EPIPHONE S-900

Epiphone S-900 electric guitar

The Epiphone S-900 was a superstrat, like the S-600 & S-800, but the S-900 was the top of the range S-model and had a bound, neck-through body which was cambered on the top.

Source: Epiphone catalog 1986

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PEAVEY REACTOR

Peavey Reactor (1994) electric guitar

The Peavey Reactor was a poplar bodied telecaster style electric guitar, discontinued in 1999. There was also a Reactor AX model (made 1995 to 1999) with a rosewood fingerboard, humbucker at the bridge & swamp ash body.

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Myers (Chris)

Chirs Myers started building guitars in the early 1980s. He made own version of a Gibson Les Paul using a power drill and a saber saw and it turned out well enough to sell. He then moved onto making an archtop in 1983 while working with a cello maker in South Boston. Myers started the archtop in 1983 but didn't have a chance to finish it until 2001. At this stage in his life he became more serious about guitar making and developed a friendship with Mark Campellone who was a valuable source of advice, wood, tools and contacts for Myers. Myers currently build archtops in Norton, MA and offers 2 standard models: the Orpheum and the SC.

Source: Myers guitars website (11 July 2018)

StoryWood

StoryWood Music designs and builds pro-quality custom electric guitars and basses using
100% reclaimed or salvaged wood that has a history - a story.

Mountain (MTN)

Mountain (MTN) amplifiers were 9V practice amps with a 6.5" speaker. MTN amps were billed as the worlds best 9V amp and were available from the 1990s until around 2008.

Source: Moutain Amps website (Archived 2007)

Source: MTN catalog 1990s

M-Tone

M-Tone guitars are made in Portland, Oregon by Matt Proctor who started the M-Tone brand name in 2009. Matt makes solid body electric guitars by hand - his creative use of shape, texture, finish and materials mean that each one is a unique work of art. Its no surprise that before he made guitars Matt was an artist creating abstract sculptures and he uses these skills in the designs of his guitars as well as the hand crafting of metal parts. Matt also works part time at Koll.

Source: M-Tone guitars website (5 July 2018)

Murph

Murph Guitars was founded by Thomas Patrick ‘Pat’ Murphy. Murphy was born in 1920 in Illinois and was an air force mechanic in the US Navy during World War II. By 1960 he had moved to California and had a family of 5 musically talented kids - they had a family singing and dancing group called The Murphys. The oldest two boys played the guitar. It was their guitar teacher who convinced Pat Murphy to try his hand at making a line of electric guitars. Murphy Music Industries began in 1965 in San Fernando in 1200 square foot building at 1817 First Street. By 1966 Murphy had a range of solid body guitars and amplifiers and had 22 workers. At this point Murphy Music Industries received a ‘cease and desist’ letter from CBS -Fender  which claimed that the body shape of the Murph Squire guitar was too much like the Fender Jazzmaster & Jaguar.

Prieger

Prieger Custom Guitars are made by Prieger Tamás in Hungary.

Stone Wolf

Stone Wolf Guitars is run by a 2 man team: luthier Mike Payne & Martin Pape dealing with the business side of things. Stone Wolf provide hand built custom guitars and basses and are based in Northamptonshire, UK.

Source: Stone Wolf Guitars website (4 July 2018)

Pulcinella (MPG)

Matt Pulcinella was an active bass and guitar player in the early 1990s Philadelphia and Delaware live music scene who worked as a graphic designer by day. In the mid 1990s he started restoring and hot rodding an old Fender Jazz bass, and then made his own version of a Ken Smith neck-through bass. By 1997 he started to make basses for sale and officially launched Matt Pulcinella Guitars (MPG) in 1998. He advertised in Bass Player magazine and the orders started to roll in. He had to contract out some jobs (like roughing out the necks and finishing) to keep pace with demand. Outsourcing came at too high a price, however and in 2003 Pulcinella was forced to bring everything back in house and drastically scale back production. By 2005 he was back to making a handful of basses per year. For a while he concentrated on playing live again and spending time with his young family, but in 2006 he revitalised his workshop, improved his building procedures and in-house spray booth.

