- bass guitars
- electric guitars
The Meriken brand was launched by Samick in the mid 1980s, specifically for the Japanese market. Copyright law in Japan meant that Samick could make close copies of Gibson, Gretsch, Fender and Rickenbacker designs without fear of prosecution as long as they were only sold within Japan. The brand lasted until 1996 when Samick merged their product lines to a single international offering.