- acoustic guitars
- bass guitars
- electric guitars
Jolana was a Czechoslovakian brand, producing electric guitars and basses from 1953 to 1989. During the early period of manufacture in the 1950s it enjoyed export success with some good models (Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were said to have used the Futurama model) in the period before American electric guitars began to dominate the European market. When the quality of Czech made guitars in general began to decrease from the 1960s onwards, the Jolana increasingly concentrated their export efforts on countries within the Eastern bloc. In spite of the reputation of the later models for poor build quality, these original Jolana guitars are still appreciated by collectors for their quirkiness. Jolana models always included at least an element of originality, even when coping other designs.
After a break in production of nearly two decades, New Bohemian Electronics (NBE) Corporation acquired the Jolana brand name with the aim to revive Jolana production in the Czech Republic with some of the Jolana classic designs. Specifically; Jolana guitars today combine original neck and body designs and some authentic components made according to tradition with modern features like pickups by EMG, Seymour Duncan, Amber, or hardware by Schaller and Grover.