Long ago in the 1960's in Japan was a small company known as Maruha Gakki (maybe). Maruha made badged acoustic, archtop and parlor guitars (which are REALLY nice with great pearl inlays!).
|Maruha parlor guitar...sweet!|
Jedistar quotes another source that says these guitars were made by another company: Gakki Seizo. I've not been able to figure out if Maruha Gakki really existed or if Maruha guitars were in fact, produced by Gakki Seizo which DOES exist. It looks like the run they had was through the 1970's and some Maruha guitars were badged F. Hashimoto... although who he was or if it was just a name they picked is a mystery. The F. Hashimoto badges seem to be valued by blues and folk players for the guitar's sound quality and are more valuable than the Maruha. Here's a few examples:
|Maruha cherryburst from Japan|
|Check out the scroll label...|