Farfisa

Farfisa is an Italian electronics company established in 1946. Farfisa is best known for its organs made from the 1960s until the 1980s but they also produced guitar amplifiers and effects. Farfisa also sold acoustic and classical guitars under the Fuerstenberg and  L. Mozzani brand names. The musical division of Farfisa was bought by Bontempi.

CFOX

CFOX was a brand name used by luthier Charles Fox in the 1990s  and 2000s for preimuim grade handmade acoustic guitars. Between 1997 and 2001 CFox was a corporate subsidiary of a major musical instrument manufacturer, but from 2001 onwards they  became a wholly independent workshop again.

GUILD X-79 (SKYHAWK)

Guild X-79 electric guitar

The X-79 SKYHAWK was made between 1981 and 1985. The Guild X-79 had a futuristic asymmetrical mahogany body with set mahogany neck. Pickups were two Guild XR-7 humbuckers controlled by two volume, one tone controls and a 3-way selector switch. Coil tap or phase switch were optional. According to Guild production figures, 1790 were made in total.

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GV guitars

Get (Norbert Szabó) and Vamp (Imrich Kamocsai), are the founders of GV guitars.
In 2016 Ivan Imhof (from Budapest) joined to the team to collaborate in design and some woodworking.

Main activity is to build high quality handmade custom guitars and basses, integrating traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the art technologies with style that we call "vintage modern". The model lines include several unique designs and others made by custom order. All custom instruments are designed and built by the suggestions and feedback of the customer.

Innovative approach, meticulous attention to details, using the finest quality parts and material, unmatched flexibility and understanding musicians needs are GV's greatest strengths.

Flatiron

The Flatiron mandolin brand originated in 1975 when Charles (Chuck) F. Morrison dropped out of University in Boulder, Colorado to start building mandolins. He rented space for workshops on Pearl street, First at David Goodrich’s Peghead shop on west Pearl St., then at an 800 square foot shop on east Pearl St. This is where he started making copies of his grandfather's old WW1 Gibson Army/Navy model mandolin. Morrison named them Flatirons, after the giant slabs of rock that overlook Boulder and he sold them locally, through Talbot’s Music in Yakima, WA and Steve and Maxine Carlson’s Backporch Pickin’ Parlor in Bozeman, MT.

Weber

Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments originated in 1997 in Bozeman, Montana when Bruce Weber, Joe Schneider, Bob McMurray, Steve Birch and Paula Lewis established the Sound to Earth shop in Bruce's barn. Bruce Weber et al. had been employees of the Gibson owned Flatiron mandolin and banjo company in Bozeman but when Gibson decided to relocate mandolin production to Nashville they opted to stay in Montana and start their own traditional instrument building company. By 1998 they had moved from Bruce's barn to their own workshop in Belgrade, Montana and had a product line-up of around 20 mandolins as well as mandolas, octave mandolins, and mandocellos. The company moved again in 2004 to larger premises at the old Logan school, 25 miles west of Bozeman.

Moreschi

Moreschi was founded by Giuseppe Moreschi in 1910 when he began making accordions in his basement in Castelfidarfo, Italy. By the 1940s the company became Moreschi & Figli (Moreschi & Sons), Giuseppe was joined by his 3 sons and was exporting wordwide.By the end of the 1940s, Moreschi & Figli had 150 workers and was the third largest employer in Castelfidardo. As the 1960s came the company began to diversify, producing electronic accordions as well as electric guitars. In the 1970s, however, a crisis hit the accordion industry and Moreschi was one of the many companys that closed down. The brand was revived in 1978 by Giuseppe's nephew Mario Moreschi. In 1995 Mario established the Pasco Italia accordion company following the merger of E. Soprani and Moreschi.

Source: Moreschi website (22 June 2018)

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk was a German Amplifier company. Kitty Hawk Amps were available in the 1980s and 1990s and were distributed in the USA by LPMG (Latin Percussion). While these were good sounding amps, by the late 1990s problems with potentiometers and output transformers meant lots were returned for repairs. LPMG eventually discontinued the distribution agreement.

Source: Kitty Hawk catalog 1997

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

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