Canadian musical instrument distributer Peate Musical created the Mansfield brand name in the 1950s, after Mansfield Street in Montreal where the Peate music store was located. The original Mansfield guitars were produced in Japan, by makers who later became leading
names in the industry.  Mansfields were produced until the mid-1990s.

Source: Peate Musical archives

Source: Mansfield catalog 1975


Gordy guitars was founded by Gordon Whitham after he left the Gordon Smith Guitar company in the early 1980s. There were Gordy solid body redshift electric and blueshift bass guitars produced until the early 1990s.

Source: Gordy catalog 1985


Grant was a house brand of James Grant Music (Jimmy's) -  a chain of Scottish music shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s. Jimmy Grant imported various instruments from Japan - for example electric guitars were made by Chushin Gakki, FujiGen, Dyna Gakki and possibly Terada. These were sold in Jimmy's shops under the Grant brand name - but also distributed to other UK music shops. The guitars and basses were typically Gibson and Fender copies. There were also Grant branded effects and banjos. The Grant brand was discontinued when Jimmy Grant sold his music shops and emigrated to Spain in the early 1980s

Source: Grant guitars Facebook group - made in Japan sold in Scotland


Picador guitars were relabelled Martin Sigma acoustic guitars - that failed cosmetic quality control checks. Underneath the Picador headstock label is typically the Sigma or Martin logo. C.F. Martin first trademarked Picador brand and logo in 1974, but the trademark expired in 1996.



Peter Gottschall (1949 - 2014) of Uttenweiler, Germany introduced the funnel bodied acoustic guitar in 1994. The funnel bodied guitar was created to improve the bass sound of both a small steel string guitar and of an acoustic bass.  The sound holes are placed on both sides of the neck heel. This means that the soundboard has no sound hole. Without the sound hole lighter top bracing can be used, which improves the sustain and volume.

Source: Gottschall website (Archived 2002)


The Sisme company was founded in 1967 in Osmio, Italy as a distributer of audio, video equipment - including musical instruments. Sisme branded guitars appeared from 1967 onwards - made by other Italian companies including Crucianelli. Sisme owned the Godwin brand.

Source: Sisme website (18 July 2017)


Seagull is a Canadian company and sub-brand of Godin Guitars that produces acoustic guitars. Born out of La Patrie, a small village in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, this company hand crafts acoustic guitars targeted towards working musicians. Established in 1982 by Robert Godin and a few of his friends, this company specializes in making acoustic guitars with solid tops as opposed to laminated tops.

Seagull guitars use a distinctive and recognizable headstock which places the tuning machines roughly in line with the nut to improve tuning stability. Most models are available with either the Godin Quantum I electronics (featuring an under saddle transducer) or the Godin Quantum II electronics (with both a transducer and small microphone which can be blended together).


Gill dreadnought acoustic guitars were made in Israel in the late 1970s and distributed in the USA by National Wholesale Music Corporation, Baltimore. In 1978 the recommended retail price for a Gill acoustic guitar ranged from $289.95 for the F-014 to $489.95 for the top of the range F-136, F-0386 and F-0389 models.

Source: Gill guitars catalog, 1978


Bob Givens started working on instruments in 1962 as a repair person in Los Angeles. From 1962 to 1966 he did over 300 5-string Mastertone conversions and around 10 D45 conversions. He then moved east to Nashville where he became involved in mandolins - first with F5 conversions and then making his own instruments. He designed an A model and went into business with Tut Taylor to mass produce them in the old Harmony guitar factory. The partnership with Tut Taylor did not work out however and in 1974 Givens moved back west to the coast of Washington and got back into custom work and restorations. Having done extensive work on Norman Blake's 1938 Martin D-18, Givens designed his own 18 dreadnought guitar model using that instrument for inspiration. By 1976 he was selling a limited range of acoustic guitars and mandolins, distributed by Guitars Friend, Idaho.  Bob Givens died in 1992 at the age of 50.

Source: RL Givens guitar and mandolin catalog, 1976


Girl brand's Chris Larsen makes guitars as they should be made, each one is a work of art and great fun. Money is not the bottom line with this guy!

The guitars are loosely telecaster shaped, but in Chris Larsen's hands the telecaster is clearly a canvas for artistic expression. Necks are maple with ebony or cocabolo. The bodies have an outside rim of anodized aluminium, with a wood core. The backs are phenolic or formica on birch plywood, and the tops can be almost anything: formica, linen, plastic, zinc, rusted steel, street signs!


Giles USA electric guitars were made in Bellingham, Massachusetts in the late 1990s. Giles made the KL-400 electric guitar which had a cast resin body.

Source: Giles USA catalog 1996


The Kiesel brand was established in 2015 when the guitar and bass making part of Carvin was moved from Carvin Audio into the Kiesel brand name. Kiesel is named after L.C. Kiesel who founded the Carvin Corporation back in 1946 (Carvin was originally called the L.C. Kiesel company until 1949).

Source: Kiesel Guitars website (12 July 2017)


The Garen company has its origins in France in 1946 when its founder Jean Guen began making the first French made amplfiers and pickups. In 1950 he made the first French solid body electric guitar. By the late 1960s Garen was one of the main French amplifier producers, and also offered PA equipment, microphones, guitar effects and pickups. Garen also sold electric guitars - including the Solo and Lido models.

Source: Garen advertisment 1969


Robert Gallien is a Stanford educated engineer who first began making amplifiers in the late 1960s, while working a day job at Hewlett Packard in California. These first amplifiers had the GMT brand name, but in the early 1970s Gallien joined forces with another HP engineer Richard Krueger and the company became Gallien-Krueger. Gallien-Krueger are best known for their bass amplifiers and stopped producing guitar amplifiers all together in the late 1990s.

Source: Gallien-Krueger website (5 July 2017)


Bryan Galloup has been making and playing guitars since the 1980s. Galloup guitars are made one at a time using computer controlled woodcutting with meticulous hand finishing and voiced to the customer's specifications using a computer-assisted voicing process. Bryan also runs a guitar building and repair school.

Source: Galloup Guitars website (4 July 2017)


Martin DC-16E (2017 model) acoustic guitar

Originally manufactured in 2003 only, but reintroduced by Martin in 2017 with a thinner body, the Martin DC-16E is a single cutaway version of the D-16GT.

The 2003 model had a Sitka spruce top and sapele back and sides. The soundhole rosette was a single ring of Blue Paua Pearl with BWB fiber on both sides. Top inlays were style 28m with style 45 back purfling and it had Schertler Blue Stick electronics. Fingerboard was black micarta.

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