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Ashley Sanders

Ashley Sanders makes lattice braced classical guitars by hand in Port Elliot, South Australia. Sanders trained as a cabinet maker and ran a bespoke furniture building business for many years, before establishing his guitar making business. He makes around 3 instruments each year: 650mm scaled, lattice braced concert guitars with either master grade cedar or Swiss spruce for the tops, bodies in East Indian rosewood, pommel sapeli, ziricote or Australian blackwood and either Fijian or Brazilian mahogany for the necks.

Source: Ashley Sanders website (10 July 2020)

Bruce McGuire

Bruce McGuire (1948 - 2012) apprenticed with Arthur E. Overholtzer who taught him the art of building a guitar. He was making guitars part time from around 1969 onwards. McGuire collaborated in the writing of the book, Classic Guitar Making, and continued to build instruments until his death in 2012. He combined his skills as a teacher with his enthusiasm for music and industrial arts and his belief in education to found a Ukulele-building class in local junior high schools, Arts in the Afternoon, which was funded by the Sunrise Rotary of Santa Cruz.

Source: Bruce Robert McGuire obituary. Santa Cruz Sentinel. November 28, 2012.

Source: Directory of Contemporary American Musical Instrument Makers By Susan Caust Farrell. 1981

James Patterson

James Edward Patterson (1927 - 2014) was a Santa Cruz luthier who made his first guitar in 1962. He continued building them in his spare time and eventually made around 306 acoustic guitars. In his day job he worked as the printer for the City of Santa Cruz for almost 40 years. He retired from his printing job when he was 62 but carried on making guitars.

Source: James Edward Patterson obituary. Santa Cruz Senitel. August 24, 2014.


Michael Sanden started to learn guitar building in 1982 in San Diego with Bozo Padunavac where he learned to make acoustic guitars and mandolins. From 1984-1986 he studied classical guitar making with Georg Bolin. He recieved his journeyman`s certificate in 1986 and in 1996 his Master´s certificate in guitar craftmanship. He has taught guitar building classes for since the 1990s over 25 years and also worked as design and construction consultant for Tanglewood.

Source: Sanden Guitars website (6 July 2020)


Sandberg Guitars is a German guitar and bass maker was founded in 1986 by Holger Stonjek and Gerd Gorzelke. At the time Holger Stonjek was training as a piano maker at the Wilhelm Schimmel Piano makers in Braunschweig . The Sandberg company got its name from its first workshop address at Am Sandberg in Ehmen. Sandberg is best known for its electric basses but since 2010 they have also been making electric guitars.

Source: Sandberg Guitars website (3 July 2020)

Ricardo Sanchis Carpio

Ricardo Sanchis Carpio is a Spanish guitar maker who is the head luthier of the Hermanos Sanchis Lopez company in Valencia. Hermanos Sanchis Lopez traces its origins to the firm founded by Ricardo Sanchis Nacher in 1915 (Ricardo Sanchis Carpio's grandfather). Ricardo Sanchis Carpio makes high end, handmade, concert classical and flamenco models. His sons David and German Sanchis Lopez supervise the rest of the Hermanos Sanchis Lopez range of affordable, classical and flamenco guitars.

Source: Hermanos Sanchis Lopez website (1 July 2020)

Vicente Sanchis

Vicente Sanchis classical and flamenco guitars were made in Masanasa, Valencia, Spain. The factory had its origins in the Ricardo Sanchis Nacher workshop founded in 1915. At one point the factory employed over 20 luthiers who made around 700 guitars each month. Vicente Sanchis was also known for making traditional Spanish folk instruments like bandurias and lauds.

Juan Salvador

Juan Salvador classical guitars were made in Spain for the London Guitar Studio. They were introduced in the 1980s and featured a shorter scale length and solid calibrated German spruce top. The brand was discontinued by the London Guitar Studio around 2008. The range included:

Portland Guitar

Portland Guitar specializes in fine handmade acoustic and acoustic electric guitars. It is a father-son operation comprised of Jay and Max Dickinson. Jay makes the guitars while Max runs operations. Jay is a lifelong mechanical engineer and wood worker who has been making guitars full time since 2005. Portland Guitar are focused on bringing playability, musicality and longevity to thier instruments. Their guitars feature innovations and inventions such as a split saddle nut is used to improve intonation and an easily adjustable cantilever neck which allows for the action to be changed. Unique art is used inside and for the purfling. Check out what they have to offer. 

Source: Portland Guitar website (18 June 2020)

Samo Sali

Samo Sali is a Slovenian luthier born in 1965. He studied engineering and completed masters and PhD degrees focused on guitar acoustics. In 2002 he started a collaboration with Croatian guitar maker Mirko Hotko. In 2005 the Slovenian Mistry of Culture granted him the status of independent guitar maker and since then he has been developing and making his own classical and acoustic guitars in his workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Source: Sali Guitars website (16 June 2020)


Shiro acoustic and electric guitars were made in Japan by Aria in the 1970s to 1980s. The range also included banjos and mandolins. The brand is named after Shiro Arai the founder of Aria Guitars (Arai & Co., Inc).


Sakura acoustic and electric guitars were originally made in Japan (in the 1970s and possibly earlier).  Circa 2011 there were also Chinese made Sakura electric guitars.

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia (1868 - 1922) was a Catalan luthier. He was born in Madrid - the son of a guitar maker Juan Garcia. In 1883 started an apprenticeship with Jose Ramirez. and ten years later in 1893 his instuments won a medal at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. His labels from then on depict this medal. He left Ramirez in 1895 to start his own workshop in Barcelona. By the turn of the century he was among Spain's most important guitar makers. His guitars had a world wide reputation, and were often made for export to Latin America. On his death in 1922 his only apprentice Francisco Simplicio took over the workshop.

Source: Siccas Guitars - Enrique Garcia 1909 (4 June 2020)



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