Ibanez RS924

Ibanez RS924 bass guitar

The Ibanez RS924 was a Roadster Series bass introduced around 1981. The RS924 had an ash body with three-piece maple neck & fretboard. The pickups were Ibanez Super P4, Super J4 and controls were volume, passive tone, active bass & treble cut & boost with a two way switch for active/passive circuit, three way pickup selection switch.

Source: Ibanez 1981 catalog

Read more ...

Monroe

Monroe electric guitars and basses were made in El Paso, Texas in the late 1980s.

Source: Monroe Guitars catalog 1989

Barbero

Marcelo Barbero was born in 1904, he went to work for Jose Ramirez and later Jose Ramirez II and by the 1930s was making guitars under his own name. When Santos Hernandez died in 1943, Barbero was hired to complete unfinished Santos Hernandez instruments. Working on the Santos Hernandez guitars influenced Barbero's style until the late 1940s when his guitars began to show more clearly his own ideas. In 1951 Barbero completed his best known guitar: a flamenco guitar used by the legendary gypsy flamenco player Sabicas (Agustín Castellón Campos) on his recordings in the 1950s.

Mohawk

Mohawk was a Francis Day and Hunter (FDH) brand name used for lap-steel guitars and banjos sold in the UK in the 1950s. These instruments were made in England. The origin of the Mohawk brand name most likely originates from three of the founders of FDH: Harry Hunter and brothers William and James Francis. William and James were members of a leading London music hall troupe the Mohawk Minstrels. Harry Hunter also joined the Mohawks in 1874.

Source: Francis Day and Hunter catalog 1953

Claas

Alexander Claas makes high end electric guitars and basses in Burgdorf near Hanover, Germany. Claas was a professional furniture maker who turned his interest in instrument making into a full time career when he founded Claas Guitars. The Claas Moby Dick guitar & bass design was perfected in 2009 and employs an ergonomic headless design with an elongated neck joint and fanned frets.

Source: Claas Guitars website (8 June 2018)

Odyssey

Odyssey Guitars was founded in Vancouver by Ken Lindemere, Joe Sallay, and Attila Balogh. Ken and Joe had a retail music store in Vancouver and Attila ran a guitar repair shop. Ken & Joe used Attila's services for any refinishing work. Over the years they became friends and in 1977 decided to start Odyssey: Joe was in charge of retail while Attila & Ken did the design and manufacture. By 1979 they had a total staff of 8 and were making around 50 instruments per month.

Lindemere

In the 1970s Ken Lindemere established a music store with Joe Sallay in Vancouver which grew to be one of the biggest in the city. In 1977 they teamed up with Attila Balogh to found Odyssey Guitars. Odyssey had a small production factory making high end electric guitars and basses with a neck-through-body design. Lindemere left Odyssey in 1981 to study for an MBA, and Odyssey closed in 1982. For the next 22 years he ran various departments of his family's industrial distribution and manufacturing business until they sold it in 2002.  He relocated to Chile to set up a distribution centre and ended up settling there and building guitars again.

Mr Peters

Peter P. Sceusa filed a patent for a guitar neck in 1961 (granted in 1963). Sceusa's neck had an asymmetric profile that was designed to fit the natural arch of the player's hand. Rickenbacker licensed the technology in 1963 but these necks were not popular and Rickenbacker dropped the Sceusa neck option in 1964. The "Mr Peters" brand name appeared on at least one guitar in the early 1960s, made in Santa Ana and using the Sceusa asymmetric neck profile.

Source: Peter P. Sceusa patent #3091150

Source: Rickenbacker Electric 12-String: The Story of the Guitars, the Music, and the Great Players. Tony Bacon, 2010. Backbeat Books

VanderMeij

Koen van der Meij founded VanderMeij Guitars in 2013 after years of playing guitar and graduating in woodworking and furniture making. Since 2015, he has been crafting his instruments in his workshop in Amsterdam. With VanderMeij Guitars, he aims to create perfection in looks, tone and playability to provide the modern guitarist with the best. The VanderMeij Magistra is popular mostly among heavy metal players and Koen specializes in multi-scale and extended range guitars including 6, 7 and 8-string guitars. Koen works closely with professional touring guitarists to improve every aspect of his guitars.

