Anglo-Swiss luthier Patrick Hufschmid lives and works in the Aigle near Montreux in Switzerland. He studied acoustic steel string, electric guitar building and repair at Red Wing Technical College, Minnesota, USA, before starting out in 1996 as a self-employed artisan guitar maker. Hufschmid also makes luxury guitar picks.
Gear4music was founded in 2003 by sound engineer Andrew Wass as a web-based UK retailer of own-brand beginner level musical instruments. Since then the group has grown consistently and launched a further 18 country specific websites covering much of Europe.
The LeeHooker brand was established in 1998, by professional musicians who wanted to try building guitars. LeeHooker is based in the Czech Republic and offers a range of electric guitars, basses, effects pedals and guitar accessories. All LeeHooker guitars are custom boutique instruments (up to 90% handmade) all models are solely made in Czech Republic.
Currently LeeHooker offer two product lines: The Vintage Line and The Pro Line. The Vintage Line models are replicas of famous models from well known brands, The Pro Line models are LeeHooker original designs.
Gibson's Eddie Lang pick (no. 80-L) - was the signature pick of Eddie Lang the father of jazz guitar. The Eddie Lang pick was made from brown celluloid tortoise shell, stamped with "Lang", had a laminated white corrugated grip and came in medium or heavy thickness. They cost $1.50 for a dozen in 1939 - although Lang had died six years earlier in 1933 .
Gibson's Harry Reser pick (no. 81-R) - was the signature pick of Harry Reser a 1920s and 1930s superstar banjo player and band leader. The Harry Reser pick was made form white celluloid tortoishell, stamped with "Reser" and had a laminated brown corrugated grip. They cost $1.50 for a dozen in 1939.
Gibson's pick no. 20 was the cheapest of their range in 1939 - selling at 20 cents for a dozen. It came in assorted colors including a vari-colored one. The no. 20 was polished but not bevelled and available as light thickness only.
Gibson Pick No. 309 was made from genuine tortoise shell, imported from France and carefully polished and bevelled. This pick also came in medium (316) and small (315) sizes and in light, medium and heavy thickness.
The three-pointed Gibson pick no. 73 was a triple threat. Celluloid tortoiseshell (73) or ivory (73½), bevelled edges with a hole in the centre for easy grip. Also available without the hole it came in light, medium or heavy thickness.
The corrugated grip on Gibson pick number 370 helped you to hang onto it during moments of frantic strumming. Celluloid tortoiseshell (370) or ivory (370½), bevelled edges, Available in light, medium or heavy thickness.