Our history started in 1979 in Devin Village with the creation of a violin workshop overlooking the castle. Afterward came the concept of unique guitars, inspired by the violin maker’s know-how, experiences and intuition, each one unique and individual.
We are passionate about exceptional woods
We are passionate about craftsmanship
We are passionate about music
The fall of the Iron Curtain
The fall of the Iron Curtain was the beginning of a new chapter and history of Czechoslovakia. After more than 40 years we were able to breath freely again and the lot of secret ideas could become a reality.
Establishment of Expos music
Expos music was the first company Stan founded with his friends just few months after the Velvet Revolution. As there were no internation brands present on the market it was the ideal time to bring Fender, Taylor and other famous brands and introduce them to people.
Stan´s visit of Japan and China
An unique opportunity to see guitar and bow instruments production on another level provoked the idea of starting an acoustic guitar production under own name.
The origin of Antique series
Stan spent more than two years in Asia working on first Dowina guitars. He personaly did all the top plates and was controling the entire production.
New factory workshop in Bratislava
The distribution activites and growing demand for Dowina allowed us to move to larger property in Bratislava and established guitar production in here, finally.
First exibition at Frankfurt Messe
The first opportunity to present Dowina to European market. The personal selection of wood, unique sound and vision attracted a lot of new business partners and distributors.
Erika joined the company
Stan welcomed with great pleasure Erika´s decision to join the company and help him with the management. Due to severe health problems he was thinking about selling Dowina but Erika – that time mother of two tiny toddlers – persuaded him to continue.
The concept of unique hybrid guitar combining the qualities of acoustic and classical guitar was triggered by constant requests of our clients who were missing a nylon string guitar in our portfolio. We didn´t want to offer just another standard classical guitar with wide nut, for us a comfortable playability is a must, so we came with the hybrid concept of 48 mm nut with rounded freatboard.
Bona Vida concept
Bona Vida is not a parlor style guitar. It is an instrument that makes your life more cheerful. Hence the name. Stan designed a special bracing design for this sweet guitar to make it sound as voluminous and light as possible. It is a true game changer.
People are creative and we love that. It was fantastic to see how authentic and out of the box their design ideas are. It started slowly and unexpectadly. Our friends kept asking: “I love Cabernet design but can I add my initials on freatboard?” or: “How dramatic the Acero with ebony binding will look like, right?” And just after a while we realized third of our production is somehow customized. So why not offer it anybody.
Research and Development
Peter Kičák is our Tech manager and a true whizz. He invented most of the secret hacks, technological improvements and smart design ideas on Dowinas. Together with Stan, former professor at University, they create the base of our R&D team. We were always testing different approaches to lutiership, investigating the effect of thermal treatment, bracing patterns, etc. on the sound and stability of the guitar. In 2020 we decided to cooperate on big project with Slovak Technical University which dispose of profi acoustic laboratory.
Aura concept guitar
Aura is the result of two years effort and work of our R&D team. It brings a completely new approach to body-neck joint. Shiffted X bracing moves the acoustic center in the middle of the top plate and lets sound be spread evenly through the wood. A built – in heal, allows guitarists to go further and beyond the classic reach.
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