Dimitar Georgiev, alongside two of his brothers, founded Kremona in 1924 in Bulgaria. Georgiev had apprenticed as a violin maker in Markneukirchen, Germany. Over time, the brothers welcomed other master builders into the Kremona workshop and Kremona instruments spread across Europe. Circa 2017 Kremona is best known for acoustic guitars, which are widely distributed in the USA, but they also made some electric and bass guitars in the past.
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.
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.
Bill Lawrence, was born Willi Lorenz Stich in Germany in 1931. He made his first magnetic pickup in 1946. In 1965, Bill Lawrence, Nathan Grossman and Jzchak Wajcman started Lawrence Electrosounds in Munich Germany. The company made pickups for different guitar manufacturers, including Framus. In 1966, Jzchak Wajcman bought the shares from Grossman and became the majority stockholder. By 1970, Jzchak closed the company, and sold the equipment to Hoyer Guitars. Jzchak moved to Israel, and Bill moved to the USA.
Christian Celinder (born in 1964, Copenhagen), is a Danish luthier and founder of CELINDER Guitar Design. Celinder incorporates modern-day knowledge to produce some of the finest hand-built bass guitars on the market.
Celinder studied as a pianist at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, before falling in love with the bass. He learned the double-bass and bass guitar from Bo Stief and Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP) before starting his lutherie business at the Basslab in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1987.
In 1990 he began making his own basses, with models inspired by the Fender Jazz and Precision bass designs.