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Located in Benicia, California, Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. was founded as a small, family-owned and operated company in 1965, and has since grown to be a leading manufacturer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories. Dunlop is the home of such products as the Cry Baby wah and Tortex picks.

Dunlop brands include MXR, CryBaby and Way Huge Electronics.


The company was founded by Leo Fender as Fender's Radio Service in late 1938 in Fullerton, California, USA. While repairing musical instrument amplifiers in his electronics workshop he noticed their design flaws. He began making a few amplifiers using his own designs or modifications to designs. By the early 1940s, he had teamed up with another local electronics enthusiast named Clayton Orr (Doc) Kauffman, and they formed a company named K & F Manufacturing Corp. to design, manufacture, and sell electric instruments and amplifiers. Production began in 1945 with Hawaiian lap steel guitars (incorporating a patented pickup) and amplifiers, which were sold as sets. Leo Fender decided to concentrate on manufacturing rather than repair. Kauffman remained unconvinced, however, and they had amicably parted ways by early 1946. At that point Leo renamed the company the Fender Electric Instrument Company.


Danelectro was a budget electric guitar brand that was used by often used by pros who loved their twangy lo-fi sound.

Danelectro was founded in 1946 by Nathan Daniel, who began his career making amplifiers in 1933.  In 1954 the first Danelectro electric guitars appeared. In the same year Danelectro also made Silvertone branded guitars for the Fall Sears catalogue.

1955 saw the birth of the ginger coloured model C "peanut" model, with the distincitve coke-bottle shaped headstock, and eventually with lipstick tube covered pickups (they used real lipstick tubes!). The U-1 and U-2 models replaced the C models in 1956, they were essentially the same except in different colours.

The 6 string bass UB-2 model (tuned exactly an octave lower than a guitar) was introduced in 1956.

The sixities saw the emergence of several cool models. The longhorn Guitarlin (with 31 frets - beat that!), the electric sitar.


The German based Behringer company designs and manufactures audio products, including public address systems, mixing consoles, amplifiers and audio processing units.  Their guitar gear includes a large range of stompbox effects, amplifiers, interface boxes and some guitars.


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