B&G Little Sister

B&G Little Sister electric guitar

The B&G Little Sister was designed by David Weitzman (a jewelry artist who also makes the brass hardware for the Little Sister). Weitzman was taken with the throaty tone of the early small bodied parlor guitars played by the delta bluesmen and came up with a design that combined a early parlor acoustic with a modern electric guitar. He took this design to B&G who loved it and eventually put it into production as the Little Sister model in 2015.

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Brook

Brook Guitars produce high quality handmade acoustic guitars in a rural workshop on the edge of Dartmoor in the South West of England. After spending a number of years working with Andy Manson, one of the UK’s most respected luthiers, Simon Smidmore and Andy Petherick formed Brook Guitars in 1994, initially to produce A.B. Manson & Co.’s standard range of instruments allowing Andy to concentrate on his unique instruments.

Bruné

Richard Bruné made his first guitar in 1966, in part from his parents' dining room table. A career which began as a flamenco guitarist soon evolved into guitar making and a shop based at 800 Greenwood Street in Evanston. Bruné was one of the founding fathers of the Guild of American Luthiers (www.luth.org) and its first elected president. His work has been displayed by many major museums. Bruné also lectures and is a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine.

Bodkin

Bodkin Guitars was the brand name of John C Martin. Martin was a student of Ivon Shmuckler, Brad Nickerson, William Cumpiano, Thomas Knatt, Bill Moll, and Bob Zatzmann. Circa 2009 John Martin was offering three standard acoustic models: a concert sized model, the JM model and a Kasha braced model.
 

Baranik

Michael Baranik is a luthier based in California’s San Luis Obispo County, he is known for his acoustic guitars. Baranik first took guitar-building classes at Phoenix's Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 1993 and then apprenticed with head instructor John Reuter for several months. In 1995, he joined the newly established Phoenix Guitar Company, which provided valuable experience in building, repairing and finishing.

Tony Cochran

Tony Cochran is a syndicated cartoonist. His other mission in life is to rescue the unused, electric guitars languishing beneath dirty laundry in the corners of unkempt bedrooms,  leaning against dusty duct work in damp basements, or forgotten in the Narnian regions in the back of cupboards. He takes these unloved and forgotten guitars and transforms them into art using bits and pieces of machines acquired from rummaging through garage sales, charity shops and church bazaars.

YAMAHA FG420A

Yamaha FG420A acoustic guitar

The FG420A was a budget dreadnought shaped acoustic available between 1989 and 1995, but with some nice touches like an abalone rosette, bound fingerboard and the usual Yamaha build quality. The suggested retail price was $379. The top was spruce with black pick guard. The sides back and neck were made from nato and the fingerboard was bubinga with pearl dots. Both neck and body were bound. Tuners were chrome.

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BOLT

Bolt Guitars Incorporated was founded by Wayne G Bolt and James Dalla Palu. Bolt  had been making tooling and fixtures for other manufacturers (like Martin), but in 1991 they used their technical expertise to create their own branded American made electric guitars, built using the latest CNC technology. By the mid to late 1990s however the production of Bolt Guitars had ceased.

GIBSON COLLECTOR'S CHOICE SERIES

The Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice series, launched in 2010, are faithful replicas of one-of-a-kind historic (mainly 1958-1960s) Les Pauls. Gibson contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their unique guitars, giving players and collectors a chance to own a close copy of a vintage era Les Paul. The Collector’s Choice range is a mixture of Les Pauls played by famous players and other non-famous guitars that are simply stunning examples of Les Pauls that legendary era.

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Bix Super Strat

Bix Super Strat Electric guitar

Jerry Bix was a custom guitar builder from North Devon, UK. He generally made two grades of instruments - the Exotics (like this one) and the Standards. Both grades had set maple necks with ebony fingerboards and mother of pearl inlays, but the Exotics had fancier inlay shapes, figured body woods, fancier finishes and higher spec hardware. The figured wood pickguard, as seen on this super strat, was a typical Bix feature.

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Bix

Jerry Bix was a custom builder of electric guitars and basses in North Devon, UK. He is probably best known for luxurious versions of well known designs, using exotic woods, subtle colourings and top quality components. Scratchplates cut out of the same figured wood as the guitar front give a unique distinction to his most prestigious instruments; he was perhaps the only maker offering this option at the time.

