Golden Hawaiian lap steel guitars were made by Regal in Chicago, around the 1930s - 1940s. These guitars had a parlor sized body, round neck, typically had a raised nut for lap steel playing and a sparkly pearloid peghead and fingerboard. There were also Golden Hawaiian branded brass patent-applied-for slides to go with the guitars.
In the 1940s, Paul A. Bigsby was a foreman at a machine shop in Los Angeles owned by Albert Crocker of the Crocker Motorcycle Company. Paul’s interest in motorcycles and Western music brought him into contact with Merle Travis and they became good friends. Merle brought his Gibson L-10 guitar to Bigsby for him to fix its worn out Kaufman vibrato. On seeing the problems with the Kaufman design Travis ended up designing a whole vibrato mechanism which worked much better. The new Bigsby design quickly became the vibrato of choice for most guitar manufacturers.
The Waverly Music Products Company was founded in the 19th century. Located at 18 Eleventh Street, Long Island City, New York they made metal instrument parts for other manufacturers including tailpieces, tuners and banjo rings and also accessories like lap steel slides. In the 1970s Waverly was acquired by Stewart-MacDonald.
The current Waverly tuners are used by many renowned guitarmakers for their finest instruments. Waverly's patented design combines stainless steel with bronze to create smooth, non-slip tuning. Waverly machines are handmade to fit precisely without drilling on older Martin and Gibson guitars
The D'Andrea company was founded in 1922 by Luigi D'Andrea in New York, who started out by making mandolin and guitar picks out of tortoise shell colored cellulose nitrate plastic. While guitar picks are still the mainstay of D'Andrea, they now offer a range of guitar parts and accessories as well as KSD basses.
The Shubb Capo Company was founded in 1974 in California by Rick Shubb (a banjo player) and Dave Coontz (an auto mechanic). Their first product was a fifth string banjo capo. Further products followed in the late 1970s including a compensated banjo bridge and a guitar capo which was Shubb's first big commercial success. Shubb also make a line of guitar steels inspired by John Pearse.
Steve Clayton, Inc. is a manufacturer of musical accessories, primarily guitar picks based in Talent, Oregon. Founded by Steve Clayton, who started in the music business in 1966 at the age of 16, by selling poster chord charts to music stores. Clayton USA has now grown to occupy a 16,000 square foot factory. Clayton also offer a range of electric and acoustic guitars.
Located in Benicia, California, Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. was founded as a small, family-owned and operated company in 1965, and has since grown to be a leading manufacturer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories. Dunlop is the home of such products as the Cry Baby wah and Tortex picks.
Dunlop brands include MXR, CryBaby and Way Huge Electronics.
The company was founded by Leo Fender as Fender's Radio Service in late 1938 in Fullerton, California, USA. While repairing musical instrument amplifiers in his electronics workshop he noticed their design flaws. He began making a few amplifiers using his own designs or modifications to designs. By the early 1940s, he had teamed up with another local electronics enthusiast named Clayton Orr (Doc) Kauffman, and they formed a company named K & F Manufacturing Corp. to design, manufacture, and sell electric instruments and amplifiers. Production began in 1945 with Hawaiian lap steel guitars (incorporating a patented pickup) and amplifiers, which were sold as sets. Leo Fender decided to concentrate on manufacturing rather than repair. Kauffman remained unconvinced, however, and they had amicably parted ways by early 1946. At that point Leo renamed the company the Fender Electric Instrument Company.
Ernie Ball was an American entrepreneur and musician. Around 1958 Ernie Ball opened probably the first American music store selling exclusively guitars.
In the 1960s Ernie noticed a demand for lighter gauge strings, associated with the rock and roll playing styles.
The Ernie Ball Slinky range of guitar strings were officially launced in 1962 and remain popular today.