Most accordion companies started manufacturing guitars as well until the late 1960's and dropped from sight soon after. Ahlborn Galanti started making classical organs during the late 1970s and subsequently founded the General Music or GEM. Similarly Marcello Galanti founded Intercontinental Electronics S.p.A., later known as Viscount International S.p.A to design and manufacture electronic organs after leaving his brothers in 1969.
Galanti guitars were also recognized for their craftsmenship and used widely by professionals at the time in Italy. During the 1950's, in response to Elvis Presley, the growing popularity of rock music, and especially after the success of the Beatles, electric guitars became all the rage and lined the shelves of department stores across the United States and all over the developed world. This led to a multitude of instrument makers adding guitars to their production including accordion manufacturers.