The Gibson Custom Line (CL) Series was an acoustic guitar range introduced in the 1990s and made in Bozeman, Montana. The CLs had a longer scale length than the typical Gibson acoustic guitar and were designed by Ren Ferguson to compete with Martin D28 style acoustics which were hugely popular with guitarists. There were 5 tiers of CL guitars ranging from the CL-10 to CL-50. All had abalone rosettes (not really used by Gibson before on a production model), custom pickguard shapes and the more expensive models had mother of pearl snowflake or special leaf fingerboard inlays.

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PBC (Guitar Technology)

PBC GUITAR TECHNOLOGY was founded by John Pearse, Dave Bunker, and Paul Chernay in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. PBC produced electric guitars, basses using Bunker's tension free neck design as well as Bunker's touch guitars, from 1989 to 1996.

Source: PBC catalog 1990.

RJP (Technologies)

RJP Technologies was founded by Ronnie J. Parker in the early 2000s. Parker had previously worked for Aria and has also designed instruments for Washburn and other companies. The mass production models of Parker's RJP Tech guitars and basses were made overseas and distributed the USA. There were also USA custom models.


The Paramount banjo brand was established in 1921 by William L. Lange. By the 1930s banjos were declining in popularity compared to guitars and Paramount comissioned Martin to make some Paramount tenor guitars. These Paramount guitars had an unsual resonator with sound holes around the body but only around 30 were made.

The Paramount 1924 catalog gives an overview of the brand at the time:

Twenty-six years of banjo manufacturing sums up the experience which is embodied in the success of the Paramount Banjo. For one who has never visited the home of the Paramount Banjo it is difficult indeed to grasp the magnitude of this wonderful factory, from whose doors over 450,000 banjos have issued since the establishment of the business. Several thousand Paramounts alone were made in the first eighteen months of their introduction in 1921, proving superiority.


Jay Turser JT-Horn

The Jay Turser JT-HORN was discontinued in 2001. It took its name from the elongated lower body horn. The JT-Horn had a Solid body; 24 fret maple neck with rosewood fretboard; 1 humbucking and 1 single-coil pickups; tremolo; volume and tone controls; 3-way switch; die-cast machines; chrome hardware. Colors: metallic black or metallic red.

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Jay Turser is a guitar manufacturer known for its affordability and owned by American Music & Sound. Jay Turser makes acoustic, electric, bass, and jazz guitars as well as amps.


Richelieu guitars and basses were made in Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1982 to 1984. The company was started by John Toth and Richard Syarto. Richelieu made custom neck-through-body Spectre guitars, and with various pickup and finish options. Relatively few Richelieu instruments were made (probably less than 100). The company became Black Rock Guitars in the mid 1980s and John Toth carried on while Richard Syarto went on to work for the Fender Custom Shop.


Pablo was a brand name of Shino Musical Instrument Corporation, who sold high priced Japanese made Pablo and Sofia acoustic guitars in the 1970s.Their slogan was:

High price yes! But Pablo and Sofia are the Stradivari of guitars.

Source: Pablo & Sophia catalog 1970s


Takamine EF-325SRC dreadnought acoustic guitar

The Takamine EF-325SRC was a dreadnought style acoustic, with single cutaway introduced in the early 1990s and made until around 2003. The top was solid spruce with DC-1 bracing and black and white binding. Sides were bubinga and the neck was mahogany. These had a red stain with clear gloss polyurethane finish. These had a palathetic pickup with the 3-band Graph-Ex preamp assembly and an end-pin jack. The sound-hole label was a wood burned stamp and the serial number was found on a Takamine paper sticker on the heel block.

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Rocktek was a brand name of affordable (plastic) effects pedals and amplifiers. Rocktek was distributed in the USA by D'Andrea Inc. and the the UK by JHS. Rocktek products were available from the 1980s until around 2004.

Source: Rocktek website (archived 2004)

Status Quo Charvel Jackson 1988

Status Quo Charvel Jackson advert 1988

Although Status Quo were best known for using Fender Telecasters they endorsed and used Charvel guitars in 1988 when recording their album "Ain't Complaining". The guitars look like Model 2 & Model 6 but with a telecaster bridge - maybe these were custom made?

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Superstars Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of the legendary Rock Band Status Quo along with guvner’ Bass Guitarist John “RHINO” Edwards play and endorse Charvel / Jackson

Introducing Fender's new panel of experts 1988

Introducing Fenders new panel of experts - Fender Champ 12 advert 1988

This Fender ad was published a couple of years after Fender Musical Instruments Corporation was launched - following the purchase by the Fender employees from CBS. Some of the first products launched were the Fender Champ 12 amplifier and an updated Fender Twin - and these are mentioned in the advert which displays the controls from a Fender Twin. Also prominent are the red control knobs introduced in 1987 and used up until 1993. The text of the ad reads:

Introducing Fender's new panel of experts

Fender Champ 12

Fender Champ 12 amplifier

The Fender Champ 12 was launched in 1987, the first of a new series of USA made tube amps. This was one of the first product released by the new Fender Corporation following the purchase from CBS. The Champ 12 was small in size and was designed as a practice amplifer. Production was moved to Mexico in 1990 and the Champ was discontinued a few years later. The earliest ones had black control knobs - these were soon changed to red.

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Starforce 8000 guitars 1988

Starforce 8000 series advert 1988

Starforce guitars were made in Korea and distributed in the USA by Tropical Music, but also in the UK by B&M as this 1988 advert shows. The ad features model 8006 and 8007 superstrats - these also came with crackle and graffiti finish options. The lady on the left is holding a Starforce with sharktooth inlay which could well be a model 6000 - the Starforce Jackson V style model. All the Starforce guitars had Skorcherz pickups.

Starforce 7005

Starforce 7005 bass guitar

The Starforce 7005 bass was introduced in 1988. The design changed in 1989 - inlays changed from stars to planets and the headstock changed from 4-per side to 2 each side tuner layout . The 7005 has an unusual body shape with a cut-out at the bottom of the body.

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PEAVEY Impact 1 Unity

Peavey Impact 1 Unity electric guitar

PEAVEY made the Impact 1 Unity in a limited run of roughly 75 in 1988.  Solid Koa, neck through body with African bloodwood cherry stringers, hand-rubbed Tung oil finish,  Ebony fret board.  Kahler USA 2700 trem.

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Starforce 8006

Starforce 8006 electric guitar

The Starforce 8006 was a Stratocaster style electric guitar with HSH pickps and double locking tremolo bridge.

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Starforce 8007

Starforce 8007 electric guitar

The Starforce 8007 was a Stratocaster style electric guitar with HSS pickps and double locking tremolo bridge. As well as standard finishes this guitar came with crackle finish and graffiti finish options. The design of this guitar was changed in 1989 - with a three each side headstock instead of the original strat style. The star fingerboard inlays were changed to planets in 1989.

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