Occhineri electric guitars are hand-made by Peter A. Occhineri in Connecticut.



Ron and Susan Wickersham founded Alembic in 1969 as a consulting firm that worked with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills Nash & Young to improve the quality of their live sound and live recordings. After improving the technical aspects of the PA systems and live recording techniques, Alembic turned their attention to the electronics used in the guitars and basses the musicians were playing  to further improve the live sound. Touring bands were experiencing was too much electrical interference and unreliability with their instruments. Ron Wickersham designed low impedance pickups to increase the bandwidth. This also made the pickups low output and so he had to design an active on-board preamp to boost the signal. These were the first guitars with active electronics.


.strandberg* Guitars grew out of a project called the Ergonomic Guitar System started  in 2007 by Ola Strandberg.  Ola had been making guitars since the mid eighties, but his innovative Ergonomic Guitar System designs quickly gained momentum through Internet forums. Soon he was able leave his day job in software, patent his EndurNeck™ neck shape and devote his time to making .strandberg* Guitars.  .strandberg* Guitars focus on egonomics with a headless design, comfortable EndurNeck profile, fanned frets and ergonomic body shape that enables multiple playing positions. .strandberg* Guitars' use proprietary hardware and often come in 6, 7 and 8 string models as well as basses.

Source: Strandberg Guitars website (17 September 2018)


Fender SJ-65 S acoustic guitar

This information comes from A.Myers an owner of a 1999 Fender SJ-65S. He was curious to find out more about the history of these Fender SJ models so he emailed Fender, and they replied with the following information:

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Jaakko Noso (1913 - 2013) was a Finnish instrument maker. Noso made his first violin while in the army in 1933 and following the second world war began to sell his violins and guitars in local music shops. He opened his own factory in Järvenpää in 1945 where it ran until 1965. The factory was situated at Setulantie 13 - opposite the current music school (Keskisen Uudenmaan Musiikkiopisto), but was replaced by a block of apartments in 1973. At the peak of production in the late 1950s there were 12 people working there and it produced around 10,000 instruments in total - making Noso second only to Landola as a Finnish guitar maker. With success came large tax bills which led to the eventual closure of the Noso factory in 1965. Jaakko Nosos left Finland and moved to Vancouver, Canada. Noso made some instruments in Canada but it was difficult to compete with cheap Japanese instruments in the late 1960s.


Steve Hinde (Hinde Custom Instruments) has been building custom made instruments since 2002. Hinde makes: mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars, resonator guitars, electric mandolins and electric bass guitars. Hinde has earned a reputation for building great custom mandolins and guitars.


Dallas was a UK musical instrument manufacturing and distribution company, founded by John E. Dallas. Dallas began making banjos in 1873, eventually moving to premises at 415 Strand. In 1905-1906 Dallas' three sons were given directorships and the firm's title changed to John E. Dallas and Sons.

By the late 1920s, Dallas instruments were being mass produced under the brand name "Jedson." derived from Dallas' initials, "J.E.D", and "Sons". When John Dallas died in 1921 the form became a private limited company

In 1926 The firm moved to larger premises, at 6-10 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2, and became a wholesale importer and distributer of musical instruments. They moved again to Dallas moved to Ridgmount Street in 1937 (concinding with the introduction of the Ridgmount brand), before eventuallu settling in Clifton Street, EC2.


Phil Norsworthy established Norsworthy Guitars in 1992 and specialised in making high quality solid body electric guitars. Norsworthy previously worked with Patrick Eggle.

Source: Norsworthy Guitars catalog 1995


Charvel CX-290 electric guitar

The Charvel CX290 was made between 1992 and 1995. The CX290 was a basswood bodied stratocaster style electric. Pickups were HSS - a Jackson J-55 humbucker at the bridge and two J-110 single coils. The rosewodd fingerboard has a 15 inch radius.

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Edward Polak grew up in Belarus and has been making guitars since the age of 15.  Polak makes electric, bass and acoustic guitars (particularly guitars for Gypsy Jazz). He established his own company (ERG) in Russia in 1987 but has since moved to Israel and renamed his company Polak Guitars.

Source: Polak Guitars website (29 August 2018)


Anglo-Swiss luthier Patrick Hufschmid lives and works in the Aigle near Montreux in Switzerland. He studied acoustic steel string, electric guitar building and repair at Red Wing Technical College, Minnesota, USA, before starting out in 1996 as a self-employed artisan guitar maker. Hufschmid also makes luxury guitar picks.

Source: Hufschmid guitars website


An instrument importer and dealer, Charles Bruno immigrated from Germany to Macon, Georgia in 1832. In 1834, Bruno moved to New York where he probably worked as a clerk or salesman for several years before being listed as a book seller in 1837. In 1838 Bruno formed a partnership with Christian F. Martin. His book shop on Fulton Street most likely served as a retail outlet for Martin's guitars. When Bruno & Martin dissolved their partnership in 1839, Bruno left New York for several years.

On his return to New York Bruno established the partnership Bruno & Cargill from 1851 to 1853, and then Bruno, Weissenborn and Company with Herman W. Weissenborn (this was not  the designer of the Weissenborn lap steel guitar - that was Hermann C. Weissenborn) 1854 to 1857.


Trump electric, bass and acoustic guitars were made from the 1960s onwards (in Japan and later in Korea) for musical instrument distributor Bruno & Sons.

Source: Jedistar - Trump brand


Yamaha RBX 300 bass guitar

The Yamaha RBX-300 bass was made in the late 1980s to early 1990s. The RBX-300 was very similar to the RBX-200, except the 300 model had a satin finished neck - with a two-toned peg head.

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Cort M500 electric guitar

The Cort M500 was a Mirage Series electric guitar (made 2000-2001) with mahogany body & bolt-on mahogany neck. Pickups were two Mighty Mite humbuckers

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The Solar guitar brand was launched in 2017 by Swedish death metal guitarist & YouTuber Ola Englund. Solar guitar designs would suit death metal styles and include 7 string and baritone models.

Fender bolt-on neck acoustics (1963-1971)

Fender's line of bolt-on neck acoustics was introduced in 1963 and production lasted until around 1970. These guitars were Fender's first attempt at making their own acoustics and had Stratocaster style necks attached by bolts through the body with a neck plate - just like Fender's electric guitars. They also had a one inch aluminum internal support rod through the body - which earned them the nickname "broomstick". The designer was Roger Rossmeisl (1927 - 1979) - son of German luthier Wenzel Rossmeisl.

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ODE banjos was founded by Chuck Ogsbury who started making banjos while still at University in Denver, Colorado in 1959. In 1961 he opened his first proper workshop in North Boulder and employed a friend, Dave Walden, to help with production. 1962 saw a move to a larger workshop and an expanded line of banjos. Creston Stewart (later of StewMac) joined ODE around 1963 and contributed to designs of new models.ODE sold their banjos direct to customers but also had a brand Muse which was distributed via music stores.

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