JMG Ukulele

JMG Ukulele

The JMG Ukulele was introduced after World War II when Les O'Connell and Jack Maskiell established the JMG Company in Perth Australia. Les and Jack had both been prisoners of war in Changi Prison in Singapore. During their time in the prison they had carved a ukulele from scrap wood.

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Indiana

Indiana Guitar Company is a brand established in the 1990s and owned by SHS International. Indiana Guitar Company off acoustic, electric, classical and bass guitars.

Eddy Finn

Eddy Finn is an SHS International owned brand which provides a range of ukuleles and accessories.

Sundown

Sundown amplifiers were made in the USA by Sundown Technology Inc. Sundown Technology also owned the Rocky brand. Sundown was founded in 1984 by Denis Kager,  his first Sundown Amplifier was designed as a combo with a 12" speaker that could produce a wide range of tube sounds, but was small enough to fit in a road case or put in a car. This amp was the first true discreet channel switching amp - previous dual channels layered circuits on top of each other.

CARVIN DC200 Koa

Carvin DC200 Koa electric guitar

The CARVIN DC200 Koa was handmade at Carvin's Californian factory between 1981 and 1986. Both body and neck were made from Hawaiian Koa - the neck was set-in with a smooth heel. The fingerboard was ebony with mother of pearl block inlays. The DC200 Koa had stereo wiring with two output jacks - but could also be used for mono. Optional Khaler locking tremolo system.

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JMG

JMG (Jack Maskiell Guitars) was founded by Jack Maskiell who began making instruments in Adelaide before World War II. In the war he was posted to the Pacific and ended up a prisoner of war with Les O’Connell in Changi Prison, where they made a ukulele to pass the time. Despite losing a leg in Changi Maskiell went into partnership with O'Connell in Perth on their return Australia. They established a workshop in the yard of Perth builder RJ Davies and began making ukuleles.

Rocky

Rocky was an amplifier brand owned by Sundown Technologies Inc (Dennis Kager). Rocky amps were made in the 1980s.

Sundown Ad 1985

Sundown Amplifiers 1985 advert

This Sundown advert appeared in Guitar Player in January 1985. The text reads:

"You can put power and versatility in one amplifier! Sundown Amplifiers deliver clean sounds with punch and sizzle and overdrive sounds from subtle to earth-shaking. And all of these sounds are available at low “studio levels” and extremely loud performance levels, without compromising sound quality. If you are looking for your next amp, or if your present amp isn’t delivering everything you need, you owe it to yourself to check out Sundown.

StarSun

StarSun is a brand name introduced by the Chinese Huasheng Musical Instruments Group (who also owned the now discontinued Clevan brand). StarSun acoustic, electric and bass guitars are available.

 

Strunal

Musical instrument maker Strunal Schönbach is based in Luby in the Czech Republic and was founded in 1922. When it was privatised in 1992 Strunal was exporting Strunal and Amada branded guitars as well as Josef Jan Dvorak branded bowed instruments. Amada and Strunal guitars were initially distrubuted in the USA by Geneva International Corporation (Wheeling, Illinois) until 1997 when Strunal set up its own subsidiary, Strunal America Inc (Mountainside, New Jersey) which became the sole supplier in North America.

Kamel Chenaouy

Kamel Chenaouy is a French guitar designer and builder. Chenaouy designed the Apex Delta range of electric guitars in the 1980s.

ANDERBILT

The Anderbilt brand was founded by Earl F. Anderson and used in the late 1960s on a range of floating neck electric guitars made by the Anderson-Bevers manufacturing company of Raymondville, Texas.

The unique feature of Anderbilt guitars was their vibrato mechanism: the neck was mounted on springs and could be pushed in toward the body and pulled away to raise or lower the pitch. This led to tuning stability problems though, and could be the reason why they never took off.

Martial

Martial was a French electronics brand established in the 1940s, they also made guitar amplifiers in the 1960s and 1970s.

ANDREAS GUITARS

Andreas Guitars were designed by Austrian Luthier Andreas Pichler and made in Austria 1995-2004. Pichler trained in luthiery from 1991 until 1995 in Hallsatt, Salzburg and also in 1996 in Florence. His company was officially established in 1997, although he had already been making guitars since 1995.

Bedrock

The Bedrock Amplifier Company was founded 1984 by Brad Jeter and Ron Pinto in Nashua, New Hampshire. In 1988 they were joined by Jay Abend and Evan Cantor. Jeter and Pinto left in the early 1990s and the company moved to Framingham, Massachusetts where it was run by Cantor and Abend until it folded in 1997. Bedrock Amplifiers were all handmade from the cabinets to the electronics and were typically based on Vox AC-30 type designs.

Source: Bedrock amplifier tribute page

Claim

Claim guitars were made in Germany by the Sonor musical instrument factory between 1989-1991. Claim guitars were strat and superstrat style solid body electrics.

Wurlitzer

Rudolph Wurlitzer established his company in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1853. Wurlitzer originally imported stringed, woodwind and brass instruments from Germany for resale in the U.S.. In 1880 the company began making pianos. Eventually the company relocated to North Tonawanda, New York and quickly expanded to make band organs, orchestrions, nickelodeons and pipe or theater organs. Wurlitzer also sold guitars, made for them by other companies.

SHINANO

Seizo Shinano founded the Shinano Guitar Factory in mid 1960s. In the 1960s Shinano made three grades of instruments: introductory (models 13 to 43) intermediate (53 to 63) and professional (73 through 93). From the late 1960s onwards Shinano guitars in two series: Shinano Concert (SC) and Grand Shinano (GS) models. Mitsura Shinano guitars were distributed by the Daion company.

Source: Victor's Guitar Gallery - Shinano

CMI

There were two CMI brands. CMI (Cleartone Musical Instruments - the top logo above) was a UK distributer of Japanese made guitars and was owned by Jim Marshall. CMI was also a brand used by Chicago Musical Instruments Co. (the script logo with a star above) a musical instrument distributor founded in 1920. In 1944, CMI took a controlling interest in Gibson. In 1969, ECL, a South American company, acquired a majority of CMI shares, and the two companies merged to form a new company called Norlin Corp.

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