Cheesy Guitars

This site is dedicated to the worst guitars on the planet. Jolana, Ural, Aelita, Tonika, Terminator.... have you ever played these monsters? There's not too much info about these axes, so check out our site for detailed reviews, pictures, articles and more info about vintage guitars made in USSR, Czechoslovakia, Belorussia, GDR, and Korea.
Cheesy Guitars

Hello and welcome to the Cheesy guitars!

This site is dedicated to those weird unplayable instruments that don't even worth collecting. The first reason we've made this site is that there's no information about these guitars, no pictures and no reviews. But they exist, and they definitely worth checking out. The other reason is that we love them. Too many of us started our carreer with those cheesy axes.

Lots of these creatures came from the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and other ex-communist countries. Although soviet guitars are definitely the winners, there are also Indonesian and Korean companies making very cheap instruments with built-in speakers, sparkle finishes and fairly high action.

And there are also handmade one-off guitars - you won't beleive somebody actually played them!

So, if you're tired of reading about Clapton's favourite Strat and Brian May's Red Special - here's something different.

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Hi, I am a guitarist from

Hi,
I am a guitarist from the Czech Republic and I am really satisfied with the quality of my Jolana Diamant guitar. I bought this piece from a passionate collector who had renovated it, so the level of sound is really close to the Les Paul version. I know what I am talking about, because my bandmate has original Gibson, so we compare both guitars every rehealsal. :) I understand commie guitars seem "the worst" to you, but try to understand that it could be the only way how to start to play the electric guitar in that period, because it was almost impossible to get any of the western models. Most of our amazing guitarists started to play Jolana.

If you wish to comment the Cheesyguitars' site - visit the cheesyguitars' forum!

http://www.cheesyguitars.com

I just happened to pass here and since there are some posts that ask certain things I'd like to redirect those people straight to our forums where they can get some expert advice.

And thanks to everyone who keeps cheesyguitars alive and populated!

Sincerely yours,
Joseph Ruzicka

mann guitar

I found a mann guitar in my attic. It is in new condition, about 20 yrs old. It has a number on it AJ-201 can you tell me what the value might be. thanks christine

Re: mann guitar

Mann was made by Ibanez between 1971-1983. There's Mann, and then there's "Mann 80's" I currently have 6 Mann electrics, 4 acoustics. If you want to sell, contact nortonblues@yahoo.com

Hold your horses!!!

I'd just like to point out that me and one of my bandmates adore our Jolanas. I am actually renovating a bass of that type, and although it may easily be as old as my father, it can still be saved, relatively inexpensively. It can be restored to stage level, although it was untouched for 15 years, lying apart in somebody's basement.

east-european guitar

I`ve purchased an old semi-ac. jazz guitar, graziella II it says, does anyone know something about her?

Mann guitars

Hey I have a copy of a Les Paul made by Mann and it has a 9 volt battery with mini-effects processor on board. Looks like it could be cheesy. I know it's hard to play comfortably, and sounds strange with plastic bridge saddles.

Strat Man Dwight

Re: Mann guitars

if u want to sell it... i would be interested caraudiochampion@yahoo.com w/ picture and price

: Strat Man Dwight

Jolana

I just read about the poor quality of the Jolana guitars from the 70's. Does anybody know anything about the guitars they make today? Please, tell me.

Re: Jolana

:yep dude.
i know somethin' about that.if u wanna know.

I just read about the poor quality of the Jolana guitars from the 70's. Does anybody know anything about the guitars they make today? Please, tell me.
:

Jolana

Hello,
I´m from Germany. i have a Jolana Iris Guitar from my uncle and I want to know how much this Guitar is?

thank you

Re: Jolana

fasy faso

12 str. Contessa Acoustic

is anyone familiar with the above guitar,made in w.Germany
thanx...daniel

Re: 12 str. Contessa Acoustic

Actually it is made in Italy, it's a third party company branched off of Hohner(sp?) Long since gone now...J

Thanks!

Thanks! I really enjoy your site recalling my first guitar experiences with any of these "axes" about 20-30years ago. Now it looks as a black humour, but it wasn't those years.
Hi there. Pavel.

diamant

Hi, I live in Prague (Czech rep.)and i collect Jolana guitars(mostly older ones than Diamant). On you site (http://meatexz.com/cheesyguitars/jolana_diamant.html) is an information that diamant was produced aslo in red color. In this color was made a lot of earlier guitars like Tornado, Marina, Diskant (hollowbodies). Isnt it a mistake? I have heard about Ivory color Diamant(only for export. I never see anyone) but I never even hear about anyone in red.
Second confusing mistake: You write "the guitar pictured here features somewhat rare sunburst finish)". But on the picture is the one with black finish:-)
sincerely yours
David

Jolana Diamand

Hello,
I need to change wires in my guitar, so can someone send my jolana diamand schematics ? send it in dewlin@techas.lt thanks

Want TO BUY A TONIKA BASS !!!!!!!!!!

