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ANTHONY C. “TONY” ZEMAITIS (B. 1935 - D. 2002)
Among the exceptional British School of guitar making there is no work so iconic and so tied to British rock and roll history than that of Tony Zemaitis. Born in London in 1935, Zemaitis left school at the age of 16 to become a wage earner for his immigrant family. While committed to a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet maker, he began tinkering with guitars. His first projects were repairing damaged instruments and in this amateur pursuit a passion took root and grew. By 1957, Zemaitis was applying his learned woodworking skills in cabinetry by experimenting with making guitars. These early works made their way into the market where they received positive reviews from players in London’s folk and skiffle scene. With this growth in reputation he began receiving orders from the leading pop guitarists of the 1960s. Donovan, Eric Clapton and George Harrison all owned and performed on Zemaitis acoustics. In the 1970s his fame increased when he began making solid-body electric guitars and players such as Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Ronnie Lane all became devotees of Zemaitis electrics. It was during this time that he began filling a void in the market by taking special orders to produce acoustic basses for players like David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood and Mike Oldfield. Tony Zemaitis would limit his production to just ten instruments per year with the expressed desire to never dilute the quality of his work. Each instrument was a custom production for a specific musician and his mission was that no two would be the same, yet his work would be instantly recognizable to any guitar aficionado. The metal fittings, intricately engraved by friend and gun engraver Danny O’Brien, the tastefully executed pearl inlays, and the iconic heart shaped sound-hole were signature components of the Zemaitis guitar.