A Manne Guitars Timeline
Once upon a time Mr. Manne played guitar and people went: “Oh my, look at how that little boy can play!” When he was a child, he used to run very fast and somebody started calling him Mennea (like Pietro Mennea, the famous Italian runner): Mennea changed to Mannea (like Andrea) and then the final result was to Manne (pronounced Man-nay).
Once Manne finished his technical studies, he started working as a sales rep with his father. One day in 1986, while hiking up the hills near Schio, he met a bass player who told Manne about his job: this man worked as a bass maker. Manne began helping him occasionally, and over time Manne got more and more involved in this new job. He quit his old sales job, and finally a gentlemen’s agreement was written on a piece of paper: a business partnership, fifty-fifty, between Manne and the bass player, starting on January 1st. That year the two men together sold about 20 basses and had orders for 10 more, while in 4 years the bass player alone could only sell 6! Oh, boy!
End of December. The moment was right to start a real business but, surprise, the famous agreement was nowhere to be found, and Manne’s keys didn’t work anymore to open the workplace door…
Mr. Manne (who wasn’t Mr. Manne yet), was very sad, but then he had an idea: “I can still become Mr. Manne!” So….on the 7th of January 1987 a new brand was added to the big list of stringed instrument makers: MANNE GUITARS