Joseph Bohmann 1848 -
Born in Czechoslovakia he emigrated to the USA and founded the Bohmann’s American Musical Industry in Chicago in 1878.
The stringed instruments he made ranged from guitars, violins, banjos, and mandolins of which he was one of the first makers in the USA. He made all grades and variants of each instrument claiming to be The World’s Greatest Musical Instrument Manufacturer winning awards for the quality of build and tone of his instruments.
The company continued making instruments under the guidance of his son up until the 2nd World War when the factory appeared to have been mothballed.
The company also took out several patents on the construction and tone enhancements put into their instruments.