designed six basic models which we make from six different materials. I personally pick every piece of wood we use and in the search of the right materials I travel the world. Each model is also put together in a way that makes it exceptional. 

 

All our instruments from the new line 2014 are guarantee of quality and details drawn to perfection. Thanks to that they offer you unique acoustic qualities. Join our satisfied customers from all around the world and buy a guitar which we changed, thanks to the years of experience, experiments and final touch-ups, to a piece of artwork. 

Otto Halabica