If anyone has a Tonika Bass for sale, please e-mail me !!!!!!!

Re: Want TO BUY A TONIKA BASS !!!!!!!!!!

: If anyone has a Tonika Bass for sale, please e-mail me !!!!!!!

Hello!
I am not sure if you still want to buy it. I have sell it on ebay. Item # is 330301419909
Best regards, Vitaliy

I want a cheesy Russian Bass

I wanna buy a cheap, cheesy, terrible, older Russian made Bass !!!!!!!! PERFECT !!!!!!!!! If you have one or know of one, please email me.Remember, cheap and cheesy is the rule.

moreno made in saxony

I have a small acoustic guitar.The label inside reads:Moreno.Made in Saxony..Can anyone give me any more info on this Guitar Thanks..Pete

Jolana Diamant

I play jolana diamant and am very pleased with it. It ain't much worse than gibson les paul. Really!

Re: Jolana Diamant

Kristaps I agree with you with 100% . Jolana Diamant guitar is the best I've ever played. I have 4 guitars now. I've bought Ibanez guitar last and I must say that I really like it, but it's not more better that Diamant.

Jolana

Jolana

This popular thread has been given its own page : Jolana

East-European guitars

Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

Re: East-European guitars

Hi Ivan, Im David from Prague (Czech rep.) and Im a collector of Jolana Guitars (mostly hollowbodies). If youd like I can send you some info about these Jolana models, just write me what you want to know. Also I have some models to exchange (or to sell) - lets make a deal!
David (dkonig@volny.cz)

Re: East-European guitars

Hi, by any chance do you know where can I found pictures all the musima guitars. I just bought one small "guitarr" with no handle, is neat but I want to kno more about it.

Re: East-European guitars

: Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

Re: East-European guitars

: : Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

i could help you with defils

Re: East-European guitars jolana

: : : Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

: i could help you with defils

I have a model jolana _star IX.Are you interested??

Re: East-European guitars

Hi, I'm Vytenis from Lithuania and I am looking for information about Jolana Special. I would be pleasant if you give me any info about it. Thanks

Re: East-European guitars

Hi Ivan,
I have a Defil semi-acoustic bass guitar. Don't know the type. After som 'customizing' to make the bass playable, it is great for 60-ies and jazz. Mail me if you want a photograph.

Re: East-European guitars

: Hi Ivan,
: I have a Musima stratocaster(it's called Musima eterna deluxe), Jolana Tornado, Jolana Iris, Kremona bass and some other Russian guitars. Mail me if you are interested in.

Re: East-European guitars

: Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

Hi Ivan.I'm John from Slovakia.I want you to ask for a little help,
I've got an JOLANA ALFA guitar and it's little bit damaged.
But I'm trying to find some imformations, or material about this type.So can you help me pleace?
Thanks.
John.

Re: East-European guitars

: Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

look here:
http://www.meatexz.com/cheesyguitars/guitars.html

Re: East-European guitars

: : Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

: look here:
: http://www.meatexz.com/cheesyguitars/guitars.html

Re: East-European guitars

Hello,

I've just bought a Jolana Basso IV from eBay. It's a wierd looking hexagonal thing with two angled single coil pick ups. I've looked on various websites such as cheesy guitars, but there is very little on these guitars. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Re: East-European guitars

: : : Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

Hi Ivan!
I´m the owner of a Musima MH-V (its a Flying V or Jackson style) Its a very rare Instrument!! It is in a very good condition, coulor is red! You want it, maby? let me hear from you

: : look here:
: : http://www.meatexz.com/cheesyguitars/guitars.html

Re: East-European guitars

: : : : Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...))

Telecaster type Jolana is named "Iris".

Re: East-European guitars

hallo,
i will buy the musima mh-v!
please post me
ciao matthias

: : : : : Hallo! Ich bin Ivan, ein belgischer Guitarre Sammler (bereits 172 Guitarren u. 45 Ampere) und ich suche nach allem möglichen Info über Jolana (4 Guitarren: zwei Stern V; ein Basso IV und eine Telecaster-Art (genannt? …)) : Telecaster Art Jolana wird „Blende“ genannt.

Re: East-European guitars

hello i have a defil 12 string hollow body electric. it need a trapeze any ideas? Alex

Re: East-European guitars

: Hi!I'm Ivan,a Belgian guitar collector(already 172 guitars & 45 amp's)and I'm looking for all possible info about Jolana(4 guitars:two Star V;one Basso IV and a Telecaster-type(named?...));Defil;Musima;Meinel&Herold etc...this to completed my files ! Anyone ? Thanks !! Ivan

Re: East-European guitarsMeinel&Herold -Ivan

I have pretty old guitar Meinel&Herold . am selling it , if you got interest let me know,Thank you, Sinisa

Re: East-European guitars

 East-European guitars

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