Most guitars are based on other guitars manufactured in the 1950's and 60's. For example, the basic shape of the Maranello is based on a Swedish Hagström of the late 1950's. The Modena is based on an Italian Crucianelli from the early 1960s'. The guitars have been used by many musicians, most notably Chris Rea who discovered them after recovering from pancreatitis and deciding to embrace the blues.
An Italia Mondial Classic guitar is featured prominently in the 2005 Japanese movie Linda Linda Linda performed by Yuu Kashii as Kei Tachibana. The same guitar was also played by Haruhi Suzumiya in the 2006 anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.