Casa Dotesio

Casa Dotesio was a Bilbao musical publishing house, which went on to become Unión Musical Española. It was the largest Spanish music publishing company from 1900 and 1914. It was founded by Louis Ernest Dotesio (born in Paris, 1855) who was a chemist and lithographer. Dotesio was a founding member of the Bilbao Graphic Arts Society and a musical and operatic impresario. In 1885 Dotesio opened his first music shop (in calle María Muñoz, nº 8), where he began to sell his own editions of musical works by local composers.

Union Musical Espanola

Union Musical Espanola is a Spanish music publisher and musical instrument shop that originally started out as Casa Dotesio in Bilbao. The company moved to Madrid in 1914 and was renamed Unión Musical Española. You can find classical guitars with the label Unión Musical Española (Antes Casa Dotesio).

Rift Amps

Rift Amplification is a boutique amplifier company founded by Chris Fantana in Brackley, UK. Rift amps and effects are hand-wired by Fantana and Jamie Neath. They also run amp building courses where you can make your own amplifier.

Source: Rift Amplification website (3 February 2023)

Desert Star

Desert Star electric guitars are made by Dave Newman. Dave runs a small shop building high quality instruments. They don't seem to have a website at the moment so I think the best way to contact him circa 2023 is @LtDave32 on

Christian Dörr

Christian Dörr is a German luthier who was born in 1963. He began making guitars while still growing up in Neustadt. He trained as a luthier for plucked instruments in Mittenwald and made his first concert guitar at the age of 20. He makes custom classical, acoustic and electric guitars as well as doing repairs.

Rene Baarslag

Rene Baarslag was born in Holland in 1948. He studied mechanical engineering before moving to Spain to study flamenco but then decided pursue a guitar making career. He settled in Granada, the traditional heartland of Spanish guitar making where he some of the great luthiers and apprenticed with Antonio Marin Montero. He has been actively making guitars since 1980.

Source: Rene Baarslag guitars website (23 January 2023)

Soren Lischke

Soren Lischke is a German classical guitar maker who has made guitars inspired by Romanillos, Antonio de Torres  as well as a reproduction of an 1860 guitar "Ella". In 2017 he was based in Boom, Antwerp in Belgium but by 2020 he had moved to Karlsrhue in Germany.

Antonio Ariza

Antonio Ariza is a Spanish maker of flamenco and classical guitars. He has been making guitars in Granada since the 1960s - possibly earlier?


Cherman Guitars was founded in 2018 in Buenos Aires by German García Duran a sound engineer and guitar and bass builder. The Cherman range includes original electric guitar designs: the Coral, Valencia, India and Coral JR as well as the Emma bass. Cherman can also make custom guitars inspired by the classic strat and tele models.

Source: Cherman Guitars website (22 January 2023)


The Badlands Guitar Company was founded by online guitar personality The Tone King, Luka Skalabrin, Phillip McKnight and Brian Olexy. The founders are fans of 1980s hard rock music and gear and they launched the company to make gear inspired by that era. Custom guitars with eye catching graphics (like the Jackson built Charvels) were central to the early 1980s Los Angeles heavy metal scene & Badlands want to echo that style. In early 2023 they announced their first guitar: the Badlands GX1 Redline (with a price of $2499). The GX1 Redline is a super-strat made in the USA with red stripe graphics over a black body and custom USA made pickups.

Source: Badlands Guitar Company website (22 January 2023)


Jim Herlin is a Swedish electric guitar maker.

The New Vintage

The New Vintage (TNV) was founded by Kevin Gullion and is based in Alberta, Canada. Kevin worked in engineering for many years before switching to furniture making while recovering from an illness. He specialized in one-off chairs made from old wood recovered from farm buildings. He carried on this approach into guitar making - trying to make original guitar designs inspired by vintage instruments. He still sometimes uses reclaimed wood and hardware for his guitars.

Source: The New Vintage website (19 January 2023) | address: Swansea, United Kingdom | Tel: +44 7366 885355 | e-mail: [email protected]


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