Westcreek Revenge

Westcreek Revenge electric guitar - lizard pink, front view

The Westcreek Revenge is an Explorer style solid-body electric guitar. Available in transparent red, pink and green finishes with a figured wood effect top. Pickups are 2 uncovered alnico humbuckers. Other finishes were available on earlier production runs - such as solid white, green and black.

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WestCreek

WestCreek Guitars is an affordable electric guitar brand. The brand is owned by Weifang Hengyi musical instrument Co., Ltd who registered the WestCreek Guitars trademark in August 2022. Circa 2023 there were at least 3 electric guitar models: an LP DC Junior model ($120), the Revenge Explorer style ($220) and a semi-hollow bodied 333 model ($180). 2024 saw continued expansion of the line-up with more models and variations - with fancier versions approaching the $300 price point.

Source: USPTO Trademark Search

Westcreek Cerberus 2 (CB-2)

Westcreek Cerberus 2 electric guitar, amber flame finish, front view

The Westcreek Cerberus CB-2 is a Jackson-V style solid-body electric guitar. It's like the CB-1 except with hot-rod flame graphic finish (in blue, green or amber) and it has strings-through body instead of stop bar tailpiece.. Pickups are 2 uncovered alnico humbuckers.

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Westcreek Cerberus 1 (CB-1)

Westcreek Cerberus 1 (CB-1) electric guitar, silver sparkle finish, front view

The Westcreek Cerberus CB-1 is a small-V style solid-body electric guitar. Available in sparkle blue, silver sunburst and amber finishes. Pickups are 2 uncovered alnico humbuckers.

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Westcreek Cerberus 3 (CB-3)

Westcreek Cerberus 3 electric guitar, 2-tone purple sparkle and black, front-view

The Westcreek Cerberus CB-3 is a small-V style solid-body electric guitar. Bridge is a double locking FR Special tremolo. The CB-3 has a silver, red or purple sparkle finished but it's a 2-tone dipped paint effect - with the lower part of the V black coloured. Pickups are 2 uncovered alnico humbuckers. The output jack is on the inside of the lower wing of the V (Jackson style) - so could get in your way if you like to play sitting down with your leg on the inside of the V.

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Royall

Royall Music is a Chinese resonator guitar manufacturer founded around 2002 by Ma Mawyer. They make resonator guitars for well known brands as well as under the Royal Resonator Co brand name.

Source: The Royall Resonator Co website (12 June 2024)

Barslev

Yngve Barslev (1912-1979) was a Danish archtop guitar maker. He began making handmade guitars before World War II. During this period it was impossible to get American import guitars and Barslev guitars became popular. Resumption of imports after the Second World War caused a decline in popularity of Barslev instruments, as the quality did not quite match the top American archtops. The 1950s saw a surge in the popularity of electric guitars, which Barslev did not offer - although his acoustic archtops were available with a floating pickup. Yngve Barslev also made archtop mandolins and mandolas.

Manuel Guillena

Manuel Guillena is a maker of flamenco and classical guitars in Arahal, Seville, Spain. By 2019 he had made around 150 guitars.

Sevilla

Sevilla was a Spanish made classical guitar brand of Barnes and Mullins sold in the UK in the 1970s. The label features the famous Giralda tower, the symbol of Seville.

Jeronimo Pena Fernandez

Jeronimo Peña Fernandez, born in 1933 in Marmolejo, Spain, is a renowned guitar maker with a background in ornamental carving and carpentry. He began building guitars in the 1950s and has since made over 450 classical and flamenco guitars, and some violins. As a self-taught luthier, his guitars are known for their unique look and sound. His skill in carving means his guitars typically have beautifully carved headstocks and bridges. Fernandez's dedication to guitar making is detailed in his book "El Arte de un guitarrero español" and he is also featured in Luis F. Leal Pinar's "Guitarreros de Andalucia". Notable artists who play his guitars include Enrique Montoya, Manolo Sanlucar, and Manolo Escobar. In 1968, he was awarded a prize by the Ministry of Information and Tourism at the Exposición de Artesanía.

Seville

Seville was a Korean made acoustic and electric guitar brand.

Luis Arostegui Granados

Luis Arostegui Granados is a Spanish guitar maker who born in Granada in 1932. He initially worked as a cabinet maker in the 1950s and around the same time started making guitars. He did not apprentice with any of the Granada makers, but he is said to have been a frequent visitor to Manuel de la Chica's workshop, where he must have learned some tips. He relocated to Madrid in 1960 where for many years he built guitars in the Madrid tradition as well as lutes, requintos and bandurrias. He retired in 2012 and soon after passed away in 2013.

Isidro Garrido

Isidro Garrido (born 1922) is a Spanish flamenco and classical guitar maker of Granada, although less well known than others of that school such as Antonio Marín Montero or Manuel de la Chica. His started out as a cabinet maker at the age of 14. In 1948 he began to build guitars learning from the master Eduardo Ferrer and later with Rafael Morales. His guitars are relatively difficult to find as he only built a few each a year.

Morales y Garrido

Morales y Garrido classical and flamenco guitars were made in Granada, Spain by Isidro Garrido. These were made for Rafael Morales´s shop, the two luthiers were friends who also shared a workshop.

Manuel Segura

Manuel Segura was a classical guitar brand sold by John E. Dallas and Sons (J.E.D. & S) of London.  There is some evidence that these guitars were not made in Spain but were made in Italy by S, Sgroi Silvestri and re-labelled by Dallas with a more Spanish sounding (but made up) name. This is because the Manuel Segura guitars have common features with Silvestri guitars which are not seen on Spanish instruments. Manuel Segura classical guitars were sold from the 1950s up to the 1970s - so may have had various makers over this time period.

Source: Banjo Guitar Mandolin magazine. January 1973.

S Sgroi Silvestri

The history of the Sgroi Silvestri company dates back to the late 19th century when Santi Sgroi, born in Catania in 1870, married Ermelinda Delfina Maria Silvestri, a luthier born near Modena in 1878. Together, they had five children, including Alarico (Rico) Sgroi, who became involved in the family trade of mandolin making. The Silvestri company, founded in 1891, was known ofr making mandolins. Santi Sgroi also established his own brand, "S. Sgroi Mancuso," in 1888, incorporating his mother's maiden name. The merger of the Sgroi and Silvestri companies led to the formation of "S. Sgroi Silvestri," symbolized by a label indicating the union of the two family names. It's believed that this merger occurred when one of their sons, likely Salvatore, took over the company. The company continued its legacy of instrument making, combining the expertise of both families to produce guitars and mandolins.

Gary Southwell

Gary Southwell studied Guitar Making at The London College of Furniture after which in 1983 he set up his first workshop in Nottingham. At first he specialised in making historical guitars of the early 19th century. In 1989 he created The Temperate Guitar - made using woods only from temperate climates. In the early 1990s he started to make his distinctive A Series Guitars, which drew on the Viennese style of guitar making. He moved to Hough on the Hill, a small village in Lincolnshire in 2011 and began using Fenland Black Oak, also known as Bog Oak, for guitars. In 2018 he moved to Northumberland, where continues to make his own uniquely designed guitars and replicas of famous historical ones.

Source: Gary Southwell guitars website (16 October 2020)

Dallas

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.

Shiro Yoshima

Shiro Yoshima was a relatively affordable Japanese made classical guitar brand sold in the early 1970s by the Spanish Guitar Centre at 36 Cranbourn Street, London. In 1973 prices ranged from £12 to £60 depending on the model.

Source: Banjo Mandolin Guitar Magazine. January 1973

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