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.

Strunal

Musical instrument maker Strunal Schönbach, based in Luby in the Czech Republic, was founded in 1922. When it was privatised in 1992 Strunal began 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.

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.

Delta (Nashville)

There's not much information around on the Delta brand models but according to the Blue Book of Guitars  this brand was used on electric guitars made in the USA from imported parts around 2003 to 2006 by Musician's Wholesale America of Nashville, Tennesse. They have "Delta, Nashville Tennesse" on the headstocks and sold for around $900. I can't find any website for Musician's Wholesale America. They had a Les Paul type electric as well as a hollow bodied Jazz guitar.

Cheval

Franck Cheval has been a luthier since 1981 and is a long time authorized repairer for Martin guitars. Franck Cheval has built hundreds of custom guitars, mainly steel stringed acoustics and archtops. Since 2005 Cheval has been a contributor to the Acoustic Guitarist magazine as well as other publications on guitar collecting and vintage guitars.

Teton

Teton is a brand created by the Chesbro Music Company of Idaho in 2010. Teton instruments are distributed in the USA and Canada and are pitched as mid-range instruments, made in the best Chinese guitar factories.

Checkmate

Checkmate guitars (electric, acoustic, basses and banjos) were made in Taiwan and Korea in the early 1970s and during the 1960s in Japan. Teisco in Japan also made amplifiers with the Checkmate brand, starting from the mid 1960s.

 Source: Checkmate page (Jimmy Noise)

Cheri

American / Korean partnership which started in the early 1990s producing in Korea, high quality hand finished copies using American hardwoods. The brand started as Chevy, was changed to Chery for a time during 1993-1994 and finally to Cheri in 1994 (according to www.jedistar.com). By 1996 the brand name was discontinued.

Charis

Bill Wise founded Charis Acoustic in 1996, when he turned his considerable engineering experience to the project of building a finger style acoustic guitar. The results were so good that Bill decided to become a full time guitar maker. Charis currently (circa 2016) offer two standard acoustic models - a small jumbo and a dreadnought steel string.

Tilton

William B. Tilton was granted a patent in 1851 (US8338) for a new way of bracing violins, using a dowel through the middle of the body (like a banjo). Three years later Tilton was granted another patent  (US10380A) for the method of attaching strings to a tailpiece at the foot of the guitar (like on a violin). These improvements were well received (innovation was the spirit of the age) and Tilton was awarded medals at the annual fair of the American Institute .

Castle

Castle Instrments of Madison, New Jersey made a phase shifter effect - the Castle Phaser III in the early 1980s. There is no evidence of any other guitar related products from this company.

Channel

Channel (by HANA) was a brand name of the Korean ESM International Company Ltd. In the mid 1990s there were Channel brand electric, acoustic and bass guitars distributed in the USA.

Chickenbone John

Chickenbone John is the Godfather of the cigar box guitar in the UK. He's been making and playing cigar box guitars since around 2006. Based in the West Midlands in the UK, he exports his products all over the world He also teaches, run workshops and organizes "Boxstock", the UK cigar box guitar festival. He is a regular fixture at UK music festivals. He also owns and distributes Zipha brand resophonic guitars which are imported from China.

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