The Crucianelli company was founded in 1888 in Castelfidardo, Italy by Sante Crucianelli. He was a former partner of Paolo Soprani and a pioneer of the regional accordion industry. Facing a crisis with the accordion sector in the early 60's, the company diversified its business into guitar manufacturing... following Olivieri Pigini's example with the EKO company.
There was a relationship to EKO that determined Crucianelli's guitar history. During the first half-decade, the two companies were in tough competition. For every EKO model, a matching Crucianelli was produced.
From 1965 on, both companies began specializing in their own fields. EKO focused on acoustics and solid-bodies, Crucianelli on semi-acoustics while both cooperated with Vox. Technical contributions of EKO and Crucianelli melt together on certain Vox (and even EKO) models.
Olivieri Pigini planned a merger of both companies' guitar operations but his sudden death in 1967 didn't allow the merger to go forward.
This '65 Crucianelli has that Vox-Vibe. The guitar has a fast smooth action which leaves other 335's in the rear view mirror. The pick-ups tend to go into overload, which is great for Blues & Rock... topping it-all-off it's incredibly comfortable.