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Georg Walther founded GEWA in 1925 in Adorf , Saxony, Germany an area with a long tradition of musical instrument manufacture, In the 1950s the company moved to another famous luthiery region - Mittenwald, Bavaria in the aftermath of World War II. Political changes with the reunification of Germany saw GEWA move their headquarters back to Adorf by 2010. Today, the GEWA company has subsidiaries in all important export markets but also holds substantial shares in Asian musical instruments factories. Circa 2017, GEWA GmbH employed more than 250 qualified members of staff in the areas of production, product management, sales, purchasing, administration, accounting, marketing and logistics.


Joseph Bohmann was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the USA and by 1878 was building instruments in Chicago. Bohmann was perhaps the first builder of mandolins in the USA and he also pioneered the use of strong top bracing which allowed his guitars to be strung with light steel strings. He also made guitars and mandolins with sympathetic resonating strings or rods and harp guitars. He was active until around 1930.

Bohmann's soundhole labels proclaimed him "The World's Greatest Musical Instrument Manufacturer", and were adorned with pticures of medals recieved at exhiitions: Paris 1889, Chicago 1893, Antwerop 1894, and Atlanta 1895.

Source: harpguitars.net Jospeh Bohmann


The name Ashbury has been associated with acoustic musical instruments since 1995. Ashbury instruments are made in China, Indonesia and Vietnam to designs by Ashbury's Phil Davidson, Pete McClelland and Chris Rudd.  Ashbury offer a whole range of acoustic folk-style instruments which are distributed in the UK by Gremlin music.


Dallas was a UK musical instrument manufacturing and distribution company, founded by John E. Dallas. Dallas began making banjos in 1873, eventually moving to premises at 415 Strand. In 1905-1906 Dallas' three sons were given directorships and the firm's title changed to John E. Dallas and Sons.

By the late 1920s, Dallas instruments were being mass produced under the brand name "Jedson." derived from Dallas' initials, "J.E.D", and "Sons". When John Dallas died in 1921 the form became a private limited company

In 1926 The firm moved to larger premises, at 6-10 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2, and became a wholesale importer and distributer of musical instruments. They moved again to Dallas moved to Ridgmount Street in 1937 (concinding with the introduction of the Ridgmount brand), before eventuallu settling in Clifton Street, EC2.


The Chinese Supertimbre Company was established in 1988. Supertimbre specialize in the production of musical instruments, also providing OEM manufacturing services. Products include wood wind, brass, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, keyboards, percussion and accessories. Supertimbre export to Europe, America, Oceania and Asia.

Yuri Landman

Yuri Landman is a Dutch experimental luthier, musician and comic artist. He has built electric zithers, electric cymbalum, electric 3rd bridge guitars, and electric Koto. Yuri started making instruments out of wood salvaged from furniture and door frames. He used hardware salvaged from old guitars as well as audio equipment, printers, and other electronic stuff.

His instruments challenge the conventions of guitar making with unusual (but also traditional) tuning intervals, drone strings, moveable bridges and pickups.


The Samick Musical Instrument company is an important guitar manufacturer, at the start of the 21st century. When large scale production of guitars became uneconomical in the USA and Europe, many western brands outsourced their manufacturing to highly automated and cost effective Korean manufacturers like Samick. The instruments are then distributed under a variety of brandnames (like Epiphone or Washburn for example).

The very first Samick guitars were made around 1965, by what was then the Samick Piano Company. Many of these instruments were made for other companies, and were branded as such. The Samick Piano Company became the Samick Musical Instrument Company in 1973. The name change reflected the diverse range of instruments made by Samick. Towards the end of the 1970s the international importance of Samick was reflected by their establishment of offices in the USA and Germany, and the opening of a large guitar manufacturing facility in Korea.

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