Since it was established in 1959, EKO has been committed to serve and assist musicians, disregarding skills or celebrity.
Due to Oliviero Pigini’s (founder of the brand) forward looking attitude, EKO was famous as the biggest guitar factory in Europe, with almost half a million guitars coming out yearly from their factories. From 1959 to 1985 EKO was shipping – from Italy and from their European factories - to all major countries in the world. Because of its stylish look, its good quality, as well as its good prices; entire generations were introduced to music. At the same time many professionals chose to play EKO guitars and still continue to do so during their performances. In 1985 the production has been moved to factories outside Europe, joint-ventures were established in China and Czech Republic. Although all EKO guitars, basses and amplifiers are manufactured in these countries, R&D is done in Italy. Offices and labs are located inside our headquarters near Recanati.
Also a small “Custom shop” remains in Italy manufacturing about 100 guitars a year. EKO remains one of the most admired brands, in Italy and all over the world.
More than 50 years of history ! How many musical instrument manufacturers in the world can match such an outstanding track record ? In actual fact, very few.