Lady Luck

Lady Luck was a brand name of Lady Luck Industries of Cary, IL, a musical instrument distributor founded by Terresa Ann Miller (1949 - 2017). Miller was previously an import manager for a musical instrument manufacturer who went on to start her own company in the 1980s. She designed guitars and basses which were made in Korea for distribution in the US. They sold for around $100 to $300 and were available from 1986 to 1990. As well as Lady Luck and Nouveau brand guitars, Lady Luck Industries also distributed Adder Plus pickups and EV Star Cables.

Source: Terresa Ann Miller obitutary (2017)

Milburn

Orville and Robert Milburn are a father and son guitar classical guitar making team in Sweet Home in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. They began making guitars in 1989. Initially they were self taught but they later had instruction from Jeffrey Elliott and Cyndy Burton, and also recieved advice from other local luthiers including John Gilbert . They concentrated on making classical guitars in the Hauser style, and have also produced useful guides to French polishing techniques for classical guitar finishing.

Source: Milburn Guitars website (archived 2013)

Alan Miller

Alan Miller has been making stringed instruments in the UK since the late 1970s. Most of his work is acoustic and electric guitars but he also makes bespoke instruments including: citterns, bowed or harp guitars, cellos, nyckelharpas and bouzoukis.

Source: Alan Miller Guitars website (23 May 2018)

Darkmoon

Darkmoon Pickups was established in 2010 by the current master winder and owner Mark V. For the first six years the company released products solely for independent guitar builders and luthiers. Following an expansion in 2016, Darkmoon began selling to the public and released their signature humbuckers. Divided into Vintage and Black Arts series, the signature line covers a very wide range of music styles from blues and jazz to heavy metal. Aside from guitar pickups, Darkmoon also offers guitar wiring harnesses, instrument cables, and custom pickguards.  The company has introduced a large variety of custom cosmetic options such as real mother of pearl or celluloid inlays, gold foils and engraved humbucker covers.

Migma

Migma is a musical instrument makers cooperative based in Markneukirchen who have been selling bowed, fretted instruments, and wind instruments (plus accessories and components) since 1943. It became part of the Musima corporation under East German communist rule -  although many of its instrument makers continued to work from their own small workshops. Although Musima was closed in the 1990s, Migma is still operates as a collective of Markneukirchen instrument makers.

Source: Migma catalog 1956

Source: Migma website (18 May 2018)

Stadlmair

Henry Stadlmair Company Inc. was a New York distributor of musical instruments from 1923 to around 1928. In the 1870s Henry Stadlmair began working with C Bruno and Sons, by 1914 he had risen to the rank of Vice President and General Manager. He left Bruno & Sons and formed his own distribution company in 1923. Stadlmair's ukulele, guitar, tiple and banjo brands included: Miami, Avalon, Ace and Triple X. he was also the east coast distributor of Weissenborn. Stadlmair's company appears to have ceased trading in the late 1920s possibly as a consequence of the Wall Street Crash. Henry died in 1940, but was survived by his son Harry who also worked in music distribution for Bruno and Sons.

Miami

Miami ukuleles and tiples were distributed by Henry Stadlmair of New York from the mid to late 1920s. Stadlmair was the East Coast distributor of Hermann Weissenborn. Weissenborn is said to have made some Miami instruments, but most would have been made by Oscar Schmidt or Tuarturro. The label states that these ukueles were Used & Endorsed by Ukulele Hughes.

Source: Lardy's Ukulele database (12 May 2018)

Source: Wiessenborn Miami Ukulele advert & label - reverb.com

Musicraft

Musicraft was a San Francisco company established around 1967 by Bert Casey (President) and Arnold Curtis (Senior Vice-President). They introduced the Messenger range of guitars and amplifiers,  built around a patented aluminum chassis. This aluminum chassis was tuned to resonate at 440Hz and extended throughout the guitar's length - allowing a thin fast playing neck. The fingerboard was located outside the sound chamber for unobstructed access to all frets. The Messenger had electronics equipped for both mono and stereo signals and the bass and treble signals could be amplified separately. Finish options included yellow, red, black and sunburst and there was also a 12-string and a fretless bass model.

Source: Musicraft Creates New Guitar Neck. Billboard. 13 May, 1967. Page 62.

Source: Musicraft Messenger catalog 1967

Subscribe to Front page feed