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Perri Ink

Perri Ink was founded by Nick Perri (guitarist with Silvertide and other bands) in 2009  and his early models (Prostar and Solostar) were made in Nick's home town of Philadelphia. The Perri Ink Cartel store opened in 2011 on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California and offered custom guitars, custom motorcycles, clothes, tattoos, haircuts and piercings. In 2012 the company revamped its operations and launched new instrument and hardware lines - including cabinets, pickups and pick guards. The Perri Ink Cartel store closed in 2013, and Nick went back to working on original music, returning to the stage in 2014.

Source; Perri Ink website (archived 2011)


Mojotone is a supplier of vintage electronics and maker of custom and vintage reproduction speaker cabinets, and pickups. Mojotone also provide OEM services to boutique amp and guitar brands but also supply hobbyists & DIY buidlers. Mojotone was founded in part by Andy Turner who started out with a small repair shop in Winston-Salem, NC.

Source: Mojotone Pickups website (11 June 2018)


MESA/Boogie began in the late 1960s San Francisco with Randall Smith who developed a novel “cascading” tube preamp circuit housed in a compact high power combo amplifier (by modding Fender Princetons). Carlos Santana tried out this little high gain amp and concluded “This thing really Boogies!” - and so the amp was named. After modding 200 of these Princeton amps by 1971 Smith had to start making his own amps in his garage workshop to meet the growing demand for the Mark I Boogie model. In 1980 MESA introduced the Mark II Boogie - the first channel switching amplifier. 1986 saw the introduction of the Mark III with its clean, crunch and lead modes, and in 1989 the 85W Mark IV was released.


Tris Mahaffay founded Songworks (now Mahaffay Amplifiers) Systems and Products in 1990- as a home based business to design and test various musical instrument devices he wanted to market. He joined NAMM in 1994, and determined to find a gap in the market he began developing a tiny tube based amp. This became the Little Lanilei tube amp, which was launched at the winter NAMM show in 1997. Since then Mahaffay has added three new models as well as a few other devices - such as the "Little Lanilei Rotary Wave Speaker". These are all still hand built one at a time, just like the originals, using point to point construction.

Source: Mahaffay Amplifiers website (22 February 2018)


Loco Amplifiers and LocoBox Effects were Aria brand names. The pedals were handmade (from the late 1970s onwards) by a small team in Urawa, in Saitama, Japan who sold their pedals to Aria,  Although the main brand name was Locobox, they also produced identical pedals under different brand names including: Electra, Volz, Nadines, Cutec, Pearl, Gig, Powervoice, Studio Series and even a few Yamaha pedals.The company was then aquired by Aria who started producing Loco amplifiers as well.

Source: Loco and LocoBox catalogs 1981.

Source: Jaimie Muehlhausen's Unofficial LocoBox website (archived 2006)

Legend (amps)

Legend Musical Instruments Inc made hybrid guitar amplifiers in Syracuse, New York from around 1978 to 1985. These amps had a tube preamp and solid state power amp - and were very loud! Around 7000 were built in total.

Source: Legend Amplifiers catalogs (1981 to 1984)


JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. There are two brands under JOYO TECH: JOYO and Dr. J. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies.

Source: JOYO website (1 November 2017)

Jennings (Electronics Industries)

The Jennings Organ Company was founded in Dartford, Kent by Thomas Walter Jennings following the Second World War. Initially Jennings' main product was the Univox electronic keyboard. The company was renamed Jennings Musical Industries (JMI) in 1958 as they began to offer other musical equipment. 1958 saw the launch of the Vox AC15 amplifier followed in 1959 by the Vox AC30. In 1964, to raise capital for JMI's expansion, Tom Jennings sold his controlling interest to the Royston Group, a British holding company, and the American rights to the Thomas Organ Company. 


BluGuitar was established in 2014 by German guitarist Thomas Blug. In addition to his career as a top guitarist Blug has been an electronics enthusiast since childhood. Blug worked as a sound designer and co-developer of guitar amps, effects equipment and guitars for more than 25 years in cooperation with well-known manufacturers like Hughes and Kettner. BluGuitar's first product offering was the BluGuitar AMP1 -  introduced in 2016 as a portable NANOTUBE 100-watt power amp  designed for professional use onstage and in the studio. Since then BluGuitar have added speaker cabinets, the BluBox speaker emulator and a limited edition of 61 Thomas Blug signature stratocasters to the product line up.

Source; BluGuitar website

Guitar Research

Guitar Research is a Sam Ash Music house brand. Guitar Research archtop guitars were made in Korea by Peerless. I have only found the JX17 Eddie Durham model so far. Guitar Research amplifiers seem more common - these are made in China and often have a distinctive red tolex covering. This is also a range of accessories like guitar gig-bags.


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