Wandre Guitars is an electric guitar brand started by the Italian guitar manufacturer Antonio Vandrè Pioli. Antony Wandre Pioli, who describes himself as an “Artist of Life,” was born in Cavriago in the central northern Italian province of Reggio Emilia in 1926, the son of violin maker Roberto Pioli. During World War II, he served in the underground resistance. Following the war he made a living by supervising masonry projects.
After taking up luthiery, he started building guitars which are famous for their original shapes, aluminium necks and unique switches. He originally hooked with Italian guitar manufacturer Framez which was run by the Fratelli Meazzi (the Meazzi Brothers – which begs the question, are they related to Click & Clack. With pickups made by Abel Naldi. Wandre produced 57 to 61 per Meazzi’s records
The guitars were originally designed and manufactured from 1957 to 1968 by Pioli in Cavriago, Italy. Very small productions were made, which makes these guitars very sought-after in the vintage guitar market. Some guitars by Pioli have appeared under other brand names such as Framez, Davoli, Dallas, Avalon, Noble, Lipsky.