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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)

Farfisa

Farfisa is an Italian electronics company established in 1946. Farfisa is best known for its organs made from the 1960s until the 1980s but they also produced guitar amplifiers and effects. Farfisa also sold acoustic and classical guitars under the Fuerstenberg and  L. Mozzani brand names. The musical division of Farfisa was bought by Bontempi.

Moollon

Moollon Musical Instruments is a Korean company that makes boutique guitar & bass effects as well guitars and basses. Moollon was founded in 2002 by Young Joon Park and CG Ji, guitar builders who studied sculpture at the same art school in the 1980s. Their first product was the Moollon Overdrive pedal soon followed by a few custom guitars. Moollon pedals often have metal cases etched with designs from traditional Korean art.  By 2010 they had a workforce of 5.

Source: Moollon website (19 June 2018)

Source: Guitar Jar Moollom interview (2010)

Multivox

Multivox was founded in 1946 as the guitar and amplifier manufacturing subsiduary of the Sorkin Music Company founded by Peter Sorkin in 1938. Mutlivox also made Premier brand amplifiers. After Sorkin Music closed in 1970, Multivox carried on until 1984 selling amplifers and Japanese made synthesizers and effects pedals.

Source: Sorkin catalogs 1950s to 1970

Source: Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia. Brian Tarquin

 

Maestro (effects)

Maestro was a brand name of Chicago Musical Instrument Company (CMI).  In 1944, CMI took a controlling interest in Gibson. In 1969, ECL, a South American company, acquired a majority of CMI shares, and the two companies merged to form a new company called Norlin Corp. who owned Gibson until 1983.

Lafayette

Lafayette Radio Electronics Corporation was a radio manufacturer and retailer based in Syosset, New York. The company sold a wide range of electronics equipment and other items through their mail order catalog, including guitars and amplifiers. Lafayette instruments were typically imported from Japan - the electric guitars were often made by Guyatone. Lafayette also produced effects including: Echo-Verb, Fuzz and Rotovibe units.

Source: Lafayette Radio Electronics catalogs 1964 to 1973.

JOYO

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. There are two brands under JOYO TECH: JOYO and Dr. J. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies.

Source: JOYO website (1 November 2017)

Jennings (Electronics Industries)

The Jennings Organ Company was founded in Dartford, Kent by Thomas Walter Jennings following the Second World War. Initially Jennings' main product was the Univox electronic keyboard. The company was renamed Jennings Musical Industries (JMI) in 1958 as they began to offer other musical equipment. 1958 saw the launch of the Vox AC15 amplifier followed in 1959 by the Vox AC30. In 1964, to raise capital for JMI's expansion, Tom Jennings sold his controlling interest to the Royston Group, a British holding company, and the American rights to the Thomas Organ Company. 

Fret King

Fret King is a brand name created by UK guitar designer Trevor Wikinson in the 1990s. In 2008 Fret King was purchased by UK distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd - although Trevor Wilkinson is still closely associated with the brand. Circa 2017 there were three ranges of Fret King instruments: the Asian made Black Label range, the made in UK Green Label range and the STVDIO Series created in Trevor Wilkinson's workshop.

Source: Fret King website (2 June 2017)

Source: Company profile - Fret King

Schaller

The Schaller Company started out as a radio repair shop founded by Helmut Schaller in 1945. Helmut Schaller was a talented inventor holding numerous musical instrument related patents,  and he went on to build the Schaller Company into a leading manufacturer of quality guitar components.The range of products has continuously changed over time, the focus gradually shifting from amplifiers and effects to hardware components including machine heads, mutes, bows, pickups, tailpieces, strap-locks, bridges and tremolos. Schaller was originally located in Feucht, near Nuremberg in Germany but is now based in Postbauer-Heng, Bavaria.
 

AKAI

Akai Professional entered the electronic music industry in 1984, since then, Akai Professional have developed a range of products for modern musicians both in studio and on stage. Although best known for their digital sampling technology, they also make guitar effects and even developed a short lived range of guitars and basses in the late 1990s.

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