Atlansia, famous manufacturer of... guitar stands..?

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Voidoid56
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Atlansia, famous manufacturer of... guitar stands..?

Post by Voidoid56 » Mon Jul 18, 2022 3:07 am

Here's a little curiosity:

I've been picking up these Greco-branded wooden guitar stands at online auctions in Japan during the past 18 or so months. The logo is fun of course, but they also look a bit more like furniture than the standard black steel-tube stands. And being on wheels, they're easier to move out of the way when the robot vacuum cleaner nesting under the stairs needs to do its thing. :-)

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The final one arrived a few weeks ago, and unlike the others, it had a manufacturer's sticker, and I was surprised to find that it was made made by Atlansia. A Matsumotu address, phone and fax. No email or URL so I assume that the stands are at least pre-internet.

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Now Atlansia is one of those names that keep cropping up in vintage MIJ contexts, rarely on actual instruments but they're often mentioned as manufacturers of wood parts, mainly necks, for other manufacturers. I've only seen anecdotal evidence for this, but I haven't really researched it.
The company seems to be have been founded in the early 80's by Hayashi Nobuaki, aka "H. Noble". He'll be 80 next year and is an industry veteran, to say the least, having started out with Matsumoku when they were still Singer Japan's cabinet maker. He eventually became Matsu's head designer, and a lot of Aria original designs, incl the famed SB basses, have "Designed and approved by H. Noble" on the headstocks.
According to their website, they mostly make necks and bodies for US parts suppliers today. But they also have a substantial range of fiercly innovative boutique instruments, especially basses, on offer.

https://atlansiaguitars.com/index.php

What I find interesting and kind of fun is the fact that when Kanda Shokai wanted Greco-branded guitar stands, they contacted this seriously qualified luthiery shop. Which apparently gladly accepted the order. It would seem to me that there must have been specialized furniture manufacturers around to ask, but no, they kept it within the Matsumoto guitar-making family. It must have been a rather unique local business environment.
Also, they kind of kept up the proud tradition of making excellent copies of the West's finest. These are your basic Ikea-style flat-pack products, complete with the same hex key screw and other fittings. Very familiar to a Swede like me. :-)

Now, I wonder if they made them with a Tokai logo..? :-)

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Re: Atlansia, famous manufacturer of... guitar stands..?

Post by Sigmania » Mon Jul 18, 2022 6:26 am

Those are cool, and interesting story. Thanks for sharing that.
That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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Re: Atlansia, famous manufacturer of... guitar stands..?

Post by Sigmania » Wed Jul 27, 2022 4:14 pm

Sigmania wrote:
Sat May 21, 2022 4:44 pm
I found this of guitar makers in Nagano & Hamamatsu:

Japan manufacturer's directory:

Atlansia (N. Hayashi) => late 70's - date => Nagano
Chushin Gakki => 1960 - 1980 => Nagano
Dyna Gakki => 1970 - => Nagano
Fujigen => 1969 to date => 3 plants in Matsumoto Nagano ,
Matsumoku => 1970's - 1987 => Matsumoto, Nagano
Tokai Gakki => 1968* to date => Hamamatsu *1947


Japan "non manufacturer" guitar production companies :

(some have been manufacturers for a portion of their long histories)

Hoshino Gakki Ten => Ibanez => 1929 - date => Nagano , Quindao (2005)
Matsumoto Musical Instruments Association (or Union) => to late 1970's (member co's and manufacturers included Kyowa Shokai, Chushin Gakki, Fukuhara Gakki, Nakai Gakki ) Nagano"


https://www.guitarforums.com/showthread.php?t=45956

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php ... 67#p198167
That’s alright ‘cause I still got my guitar… ‘79 LS80 GT Reborn, '79 ST100 Springy, '81 LS100S Hog, '81 ST70R Slab Springy, ‘81 ST80R V Neck Springy, '81 TE120 Arabesque Breezy, '82 LS120 Solid Flame, '82 JB45R Jazz Sounds, ‘84 ST70 Gold Star Maple Cap

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