GIEMMEI Guitars: Giocattoli Musicali Italiani

and early Eko acoustics

Oliviero Pigini, had begun to import low-cost, mail-order, semi-acoustic guitars from Yugoslavia (Slovenia and Croatia) and Sicily; then, having obtained a certain degree of success, he founded GIEMMEI Guitars – (GMI Giocattoli Musicali Italiani) – to manage this activity in 1956.