St. Blues

The Saint Blues brand had its origins in 1960s Memphis. Custom luthiers Charles Lawing and Tom Keckler worked together at Mike Ladd’s Guitar City across the street from Graceland. The first Bluesmaster, the signature St. Blues model, was designed by Lawing and Keckler before Keckler left to help start Schecter Guitars in Los Angeles. Interest of local musicians in the Bluesmaster guitars led to the official creation of the St. Blues brand in 1985. In the five years that followed, St.

Jackson Guldan

The Jackson Guldan Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) was a musical instrument manufacturer active in the first half of the 20th Century. In the early 1900s Jackson Guldan used carving machines to make cheap violins enabling it to compete with the German trade violin industry. The disruption to trans-atlantic trade caused by World Wars I and II enabled Jackson Guldan to become the largest factory producer of violins in the USA at that time.  As trade with Germany resumed in the 1950s, Jackson Guldman could no-longer compete with the cheaper German imported violins.

TAMA

TAMA was a brand name of the Seisakusho Company in Aichi, Japan (founded in 1962 as part of Hoshino Gakki). Seisakusho initially produced guitars, amplifiers and drums for Ibanez. In 1974 the first TAMA branded guitar featured in a Ibanez brochure: a dreadnought acoustic guitar. In the next 3 years more steel-string and classical guitars were added to the TAMA line-up. The steel-strings were copies of Martin acoustic guitars. In 1977 TAMA changed their line of guitars and used a T-style logo on changed headstock design.

Toone

Rick Toone is an innovative guitar builder with a firm belief in ergonomic design. He holds patents for the Trapezoid Neck Profile and the Intersecting Neck Profile, created to maximize biomechanical leverage in the human hand. Rick also holds additional patents on intonation and tuning hardware, including the Intonation Adjustable Nut, Intonation Cantilever Bridge and Positional Constant String Pitch Control System.

Bluebird 56

Bluebird 56 guitars are made by  a team of three Italian luthiers and musicians. They hand build guitars in an eco-friendly manner eschewing the use of any harmful chemicials and plan to use only wood from dead trees.

BLUE STAR GUITARS

Blue Star guitar company was established in 1991 by Bruce Herron in Ganges, Michigan. The first production Blue Star instrument was the Travelcaster - a mini electric guitar which was distributed worldwide by Elderly Instruments. Elderly still sell Blue Star instruments online. The Travelcaster was soon followed by  a full sized electric guitar - the Psychocaster, and then by the Lapmaster lap steel. Next came the Mandoblaster electric mandolin, the Banjocaster electric banjo and finally the Konablaster electric ukulele completed the Blue Star family.

Galveston

Not much is known about Galveston... They don't have an official website.  You can see form a quick web search that they do a little bit of everythiing... from copies, to lucite guitars, to travel guitars, to weird stuff like 3-neck & square guitars. I'd love to know more about the brand.

 

 

Blast Cult One4Five

Blast Cult One4Five upright bass

The Blast Cult One4Five is an upright bass designed to be powerful and durable for players who use amplification but still want a natural tone with no feedback. Its strength and feedback resistance derive from its five-ply maple laminate construction and its unique hardwood fingerboard and tail-piece, especially when matched with the Blast Cult Channel Blaster pick-up system. All seams and joints are glued with Gorilla Glue for extra strength.  The neck is hand shaped hard maple. The One4Five has a scalelength of 41 inches (3/4 scale). Standard Colors: Black, Natural, Antique white.

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Bigsby

In the 1940s, Paul A. Bigsby was a foreman at a machine shop in Los Angeles owned by Albert Crocker of the Crocker Motorcycle Company. Paul’s interest in motorcycles and Western music brought him into contact with Merle Travis and they became good friends. Merle brought his Gibson L-10 guitar to Bigsby for him to fix its worn out Kaufman vibrato. On seeing the problems with the Kaufman design Travis ended up designing a whole vibrato mechanism which worked much better. The new Bigsby design quickly became the vibrato of choice for most guitar manufacturers.

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