Mario Martin

Mario Guitars are boutique vintage Fender style electrics made at the Guitar Mill in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mario Guitar originally began as the “Guitar Mill Custom Shop,” and is named after its founder and owner Mario Martin. Since 2011, Mario Guitars have expanded to include almost a dozen different guitar styles and have been played by musicians such as Hunter Hayes, Chase Bryant, The Brothers Osborne and Saul Zonana.  

Mario

Mario Guitars are boutique vintage Fender style electrics made at the Guitar Mill in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mario Guitar originally began as the “Guitar Mill Custom Shop,” and is named after its founder and owner Mario Martin. Since 2011, Mario Guitars have expanded to include almost a dozen different guitar styles and have been played by musicians such as Hunter Hayes, Chase Bryant, The Brothers Osborne and Saul Zonana.  

Michel Belair

Michel Bélair studied classical guitar in the 1980s and 1990s and played Daniel Friederich guitars. While studying in Paris he met Friederich many times at his workshop and commissioned a new guitar. At the same time Bélair decided to make his own - with the help of his friend the luthier Jean Rompré. Since then he has made precise measurements of several Friedrich guitars which he uses to make his own Friedrich style models. Bélair also uses an engineering approach to carefully measure the stiffness and Q-factor of his woods - this allows him to match braces and tops to specific stiffness.

Source: Michel Bélair website (20 January 2022)

Ovidio Brega

Ovidio Brega is an Italian classical guitar maker based in Reggio Emillia who started building guitars around 2000.

aNueNue

aNueNue was founded in 2008 by Johnson Liao as a ukulele company. They also make acoustic guitars and acoustic basses. The company is based in Taiwan with manufacturing done in China.

Source: aNueNue website (20 January 2022)

Wolfgang Jellinghaus

Wolfgang Jellinghaus (born 1951 in Dortmund) was born into a guitar making family and began making them himself at the age of 14. In 1978 he became owner of Musik Jellinghaus GmbH, a  leading retailer for music instruments and sheet music in Germany. In 1982 he registered the Martinez brand for guitars and  designed the first line of Martinez Guitars. In 2003 he teamed up with Kenny Hill and Alex Wang and founded the Minyard Martinez guitar factory which now has customers in 30 countries. In 2013 he sold Musik Jellinghaus GmbH and went to China to set up the Milestone Luthier Center: a small workshop making high quality classical guitars.

Source: Milestones of Music website (19 January 2022)

Henner Hagenlocher

Henner Hagenlocher is a German classical guitar maker who started making guitars in Hamburg in 1990 under the guidance of Michael Wichmann. He then studied Music Technology at the Guildhall University in London where he learned stringed instrument construction. A year after graduation he left London for Granada, Spain where he opened his own workshop - and took the opportunity to learn the local style of construction from local luthiers such as Antonio Marin Montero.

Source: Henning Hagenlocher website (19 January 2022)

Michael Wichmann

Michael Wichmann is a guitar maker from Hamburg, Germany active since the 1970s. Wichmann makes replicas of historical guitars as well as his own concert classical guitars.

Photogenic

Photogenic was a brand name of the Korean Maison company.

Dietmar Heubner

Dietmar Heubner worked as a cabinet maker in Stuttgart in the 1980s before moving into classical guitar making. He worked for nearly 30 years in southern Germany but relocated his workshop to Berlin in 2018. He makes traditional classical guitars but with modern sound aesthetics.

Source: Dietmar Heubner website (19 January 2022)

Mario Novelli

Mario Novelli (1926 to 2015) was an Italian guitar maker, born in Florence and later working in Cusigana, Treviso.

Source: Historical Italian Makers. Bruno Giuffredi. Audio CD sleeve notes.

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