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Wabash

Wabash is a guitar, amplifier & accessories brand name of David Wexler & Company.  Wexler & Co has been around since the 1920s and the Wabash guitars date back until at least the 1950s. There were also Wabash tube amplifiers, picks & straps.

Source: Wexlar & Co website (25 June 2021)

Voice

Voice was a brand name of the Japanese Iwase Electronic Company Ltd. The company was founded in 1965 by Mr Iwase (born 1931 in Tokyo) who had previously worked for Teisco. Iwase Electronic Co. made amplifiers and guitars until 1970. While the amplifiers were factory made, Voice guitars were handmade by Mr Iwase himself who built around 300 in total.

Source: Electric Deer Guitarworks - Voice Guitars (21 June 2021)

Vivitone

Vivi-Tone was a musical instrument company founded in 1933 by Lloyd Loar, Lewis A. Williams, and Walter Moon in Kalamazoo. Lloyd Loar is best known for his innovative work with Gibson from 1919 to 1924 and he carried on this inventiveness with Vivitone. The company made electrified guitars, violins, mandolins, a keyboard, and at least one amplifier - but was ultimately not a commercial success.

Standard Guitars

At Standard Guitars we're proud to craft the vintage guitars of today; true to vintage specifications and tonal qualities and completely manufactured by hand in the United States at trully affordable prices.

From the heart of Route 66 in the Southwest United States, we're here to bring back authenticity and pride to the guitar world. Our mission is not one that concentrates on the profit but one aimed at quality, tone and craftmanship at prices accessible to all musicians and guitar enthusiasts. 

We believe in hand-made craftmanship and attention to detail. Every instrument is crafted by hand and not CNC machines, no mass production lines, no outsorcing, and we used the same vintage methods used to build the vintage icons we so revere today. No shortcuts, no excuses.

Source: standardguitars.com (5 May 2021)

Trainwreck

Ken Fischer (1945 - 2006) started Trainwreck Cicuits in 1981 as amplifier repair and modification service in Colonia, New Jersey. By 1982 he had a request by an Atlantic recording artist to build him a custom amplifier. At that point he designed the ultimate amp to suit his personal tastes. There were many styles of amps already out there but he knew that one channel was the way he would go. He also decided that master volume circuits did not give the response of power tubes. He also eschewed spring reverb in his design.

Source: Trainwreck Cicuits catalog 1987

Tonemaster

Tonemaster was a brand name of the Imperial Accordion Company of Chicago. Tonemaster guitars were made by Crucianelli in Italy for distribution in the USA by Imperial - sometimes labelled Tonemaster by Imperial. Identical Crucianelli guitars were distributed elsewhere under different brand names - e.g. Elite, Ardsley, Baron, Crestone, Philharmonic, Reno, Supreme & Sorrento. Imperial also used their Tonemaster brand for amplifiers made by Estey.

Source: Fetish Guitars - Tonemaster ( February 2021)

TeleStar

TeleStar (Tele-Star) was founded by Maurice & Charlie Laboz in New York around 1964. TeleStar imported Japanese guitars and other instruments for sale in the USA. Charlie's son Jamie Laboz (founder of Chamber of Sounds) recalled the history of the company as follows:

"Tele-Star & LaBoz Musical Instruments
Some of you might remember TeleStar & LaBoz musical instruments from the mid-sixties. The company was originally started by my uncle Maurice and my father Charlie. They were the first US-based company to import Japanese guitars, amps and drums (originally Kawai & Teisco Del Rey) with the names Tele-Star & LaBoz on them. They were also the first to introduce Sparkle finishes, multi-ply necks and dead-on copies of popular guitars of the time. Some even had 5 pick-ups, rocker switches & chrome pickguards!

Adam Stark

Adam Stark made amplifiers and electric guitars from around 1985 onwards. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, 1982  (where he focused on composition, performance, and film scoring studies) and from the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1979-1982 where he majored in fine art and music studies. He made very limited numbers of each model.

Source: Adam Stark website (archived 2004)

Splendor

Splendor guitars and amplifiers were made in the 1960s and 1970s by Hitachi Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company - according to details stamped on the neck plates & on the back of the amplifiers.

Bludotone

BLUDOTONE is a small guitar amplifier company based in Littleton, Colorado. Each amplifier is built by hand by one person start to finish. Bludotone will telephone each customer before building the amplifier to ask about your style, guitars, choice of speakers and your ideal tone. Famous Bludotone users include Larry Carlton.

Source: Bludotone website (27 October 2020)

Simms-Watts

Simms-Watts was a British amplifier brand founded in 1968 by David Simms and Richard Watts. David Simms ran a music shop in Ealing where Richard Watts also worked as technical director. Terry Marshall (son of Jim Marshall) also joined Simms-Watts in 1968. Simms-Watts launched a range of high quality instrument and PA amplifiers in 1969 and these were used by the likes of Mick Ronson and John Entwistle. In 1972 the company was bought by EMI Sound and Vision and produced amplifiers for a few more years during the 1970s - moving to solid state circuits to save production costs.

Source: Voodoo Guitar -  Oddball British Hi-Fi: Sound City & Simms-Watts Amps  (15 September 2020)

SG Systems

SG Systems was a division of the Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI). They made a range of guitar and bass amplifiers in the 1970s which combined tube power amp circuits with solid state preamps. They also made PA systems.

Source: SG Systems catalogs 1973 - 1975

Supersound

Supersound Electronic Products was established by Alan and Mary Wootton in 1952 in Erith, UK. Initially started as a part time venture, they made amplifiers in their garage at home. After they moved to Hawley Grange, Dartford, Alan packed in his day job with Jennings Electronics Industries and worked full time for Supersound custom making record players, radiograms and amplifiers. He was also joined by Ron Hopkins, Dave Pankhurst and Bob Kilgour from Jennings.

Royce

Royce was a Multivox brand name used in the early 1980s. The instruments were imported (typically from Japan or Korea) and the range included electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars as well as amplifiers, banjos, ukueleles and mandolins. Multivox stopped trading in 1984 so the brand was discontinued then.

Source: Royce catalog 1980s

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