The Meazzi brothers began producing instruments in Sicily following World War II. They used the Framez brand name (from Fratelli Meazzi - the Meazzi Brothers). From the late 1950s to 1961 they teamed up with Wandré Pioli and sold a range of guitars and double basses under the Framez and Meazzi names. In 1962 they had a range of guitars designed by Panati. From 1963 to 1969 they sold the Hollywood series of quirky and unusual designs with active electronics and strange shapes. From 1969 Meazzi continued to distribute entry level acoustics, often made in Japan.
Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Slash and Zakk Wylde have all used a talk box at one time or anothe to give a vocal quality to their solo guitar. A talk box is essentially a speaker attached with an air tight connection to a plastic tube. When you place this tube in your mouth it acts like an artifical larynx and you can make yor guitar speak. A vocal microphone next to your mouth then picks up the sound and feeds it into the PA system.
The first Goya guitars were made in 1950s Gothenburg (Goteborg), Sweden by the Levin company. Levin used the Goya brandname on guitars exported to America through the Hershman Musical Instrument Company in New York. Goya and Levin guitars models are essentially identical. The distribution of Goya guitars then went to Kustom Electronics Inc. and then to Dude Inc. sometime in the early 1970s. Levin-Era Goya models have an interior paper label with the Goya trademark in a script style, reading "Made by A.B. Herman Carlson Levin - Gothenburg, Sweden".
The Martin Guitar Company took over the Levin company by 1975. By the late 1970s Martin Guitars started making the Goya guitars in Japan then moved manufacturing to Korea during the 1980s and finally to Taiwan during the 1990s. Martin stopped making the Goya brand guitars in 1996, although it still owns the brandname.
Build Your Own Clone sells a good range of guitar DIY guitar effects pedal kits, which are great for the inexperienced maker. Each kit is based on a famous effects pedal and comes with absolutely everything you need to build the pedal. Step by step instructions should make assembly a breeze.
This model features the green Fasel inductor and was made in the 1980s. Mono output, with 9V battery or DC adapter power supply options. The bottom plate is held on by 4 rubber feet which unscrew to allow access to the the electronics. Die cast metal construction and painted black. This model was also distributed, with a different label, as the Vox V846.
Jen Electtronica was a company in Pescara, Italy who made electronic musical items such as organs, wah-wah pedals, fuzz boxes and ring modulators in the 1970s and 1980s. Jen made products for other companies & brands including Vox, Gem, Elka, Crybaby and Gretch.
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.
Xotic Basses was founded in 1998 as a one man company in Southern California, producing high-quality bass guitars and bass preamps. In 2000, in order to further grow Xotic as a brand, the corporation Prosound Communications Inc. (PCI) was established as a parent company to acquire the Xotic brand. At this point, marketing of Xotic Effects started and Xotic guitars and basses were made in larger quantities to meet increasing demand. PCI’s main focus was exporting of other US made brands to Japan to fund the continual manufacturing. By 2009 Xotic’s brand came to be more recognized throughout the market and it outgrew its garage location in San Fernando Valley. PCI moved to its current production offices in Van Nuys, CA. Today the Xotic Research and Development and manufacturing team is still based in Van Nuys California, but they also use satellite locations in Taiwan and Japan to supply some Xotic products at more affordable prices.
Ikutaro Kakehashi founded Roland in Osaka in 1972. Roland's first product was the TR-77 drum machine. In 1973 they introduced a compact synth - the SH-1000. Guitar effects were added to the line-up in 1974 and in 1975 they began making amplifiers including the legendary Jazz Chorus model. In 1977 Roland introduced the GR-500 guitar synth (by 1980 they also had the 303 and 808 guitar synth models). Roland also owns the Boss brand name known for its effects pedals.
Rocktron was founded in 1983 by Bob Waller and Jim Chowning as a producer of top quality signal processing, amplification and effects. Rocktron’s first hit product was the HUSH noise reduction lineup. In 1984 the company introduced the first compressors, preamps, enhancers, effects and controllers with built-in noise reduction, along with the first footswitchable rack mount compressors. 1985 saw the introduction of the first touch-sensitive, digitally-controlled multi-effects preamp. In 1989 Rocktron provided the first factory-produced Bradshaw switchers.
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.
Dean Markley was a music store owner who began selling his own designed instrument strings in 1972. He went on to develop the voice-box effect as used in the 1970s by Peter Frampton. The company now also produceds pickups, amplifiers and other guitar accessories.