|Manfred Pietrzok put
the first Manzanita label into a guitar's soundhole around
1985. The story of the old spanish Sherry bottle, that we owe our
logo to, may be told at another place. Neither shall we give a lecture
on the Californian Manzanita tree (arctostaphylos pungens)
that gave us our name.
it took another 8 years for M.Pietrzok and Moritz Sattler to
found Manzanita Guitars. Special things in life do take time
to mature. Guitars as well as luthiers!
So, in 1993 Pietrzok and Sattler decided to offer their guitars under
one label. Combining traditional craft, modern design and new ideas
their instruments offer a tonal quality that industrially made
guitars are not able to achieve.Still, each of them has kept his identity
as a luthier.
Sattler is concentrating more and more on reproducing and perfecting
classical American steelstring guitars. Manfred Pietrzok - slide
crazy - is breaking new ground with his resophonic and hollowneck
instruments.In 1997 the Manzanita palette was completed by Jörg
Driesner. Since then we had a set of nice lapsteels and
electrics in our program.