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Acoustic Ls6 Loop Switcher

Acoustic Ls6 Loop Switcher

The Acoustic LS6 Loop Switcher is designed for guitarists, bass players or anyone who needs to organize and switch their pedal effects, plus design and control their signal routing. It allows complete control of up to six loops, using 36 programable effect patches that can be easily saved and recalled.. A large, easy-to-read LED readout display provides clear visual feedback when performing in dark performance venues. Dual operation mode offers access to individual pedals in Live mode, or complex preset programs in Program mode.

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DOD FX Series

DOD introduced the FX-series in 1982 at a time when the market for effects pedals was becoming more competitive with offerings from the likes of Ibanez and Boss. The FX-series was a more affordable alternative to the DOD Performer series, and the DOD Digitech division dealt with high end twin pedals, multi-effects and rack mounted effects. The FX Series was originally dubbed "America's Pedal" but by 2000 all production had moved to China.

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Prince (Tsushinkogyo)

Prince Tsushinkogyo Co. Ltd.  (Prince Telecommunication and Engineering) was founded in 1950  in Nagoya, Japan. They concentrated on making tuners and solid state musical instrument amplifiers which were sold under the Prince brand names as well as others (such as Memphis). The company began to use the Arion brand name in 1980 and began making guitar effects pedals. The company's fortunes declined in the 1990s and by 1997 Arion was sold to the Ueno Kaihatsu Center, who continued making pedals and tuners, but discontinued the amplifiers.


Matsujiro Hoshino founded the Hoshino company in 1908 initially as the Hoshino Shoten book shop. The shop which also sold sheet music gradually started to import and sell musical instruments. Yoshitaro Hoshino took over the company and in the late 1920s Hoshino began importing classical guitars made by Salvador Ibáñez é Hijos of Valencia. By 1935, Hoshino were making their their own stringed instruments in Nagoya, at first using the brand name Ibanez Salvador which was later shortened to just Ibanez.


Grant was a house brand of James Grant Music (Jimmy's) -  a chain of Scottish music shops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen from the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s. Jimmy Grant imported various instruments from Japan - for example electric guitars were made by Chushin Gakki, FujiGen, Dyna Gakki and possibly Terada. These were sold in Jimmy's shops under the Grant brand name - but also distributed to other UK music shops. The guitars and basses were typically Gibson and Fender copies. There were also Grant branded effects and banjos. The Grant brand was discontinued when Jimmy Grant sold his music shops and emigrated to Spain in the early 1980s

Source: Grant guitars Facebook group - made in Japan sold in Scotland


Fresher guitars were first introduced in 1973 by the Kyowa Company of Nagoya, Japan. Early Fresher guitars were budget instruments based on the popular American designs but by the late 1970s quality had improved and Fresher designs were becoming more original. The first and second generations of Fresher guitars were made for Kyowa by the Matsumotu Musical Instrument Manufacturer's Association, but Chushin Gakki made the third and fourth generations. In 1977 Fresher launched a series of electric guitars with built in effects. Kyowa stopped producing Fresher guitars in 1985.

Source: Vintage Guitar Magazine: Fresher Guitars by Michael Wright (31 May 2017)

Source: Music Trade.co.jp - Fresher (31 May 2017)


The DeArmond brand was originally used on pickups invented by Harry DeArmond and made in the USA by Rowe Industries from the mid 1930s onwards. DeArmond pickups were widely used on guitars made by Harmony, D’Angelico, Eko, Epiphone, Fender, Galanti, Gretsch, Guild, Hofner, Kustom, Levin, Martin, Meazzi, Messenger, Micro-Frets, Ovation, Premier, Silvertone, and Standel.

After purchasing Guild Guitars in 1995 and the DeArmond Company in 1996, Fender's Research and Development department determined which DeArmond pickup models could be recreated and how best to use these classic designs. They created the DeArmond guitar line in which the sound of these modernized, American-made pickups was reunited with classic guitar designs by Guild.


The Hammond electric organ was introduced in 1935 and became popular first as a cheaper alternative to church pipe organs and then as an jazz, blues and rock instrument in its own right. The organ was often paired with a rotating Leslie speaker to give a tremolo effect. In the early 1970s Hammond also introduced a guitar synth called the Condor GSM, via its Innovex Division.

In the 1970s Hammond moved from using rotating tone wheel and pickups on their organs to solid state integrated circuits. At this time numerous other electronic keyboard manufacturers entered the market and Hammond struggled financially eventually going out of business in 1985.

The Hammond and Leslie brand names were bought by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation (Japan), which continues to manufacture Hammond branded organs as well as Leslie speakers and guitar effects pedals.


Artist guitars was established in 2009 as an online only brand in Australia. Since then Artist  has started to distribute in New Zealand and (in 2016) the United Kingdom. Artist offer a full range of Chinese made guitars, as well as other instruments and accessories.

Dan Armstrong

Dan Kent Armstrong was born on October 7, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started playing the guitar at age 11, and moved to New York in the early 1960s in order to work as a studio musician and guitar repairman. In 1965 he opened his own guitar repair shop, 'Dan Armstrong's Guitar Service', on West 48th Street. The building was razed in 1968 to make room for 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and Armstrong relocated his shop, renamed 'Dan Armstrong Guitars', to Laguardia Place in Greenwich Village.


The LeeHooker brand was established in 1998, by professional musicians who wanted to try building guitars. LeeHooker is based in the Czech Republic and offers a range of electric guitars, basses, effects pedals and guitar accessories. All LeeHooker guitars are custom boutique instruments (up to 90% handmade) all models are solely made in Czech Republic.

Currently LeeHooker offer two product lines: The Vintage Line and The Pro Line. The Vintage Line models are replicas of famous models from well known brands, The Pro Line models are LeeHooker original designs.

Circuits to Cure Cancer

Circuits to Cure Cancer is a group of guitar pedal builders, retailers, reviewers, and musicians who have donated either their products or their time to help raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. St. Jude's specializes in treatment and research hospital for serious diseases of childhood - particularly children's cancer.

Link: buy FX pedals and raise money for charity at Reverb.com 

Barnes and Mullins

Barnes & Mullins are a UK musical instrument distributor. Established in Bournemouth, UK in 1894 by Albert Mullins and S. Bowley Barnes first as a musical instrument journal specialising in banjos, they soon began making banjos and importing other instruments.

Original Barnes and Mullins banjos are well regarded. 1914  Albert Mullins drowned when the ‘Empress of Ireland’ sank on the St Lawrence River. Mr Barnes continued the business thereafter moving it to Rathbone Place, London.The business remained in the Barnes family until a management buy-out in 2009 by Bruce Perrin and  Brian Cleary


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