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Instruments previously produced in Italy starting in the late 1970s (production then moved to Japan). Production ended sometime in the early 1980s.
The Pearl trademark appeared on a number of instruments manufactured (at first) by the Gherson company of Italy. These medium quality guitars featured both original designs on some models, and copies of classic American designs on others. Production of Pearl guitars moved to Japan (circa 1978-1979) and continued on for another couple of years. Although Italy had a tradition of guitar manufacture throughout the years, the cheaper labor costs that Japan was featuring at the time eventually won out in production considerations. Source: Tony Bacon and Paul Day, The Guru's Guitar Guide.

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