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Retro Guitars

Retro Guitars are made by Chris O'Dee in Pataskala, Ohio. Chris founded Retro Guitars in 2012 building the business up from humble beginnings to a 600 square-foot workshop. Jeremy Hodges handles the finishing and together they have made custom guitars for Sheryl Crow, Mike McCready, Billy Gibbons, Joan Jett, Peter Stroud, Mark Chatfield, Kenny Greenberg, Brad Paisley and Bernie Marsden. As well as completed guitars they also sell bodies, necks and pickups.

Source: Retro Guitars website (28 June 2023)


Locke Custom Guitars make Rock Star electric guitar bodies and necks as well as Signature Series electric guitars. The company was founded in 2007 by Chris Locke.His began guitar making in 2005 first by modding his own guitars then by making partscasters, eventually transitioning into commissioned builds for others. Locke also began providing guitar bodies and necks for DIY enthusiasts. The company gained recognition for replicating famous guitar player's bodies and necks. In 2018, Locke partnered with professional musician Brad Tretola to develop and market the "Signature Series" guitars. In 2020, faced with increased demand during a global pandemic, Locke enlisted the help of colleague Don Ward to head up the custom shop for unique requests and assist in the production process, ensuring consistent quality. Today, the trio—Locke, Tretola, and Ward—contribute their specialized skills to maintain the brand's high standards and global presence.

SOLO (Music Gear Ltd)

THE STORY SOLO Guitars is a division of SOLO Music Gear Ltd. Solo Music Gear was founded in 2008 to service the needs of musicians, repair shops, builders and hobbyists and is dedicated to offering a large selection of DIY guitar and bass kits, bodies & necks, guitar parts and Luthier tools. Please visit their Facebook Page to view photos of the work sent in from many of their customers and the wonderful work they have accomplished. You can also find tips and tricks in building and finishing your Solo.

Source: Solo Music Gear web page (8 July 2022)


Potvin Guitars is run by Mike Potvin who operates a one-man workshop building electric guitars in Ottawa, Canada. Potvin has been making guitars since 2003 and started Potvin Guitars in 2008. Although his electric guitars are inspired by vintage classics (have a look at his El Camino '58 model)- he also has some completely original designs like the Super Bee series.Potvin Guitars also offers a selection of guitar-building templates and jigs which are used by hobbyists and professional builders alike.

Source: Potvin Guitars website (17 May 2022)


GSP custom guitars and basses are made in Eastbourne, UK by Graham Pollard. He can also make custom necks and bodies - contact him via (user name: GSPBASSES).

42nd Street

42nd Street Guitars was founded by Angela Arnott - the 'Guitar Angel' - a UK-based luthier and vintage guitar restoration specialist since the 1990s. 42nd Street instruments are American vintage inspired guitars - built in the UK by Angela and her son Tig Arnott. They also offer a range of upgrade and replacement bodies and necks, all finished in nitrocellulose paints and lacquers, and available in a variety of NOS and aged styles. Whether you want a pristine pre-aged as new look or an authentically worn replica in your choice of vintage colour, they can customise items to meet your individual needs.

Source: 42nd Street Guitars website (12 September 2021)

USA Custom Guitars

USA Custom Guitars (USACG) was formed in 2000 in Tacoma, Washington by a small group of people as a guitar neck & body maker.  In 2018 USACG expanded its operation with new machinery, upgraded capabilities and a bigger team.  Circa 2021 USACG had 4 divisions; Consumer Products, OEM Small and Medium Run, OEM Large Run, and OEM Full Build Services. By 2021 USACG was part of the MJT Guitars/MJT Aged Finishes family of companies. Everything was moved from the Pacific Northwest to Midwest.

Source: USACG website (12 May 2021)


The Sweetwood Guitar Company was founded by Glenn Sweetwood in 2002 in San Francisco, CA. It is now based in Soquel, CA. Sweetwood provide design and prototyping services to other companies (Supro, Buzz Feiten, B-Way Guitars, Carl Harvey Instruments among many others). Sweetwood also have a parts and hardware business and are well known for their aftermarket necks. They also produce their own line of guitars and basses.

Source: Sweetwood Guitars website (17 December 2020)


Afanti Music is a professional manufacturer and exporter, with near 20 years experience in string musical instruments. With reliable ablity to make new products according to your design. 


Mainly Produce:  DIY guitar kits, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, Banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitar accessories, etc, with high quality and more cost-effective price, exported to more than 120 countries and areas. 


Group Corporation products: Saxophone, flute, clatinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, marching instruments, Drum Set, Cymbal, drum hardware, electric keyboard, accordion, etc. 


Göldo has its origins in 1978 when German guitar designer Dieter Gölsdorf created Rockinger Guitars as a parts sales company. He then launched the guitar brand Duesenberg in 1986 and Formentera Guitars in 1987.  In 1991 internal differences led to a sale of Formentera shares and change of ownership at Rockinger. The Göldo was launched in 1991 as company focused on wholesale, production, import, distribution and export of its own and outsourced components to dealers and guitar manufacturers. Göldo is a wholesaler only and does not sell directly to customers.

Source: Göldo website (28 June 2019)

Marconi LAB

Marconi LAB is an Italian guitar and bass maker, located in Cureggio in the Novara province. Marconi LAB was a traditional luthiery workshop for ten years before launching their website in 2011. Their website connects customers directly with Marconi with quotes for custom instruments generated in real time. Questions or clarifications are answered directly by David Torriani & Guido Brancalion luthiers of Liuteria Marconi. As well as complete instruments they offer necks and bodies.

Source: Marconi LAB website (12 May 2019)


MJT is run by Mark and Matt Jenny who specialize in reproducing classic old laquer finishes. They use thin nitrocellulose finishes in the same colors used by Fender from 1950 to 1965 and use a relicing process to give necks and bodies a worn vintage look. MJT can provide bodies, necks, kits or completed guitars or basses; typically in Fender style.

Source: MJT website (6 June 2018)

Mighty Mite

Mighty Mite was founded in 1974 by Randy Zacuto in Camarillo, California as a supplier of replacement pickups and bridges for guitars and basses. The Mighty Mite brand was bought by Jack Westheimer in 1982 and it was reintroduced by Westheimer Corporation in 1991 as a supplier of replacement guitar necks, bodies and other parts. 

Source: Mighty Mite catalogs

Source: Mighty Mite website (21 May 2018)


Danny Hines Custom Guitars was established in 2007 as a supplier of custom aged guitars (typically Fender style), bodies, necks and parts.

Source: Danny Hines Custom Guitars website

Boogie Bodies

Boogie Bodies was founded in 1976 by Ken Warmoth and Lynn Ellsworth and was one of the first suppliers of replacement guitar bodies and necks. Warmoth left the company in 1980 to found the Warmoth brand.


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