Atlansia Peleske electric guitar

The Atlansia Peleske was introduced in 1997. This unusually shaped electric guitar has Atlansia's own designed hardware including ttuners, bridge and pickup. The headstock shape has changed over the years on this model - the older version has 4-up 2-down tuner layout with banjo style tuners - newer version has a more strat-like peghead, with 3-per side conventional tuners.

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Atlansia Oxford Passive


The body is ash or soft maple. The bolt-on neck is Canadian hard rock maple, with an ebony fingerboard and a 34 inch scale length. Machine heads, pickups (ARSX4) and tailpiece are all made by Altlansia and finished in gold. Controls are one volume and one tone, I believe there are also individual switches for the four single string pickups. Finish is polyurethane.

The Oxford basses have two neck support bars. These most probably help sustain by limiting the headstock vibration (conserving the strings vibrational energy)

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Atlansia Victoria Arc electric bass guitar

The Atlansia Victoria Arc is a 4-string electric bass distributed in Japan only. The Victoria Arc has a distinctive bird-shaped sound hole, body scroll and four individual coil pickups. The individual bridge tailpiece is Atlansia Piper - with screw adjustment.

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The Argus brand was introduced in 1980 by the Japanese distributor Kyowa. This was Kyowa's attempt to launch a high end guitar brand (they had "Super Excellent" on the peghead) and they involved Mr. Shiino of Vestax / H.S. Anderson as a consultant. Their Les Paul "Live Road" copy sold for over ¥100,000 (around $420 at the time) and their strat copy was around ¥80,000. An acoustic was also available.

Source: Argus information at

Arch Kraft

Arch Kraft was one of the budget guitar brands produced by Kay.

Arcane Inc

Rob Timmons founded Arcane Inc to produce quality hand-made guitar pickups. Timmons wound his first pickup in 1990 while attending the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and since then he has worked for numerous companies in the guitar industry from large guitar manufacturers to small custom builders like Valley Arts and Tobias handling everything from running custom shops and artist relations programs to entire guitar divisions. For years before Arcane Inc. pickups were available in a retail setting they were being built for OEM accounts.


Kope Veneman founded the Kapa brand in 1962 - the Kapa name was derived from the intials of his family. Kapa owned music shops (Veneman's Music in Silver Springs and Rockville, Maryland) before starting to make his own instruments in the period 1962 to 1970. The Kapa guitar factory was located on 46th street Edmonston. Kope was a Dutch immigrant and before emigrating he worked with his father Albert Veneman in the Netherlands where they established the AMKA brand - which had an almost identical logo to Kapa.


Dale Unger was born in 1954 and grew up in Nazareth, PA, home of Martin Guitar where in his teens he became inspired by meeting skilled guitar builders. He started building acoustic guitars in 1977 in collaboration with friend Dick Boak. In 1993 he began an apprenticeship with Archtop guitar builder, Robert Benedetto. Gradually, he started incorporating Bob’s secrets with his own ideas. In 1996, inspired by Bob and Cindy Benedetto, he began offering his own handmade Archtop guitars under the American Archtop Brand.

GIBSON ES-125 T 3/4

Gibson ES-125 3/4 sized electric guitar

Gibson made this three-quarter sized version of the ES-125T from 1957 until 1970. This guitar had the same thinline 1.75" body depth as the full sized ES-125T, and a single P-90 pickup.

Source: Gibson Electrics - The Classic Years. A.R. Duchossoir (1998)

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Gibson ES-335 Pro electric guitar

GIBSON made the ES-335 PRO between 1979 and 1981. The ES-335 Pro had two uncovered high-output Dirty Finger humbuckers and came in Antique Sunburst or Cherry Red finish with chrome plated hardware. Gibson described the ES-335 Pro as follows (in 1979):

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Gibson CL-30 Deluxe acousic guitar

GIBSON made the CL-30 DELUXE (CL30) between 1997 and 1998. The Gibson CL-30 Deluxe was a solid spruce topped dreadnought acoustic with bubinga back and sides. The body has multi-ply binding, the sound-hole rosette was mother-of-peal and abalone and the fingerboard had distinctive abalone floret inlays. The CL-30 Deluxe was made in the Gibson Bozeman Montana factory - and was a pre-cursor to the Songwriter Series.

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Alpaca travel acoustic guitar

Introduced in 2013, the Alpaca is a go-anywhere adventure guitar designed to withstand the elements without sacrificing sound. Its rugged build is top quality carbon fiber, flax fabric, and bio-derived resins. This combination produces an incredibly lightweight and strong instrument. The body is composed of a carbon fiber shell and flax fabric reinforcement for tone. The soundboard is constructed of carbon fiber, flax fabric, sugar maple inlays and an integrated bridge and fingerboard. Alpaca guitars are constructed with bio-derived epoxy and solvent.

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Uilke Egmond found the Egmond brand in 1932 initially in his music school and shop in Valkenswaard where he sold instruments imported from the Eastern Europe. In 1935 the business moved to Eindhoven.


The Alamo Electronic Corporation was originally set up by Southland Music and Charles Eilenberg post World War II (ca. 1947), making record players and battery-powered radios. They went on to produce musical instrument cases and around 1949 or 1950 moved on to making amplifiers and lap steel guitars. The first Alamo solid body guitars appeared around 1960 and Alamo guitars were made until around 1970.  Alamo amplifiers were made until the early 1980s, when Alamo combined with a company called Southwest Technical Products.


Alden is the brand of UK guitar designer Alan Entwhistle (Alden derives from his name ALan David ENtwhistle). Entwhistle has been designing guitars since 1962 but the current Alden brand guitars are a collaboration between Entwhistle's designs and Chinese/Korean guitar manufacturers. Alan has been involved in guitar design since the early 60’s and the Alden range draws on some of the more intesting classic designs of the last 5 decades.


Yamaha RBX260 electric bass guitar

YAMAHA manufactured the RBX260 between 1996 and 2000. The RBX260, with its alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and P-style pickup, offers good value for the price: a great first bass guitar for a beginner. Also available fretless as the RBX260F

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Albanus was the brand name of Chicago luthier Carl Albanus Johnson. Johnson was one of the few makers building quality carved archtop guitars in the 1960s. Trained as a violin maker he learned guitar making at the Boston workshop of Elmer Stromberg. Moving to Chicago in the 1950's, Johnson built a reputation among the local guitarists for his archtop instruments which, like those of D'Angelico, were usually built to order.


Akai Professional entered the electronic music industry in 1984, since then, Akai Professional have developed a range of products for modern musicians both in studio and on stage. Although best known for their digital sampling technology, they also make guitar effects and even developed a short lived range of guitars and basses in the late 1990s.

AJL Guitars

AJL guitars are hand made in Finland by Ari-Jukka Luomaranta. AJL produce Selmer & Maccafferi style acoustic guitars for Gypsy Jazz players, as well as archtop models and original designs (like the Gypsy Fire model). AJL even created a silent travel guitar for Gypsy Swing players, this guitar can be easily dissasembled and will fit in hand luggage.

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