Galletta Guitars

Eric Galletta started making guitars with his uncle Uncle Alejandro Soler in the 1980s. They used a patented natural seashell finish on their electric guitars. Galletta also collaborated / apprenticed with Wayne Charvel again making customized guitars with the natural seashell finishes (Ritz Guitars), as well as other custom instruments. He started Galletta Guitars in the early 1990s to build his own line of guitars. Galletta has made guitars for for many top recording artists and musicians including: The Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody.

Source: - Galletta Guitars (19 June 2017)


Futurama guitars were made in Czechoslovakia and later Sweden for the UK distributer Selmer. Selmer also distributed Hofner instruments and the Futurama line was supposed to be a cheaper alternative to the Hofners. The first Futuramas (circa 1958) were made in Czechoslovakia by the Drevokov Cooperative (Resonet), from 1959 they were made by CSHN. In 1963 manufacture of the Futuramas was moved to Hagstrom in Sweden to improve the quality of the instruments. 

Source: Vintage Hofner - Futurama page (7 June 2017)


Fresher guitars were first introduced in 1973 by the Kyowa Company of Nagoya, Japan. Early Fresher guitars were budget instruments based on the popular American designs but by the late 1970s quality had improved and Fresher designs were becoming more original. The first and second generations of Fresher guitars were made for Kyowa by the Matsumotu Musical Instrument Manufacturer's Association, but Chushin Gakki made the third and fourth generations. In 1977 Fresher launched a series of electric guitars with built in effects. Kyowa stopped producing Fresher guitars in 1985.

Source: Vintage Guitar Magazine: Fresher Guitars by Michael Wright (31 May 2017)

Source: Music - Fresher (31 May 2017)

WASHBURN EA20 Melissa (Limited edition)

Washburn Melissa EA20 Limited Edition acoustic guitar

The Washburn Melissa EA20 Limited edition is a single Florentine cutaway acoustic guitar  similar to the Washburn EA20, except with a special Melissa fingerboard inlay, available in Black finish. This model was designed in collaboration with Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers) and has an Allman Brothers sound-hole label with a Gregg Allman signature. It is thought that only 500 instruments were built and each one is individually numbered.

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Franklin Guitars are made by master luthier Nick Kukich, who has been making guitars since 1971. Kukich established the Franklin Guitar company in 1974, in Franklin Missouri. Kukich was joined by Laurence Ostrow who distributed instruments through his company - Guitar's Friend. By 2017 Kukich had made more that 600 Franklin acoustic guitars.

Source: Franklin Guitar Company website (25 May 2017)


Rickenbacker 320 electric guitar

The Rickenbacker 320 was introduced in 1958. It was one of the short-scale 300 series electrics (model numbers 310 to 325) with a 20.75" scale length, dot fretboard inlays, and small (12.75" wide) bodies. The body is unbound, semi-hollow (but without any sound holes). These short-scale 300 series models were designed as student models, but became popular when John Lennon played a Rickenbacker 325 during the early years of The Beatles. The 320 is the non-tremolo version of the 325 that Lennon played. The 320 was discontinued as a production model in 1994.

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Firstman was a Japanese guitar and amplifier company founded in 1967 by Kazuo Morioka, an ex Teisco employee. Firstman also had an licensing agreement with Semi Mosely to produce Japanese Mosrites. The Firstman branded guitars lasted until 1969 and the company eventually became Mosrite Japan in the early 1970s.

Source: 1968 Firstman and Mosrite Japanese catalog

Source: Drowing in guitars- Firstman Broadway guitar (12 May 2017)


Lindo was founded in 2003 in Bristol, UK as a distributor of affordable electric, acoustic and bass guitars as well as ukuleles, amplifiers and accessories. They sell direct to the public from their website, rather than via a distribution network of music stores.

Source: Lindo website (10 May 2017)

Fenton Weill

Henry Weill founded the Fenton-Weill company in 1960 after Jim Burns left the short-lived Burns-Weill parnership. Fenton-Weill made electric guitars and basses as well as amplifers in London. Weill started small in his own house but by 1963 he had a factory at 96 Lots Road in Chelsea, with a number of employees and was making instruments for Hofner and Selmer. By 1965, however, Fenton-Weill was out of the guitar & amp business.

Source: The Burns Book. Paul Day. 1979. PP Publishing.

Source: Early 1960s Fenton-Weill catalog.

Francis Day and Hunter (FDH)

Francis, Day & Hunter was a British music publishing company founded in London in 1877 by brothers William and James Francis and David Day as W&J Francis and Day. Harry Hunter joined in 1880 and the company was renamed Francis, Day & Hunter. FDH also distributed guitars, amplifiers and banjos in the 1950s under the brand names Mohawk and John Grey amongst others. By 1972 Francis, Day and Hunter had been taken over EMI and the FDH brand name was no-longer.

Source: IMSLP Francis Day and Hunter (3 May 2017)


Fedden clear acrylic guitars were hand made by George Fedden starting out in Commack, New York before moving to Port Washington. Bodies were acrylic strat, tele or Les Paul style with necks carved by Vinny Fodera and set up by Joe Lauricella. Fedden guitars were available with acrylic, wood, or graphite necks and any hardware combination. Fedden also produced transparent acrylic guitars with colored liquid inside giving a wave motion effect.

Source: Fedden catalog 1999

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The Aquila brandname was associated with Favilla Guitars, Inc. of Long Island, who imported Japanese made Aquila guitars in the 1960s and early 1970s. The  Favila brand name is now associated with the Italian Aquila Corde Armoniche company who make gut and synthetic strings.

Source: Those fabulous Favillas

HERALD HL34 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)


Just bought my pink Herald HL34 for £3 at a church funds auction. Tuned it in the car park, played it in the car as my husband drove us home. A very nice learner and beyond guitar, very happy with the sound which is of a more expensive model.


Mark Naron and Bob Kelley established Fastback Guitars in 2010 as a small company, based in Seattle, Washington. Fastback are builders of electric and bass guitars as well as overdrive effects and pickups. Fastback Guitars has an active dealer network with pickups available in Germany, Belgium and North America. Products are shipped world-wide.

 Source: Fastback Guitars website (2 May 2017)

Feline Guitars

Jonathan Law established Feline Guitars in 1997 and continues to produce high quality guitars in small numbers. A regular at the UK guitar shows, Jonathan also specialises in guitar repairs, guitar upgrades and improvements. Look out for the Feline promotional artwork by artist Vince Ray. Feline also has an exclusive collaboration with Blackmachine to build their popular B6 model.

Source: Feline Guitars website (2 May 2017)

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