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Hanika guitars – Classical guitars made in Germany
The brand Hanika was always known among folk musicians for its outstanding value for money. Nowadays, Hanika guitars are also very well known in classical music. They still have an excellent price-performance ratio. They sound excellent and are also very well manufactured. The Hanika guitars have a powerful sound because they have a voluminous body. The precious wood used by Hanika has been waiting for several years in the internal wood storage and is then further processed in Hanika’s fully air-conditioned workshop. Hanika manually determines the choice of wood structure and sound quality.
The history of the Hanika family was born on 25 May 1932 in Schönbach. In October 1946, after the German musical instrument manufacturer Egerland had been expelled, Hanika’s family settled in the Bubenreuth region after a short stay in Hesse.
From 1947 to 1949, he learned violin making from his grandfather Anton Mayer (born 22 April 1883). The grandfather opened a small workshop in Baiersdorf, where he made violins. Especially the small violins are very popular with the American occupation forces as souvenirs to take home. American soldiers brought new styles of music to Germany. Helmut Hanika likes jazz and has aroused interest in related instruments (such as drums and guitars).
With the end of his training, Helmut Hanika increasingly switched from violin to various guitar models and already sold the first instruments (mandolin) to “Framus” in Bubenreuth. He gained the necessary knowledge through his studies and the cooperation with colleagues. On June 1st, 1953, Helmut Hanika registered his trade after coming of age and thus founded the company “Helmut Hanika. “
Until 1964, drum guitars and various other guitar models were sold under the name “SOLI.” The music shop “Otto Gläsel” and the most important manufacturer of musical instruments “Willy Hödl” (special workshop for musical instruments and repairs Meggen/Lenne in Westphalia) sold “SOLI” guitars and stuck their own notes into the guitars. In the same year, Armin Hanika was born. From October 1965, Helmut Hanika concentrated on classical concert guitars and is now sold under his own name, “Helmut Hanika Konzertgitarren.” Hans Norman in Wiesbaden (later Arnold Stölzel) took over the distribution for a long time.
Helmut Hanika became master of plucked instrument making in Nuremberg in October 1966. Today the name Hanika is connected with the production of high-quality, classic lead guitars. After the end of the heyday of guitar building Helmut Hanika had the right feeling and left the mass production to other guitar manufacturers. He concentrated on building exclusive classical guitars, which made him famous as a guitar maker worldwide. Amin started an apprenticeship in his parents’ company.
From 1986 Armin Hanika developed his own series based on Spanish guitars with a slimmer figure, further expanding in the following years.
In December 1987, he was the youngest master craftsman in Nuremberg to pass the master craftsman’s diploma in plucked instrument making. Armin Hanika took over the business from the second generation and, like his father, produced high-quality, classic master guitars. Armin Hanika knows how to make first-class instruments with excellent sound quality. Finally, the company name was changed to “Armin Hanika Gitarrenbau.”
Hanika still produces guitars with the best price-performance ratio in all price categories. The success of the guitar brand Hanika is also reflected in the increasing sales volume and the steadily growing “fan community.”
Quality and innovation
Hanikas guitars today only have an extremely high and stable quality of workmanship.
The Hanika guitars are manufactured in Beiersdorf with the latest technology. The difference between Hanika Manufaktur and other manufacturers is that Hanika is ready to develop further constantly: Hanika also offers Lattice and Doubletop guitars and a wide variety of different woods, which can also be used on request.
Hanika model selection
Basically, Hanika guitars can be divided into four different series: Basic Class, Middle Class, Upper Class, and Master Class.
The basic class already includes guitars that are made of solid tonewoods. In addition, they have a bridge saddle made of bone. In addition, the mechanics work very precisely. Therefore, this series is ideal for the ambitious beginner.
The mid-range offers a selection of classical guitars with even more noble materials. In this series, the focus is on the essentials. At the same time, a wide selection of woods allows playing pleasure for every guitarist with high demands. The puristic appearance is perfectly matched to the noble sound.
The upper class of Hanika is even more exclusive. At this point, the advanced player is addressed. Here selected tonewoods and noble optics provide a tonal and optical highlight. Each guitar is a unique piece. No matter if a “58 CF” with finest cocobolo body and a thin spruce top or a “Flamenco KF” with cherrywood body and spruce top. Every guitarist will find “his” model.
Best wood, masterly workmanship, and individuality. All this includes the master class from the house of Hanika. The guitars of this class meet the highest demands. It is a prime example of the best craftsmanship in guitar making: the Meisterklasse.
The wood types of Hanika guitars
Hanika uses classic woods such as East Indian rosewood, mahogany, and spruce. In addition, rarer precious woods are also used. Thus, an enormous tonal variety is offered.
A good varnish is also important. It is responsible for a good sound. Hanika uses four different methods.
– Varnish & Wax: The simplest method. Here, one applies a base coat of varnish and a coat of wax. This ensures a good response and a resolved sound.
– Polyurethane varnish: Here, you can choose between an open-pored and an even surface varnish. Through this varnish, one achieves a clear, less muffled sound.
– UV-curing acrylic varnish: Here, up to six layers are applied to the wood. After the final sanding and polishing, the result is a very high quality and uniform varnish. This literally gives the guitar a noble high-gloss finish.
– Shellac: The supreme discipline is shellac. For this, you apply about 15 layers very thinly by hand. In the end, one layer has a thickness of only about 30 micrometers. This results in the best sound properties and a unique appearance.
Hanika and Siccas Guitars
For more than five years, Hanika and Siccas Guitars have been working very closely together. Siccas Guitars became Hanika Premium Shop early on. Hanika Customs Shop products can also be ordered through Siccas Guitars. In our online shop, you will find the whole range of Hanika guitars, which can also be ordered directly. Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions about Hanika guitars.