CRAFTSMANSHIP as tailor-made precision and SOUND as art...

At HANIKA Craftsmanship is regarded as tailor-made precision and sound as art. That's why guitars from the famous workshops in Baiersdorf symbolise quality and the tradition of craftsmanship. In conjunction with its trend-setting innovations, it has constituted the foundation for our company's success since 1953. The guitar-manufacturing workshops at HANIKA are home to an experienced and highly qualified team of craftspeople who with keen sensitivity and decades of experience build unmistakable and unique instruments. These instruments are built mainly by hand and are available both as a variety of different sophisticated types as well as personalised versions manufactured at the ‘HANIKA Custom Shop’ to meet the needs of every single guitar player.

Live and love your own sound.

An experienced and highly qualified TEAM OF CRAFTSPEOPLE who with keen sensitivity and decades of experience build unmistakable and unique instruments.

Armin Hanika

Master maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since 1980,
CEO since 1993

Martin Bretscher

Master maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since May 2003
Betriebswirt HWK (Degree in Business Administration Awarded by the Chamber of Crafts)
Workshop manager

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Andreas Strodel

Master maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since December 2005
Head of ‘Service and Repairs’

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Tobias Straßer

Master maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since September 2011
Head of ‘Development and Project Work’

Hans Joachim Kollar

Carpenter and joiner

With Hanika since April 1991
Employed in prefabrication / new construction

Jürgen Walz

Maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since April 1997
Employed in new construction

Marion Hanika

Chemical-technical assistant

With Hanika since 1998
Office / customer services

Konstantin Hirsch

Carpenter and joiner

With Hanika since January 2002
Employed in new construction

Michaela Rascher

Master maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since July 2002
Employed in new construction

Uwe Heineke

Master carpenter and joiner

With Hanika since March 2005
Employed in machine maintenance / new construction

Susanne Grötsch

Carpenter and joiner

With Hanika since April 2005
Employed in new construction

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Silvia Pfeifer

Qualified optician

With Hanika since October 2005
Employed in new construction

Jens Griesang

Carpenter and joiner

Since November 2006
Employed in prefabrication / new construction

Jörg Lawrenz

Maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since July 2007
Employed in new construction

Dieter Menzel

Carpenter and joiner

With Hanika since January 2008
Employed in finishing

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Paul-Friedrich Reiher

Maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since September 2009
Employed in new construction

David Giron

Maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since October 2009
Employed in new construction

JuYoung Kim

Graduate master maker of stringed instruments

Since November 2010
Employed in new construction

André Wisbar

Painter and varnisher

With Hanika since July 2012
Employed in finishing

Maximialian Koelbel

Carpenter and joiner

With Hanika since May 2016
Employed in new construction

Philipp Marx

Apprentice maker of stringed instruments

With Hanika since September 2015

Harti Pilsner

Qualified banker

With Hanika since 2001
Freelance sales representative

To this day, the name of HANIKA is associated with the making of high-quality MASTER GUITARS.

1932

Helmut Hanika was born in Schönbach on 25 May 1932. The Hanika family settled in the Bubenreuth region after fleeing from Egerland (in the former Sudeten German region).

He learnt to make violins from his grandfather, Anton Mayer (born on 22 April 1883), who ran a small workshop in Baiersdorf that made violins and other stringed instruments. The workshop supplied the US occupational forces and produced instruments for ‘Framus Mandolinen’.

Anton Mayer

1953

Helmut Hanika founded the ‘SOLI’ company at the age of 18 in 1953 and started building folk guitars. He moved to a new and larger workshop on Egerstraße in Baiersdorf near Erlangen. The ‘Hopf’ company was his main customer. ‘SOLI’ started to grow and the company employed up to four people.

There was no outsourced home worker production and no purchases from other manufacturers. Guitars that people took on hiking trips and classical guitars were added to the range of folk guitars. The ‘Mufag’ company in Hanover later became the main customer and the sale of ‘SOLI’ guitars and business with ‘Hopf’ started to decline.

‘SOLI’ folk guitar

1964

Folk guitars were built and sold under the ‘SOLI’ brand until 1964. The ‘Otto Gläsel’ music shop and ‘Willi Hödl’ master instrument maker (special workshop for manufacturing and repairing musical instruments in Meggen / Lenne in Westphalia) sold ‘SOLI’ guitars under their own labels that they stuck inside the body.

Armin Hanika was also born in the same year.

Helmut Hanika

1966

Helmut Hanika acquired his master craftsman qualifications in Nuremberg in 1966. The name of Hanika is to this day associated with the manufacture of high-quality classical professional guitars. After the popularity of folk guitars dwindled, Helmut Hanika had the foresight to leave mass production to other guitar makers and started to build exclusive classical guitars that earned him global recognition as a guitar-maker.

Helmut & Armin Hanika

1980

Armin commenced his apprenticeship at his parents' company.

1993

Armin Hanika, representing the second generation, took over the running of the business and, like his father before him, he continued to manufacture high-quality classical professional guitars. From the high-quality Studio Line to the exclusive specially made Professional Line – Armin Hanika knows how to build top instruments with great sound qualities.

TODAY

As in the past, HANIKA still builds guitars with top price-performance ratios across all price categories. The success of the HANIKA brand is also reflected in the sales that increase year on year and the steadily growing ‘fan base’.

The HANIKA Team