On May 25, 1932, our company founder, Helmut Hanika, was born in Schönbach in the "Egerland" (today Czech Republic). After the displacement the family settled in Franconia. He learned the violin-making trade from his grandfather, founded his own company in Baiersdorf in 1953 and soon specialized in the construction of high-quality classical concert guitars. In 1966, Helmut passed the master´s examination in Nuremberg and led the manufacture until 1993. Even after the takeover by his son and today's company owner, Armin Hanika, he always gave and gives advice and support.
On May 25, 2017, Helmut Hanika celebrated his 85th birthday in best health in the family.