Ernie Ball was an American entrepreneur and musician. Around 1958 Ernie Ball opened probably the first American music store selling exclusively guitars.
In the 1960s Ernie noticed a demand for lighter gauge strings, associated with the rock and roll playing styles.
The Ernie Ball Slinky range of guitar strings were officially launced in 1962 and remain popular today.
Larry DiMarzio introduced the Super Distortion and Dual Sound pickups around 1971. These were the first mass market replacement guitar pickups and started a revolution of guitar hot-rodding in the 1970s. The high output Super Distortion pickup made it easier to get an overdriven distorted sound than with most stock humbuckers of the period. Located in Staten Island DiMarzio now produces a range of nearly 200 different pickups, as well as cables & straps.
Eyb guitars is the brandname used by German luthier Gunter Eyb. Eyb makes electric guitars, basses and electric sitars. The bridges used in the sitars are also available separately as well as Eyb's own pickup selector Megaswitch.