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Rodie

Rodie was a brand name of Edd Mandell Enterprises, Inc. of Danbury,  Connecticut. The company lasted from 1976 to 1980 and the Rodie range included electric guitars and basses (made in Japan) as well as solid state amplifiers.

Rocker

Rocker Music Tools guitars were designed in Canada and made in China in the 2000s. The range included a budget strat style electric guitar the RG-100 model which was sold as a starter pack. The was also a bass - the RB-100 model and acoustic guitars including the RA-200 model.

One Control

One Control is a Japanese company founded in 2010 by Tomokaz “Kaz” Kawamura whose main focus is guitar pedal switchers. One Control switchers range from a one-channel true bypass looper all the way to a 10 channel programmable switcher with MIDI capabilities. With most loop switchers guitarists would have to use a separate power supply to power their pedals, but One Control has made the innovation of combining a multi-power supply and an effect loop switcher into one product with products like the Iguana and Xenagama, so pedal-boards can be less crowded and more efficient.

Raven

Raven guitars was a brand name of Great Western Imports Ltd of Vancouver from the mid 1960s onwards. Raven electric, acoustic and bass guitars were intially made in Japan for distribution in the USA and Canada - later ones may have been made in Korea or elsewhere.

Source: Raven catalog 1965

Quilter

The Quilter Sound Company was founded in 1968 by Patrick Howe Quilter. Patrick Quilter was an engineering student with an interest in electronics and music, who built his first amp in 1967 for a friend. In the early 1970s the company operated out of a store in Costa Mesa, California and the amplifiers were built and sold on the same site.

Over the years, the Quilter Sound Company became more focused on developing professional power amplifiers and the guitar amp side of the business became less important. In the 1990s Quilter developed network audio systems to control and monitor amplifier systems remotely and also moved into loudspeaker research and development. The company was renamed QSC, LLC in 2015.

Patrick Quilter retired from QSC in 2011, but then founded Quilter Labs to develop portable, solid-state, high-power guitar amplifiers.

Sola Sound

Sola Sound is an effects and amplifier brand of Macaris Musical Instruments. In 1964 Larry and Joe Macari founded Sola Sounds Limited to develop a range of products made for and sold by the Macaris Musical Exchange shops, as well for distribution nationwide. The product range started with fuzz and effect pedals, but later grew to include amplifiers, mixers, spring reverbs, and microphones. Sola Sound also made Colorsound effects & amplifiers from 1967 onwards.

Source: The Tone Bender Timeline (10 November 2018)

Source: Macaris website (10 November 2018)

Colorsound

Colorsound is an effects and amplifier brand of Macaris Musical Instruments. In 1964 Larry and Joe Macari founded Sola Sounds Limited to develop a range of products made for and sold by the Macaris Musical Exchange shops, as well for distribution nationwide. The product range started with fuzz and effect pedals, but later grew to include amplifiers, mixers, spring reverbs, and microphones. The Macaris established the Colorsound brand in 1967. Larry and Joe Macari opened a factory to make Colorsound effects pedals and each type came in a different, brightly coloured enclosure.

Source: The Tone Bender Timeline (10 November 2018)

Source: Macaris website (10 November 2018)

Gorilla

Gorilla was a budget amplifier brand in the 1980s onwards. For many guitarists a low powered, solid state, Tawainese made Gorilla was their first amplifier. When Howard Chatt bought the Pignose Amps company in 1985, he re-named it Pignose-Gorilla - possibly Chatt was behind the launch of the Gorilla brand? Circa 2002 the Gorilla line up included:

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