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Pickard (Jason)

Jason Pickard gained a Masters Degree in music performance from East Carolina University, studying classical guitar. He also taught music and worked as Director of Education for MARS Music, Inc. in Charlotte, NC.  By 2006 he was making classical guitars, working out of the Music 49 shop in Charlotte, NC - while also teaching music. Circa 2018 Jason Pickard seems more involved in making custom electric guitars than in the classical models.


Pascal Quinson has been a luthier since 1987. He started out in Toulouse, at quai de la Daurade. He was partly self taught but also learned from luthiers in Paris. Now works in Montauban where he makes violins, lutes and classical guitars.


Ricardo Quiles Ballester was a maker of guitars, bandurrias, lutes and other stringed instruments in Catarroja, Valencia in Spain. Ricardo opened his own workshop in 1959 after working with Ricardo Sanchis. His son Rafae Quiles Ballester joined him in the business and eventually took over.


Orlando Quagliardi founded an accordion making company in Castelfidardo, Italy in 1921. Quagliardi was one of the first Italian accordion companies to start making guitars. They usually used their Welson brand name, but their guitars were also distributed under the Dynacord (in Germany) and Wurlitzer (in the USA) brands. The first Welson solid bodies appeared in 1962 and were similar to the Bartolini-Gemelli Galaxy model. As the 1960s went on Welson focused on semi-acoustic archtops and a 335 style model - Welson had a reputation as one of Italy's best guitar makers.

Phoenix (Guitar Company)

Phoenix Guitar Company is run by George Leach who first started working on guitars in 1988. From 1988 to 1994 he worked under the name of “GSL Guitars” but then changed the name to the Phoenix Guitar Company, and opened a store in Phoenix . The store specialized in building custom instruments and repairs until it closed in 1996. This allowed George to concentrate on building custom guitars - specialising in archtop, acoustic and classical guitars as well ascasionally doing repairs or restorations.

Source: Phoenix Guitar Company website (13 February 2019)

Phantom Guitars

Phantom Guitars and basses was a brand name owned by Island Musical Supplies (Staten Island, New York) in the 1980s. Phantom instruments were made in Korea and included a complete range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars as well as mandolins and banjos.

Source: Phantom Guitars catalogs (1985 - 1987)


Vincent "Jimmy" DiSerio was one of John D'Angelico two assistants. He worked with D'Angelico from 1932 to 1960 before opening his own workshop in Manhattan. DiSerio is less well known than D'Angelico's other assistant James D'Aquisto who joined him in 1952 and went on to become a legendary archtop maker in his own right.

Source: Acoustic Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tony Bacon, Dave Hunter 2018

Harald Petersen

Harald Petersen was a Danish luthier who had moved to the UK and sold his instruments through the Spanish Guitar Centre in London (established in 1952). Harald died in 1968 but his sons (who worked with him) carried on making Harald Peterson guitars for a few years after that. He made 3 models: A, B and C. The B had rosewood sides and back, the A had maple side and back. The C was the most expensive - made from the same woods as the B but with fancier fittings and finish.

Source: Delcamp Classical  Guitar  Forum (28 January 2019)

Perl Gold

Perl Gold was a brand name of German musical instrument distributor Kurt Gropp. Kurt Gropp opened his mail order business in 1922 in Siebenbrunn near Markneukirchen, and then moved it to Breitenfeld in 1925. Kurt Gropp's two sons: Gerhard Gropp (1931 - 1999) and Armin Gropp were both master luthiers. Kurt Gropp traded as a private company until April 1972 when it was forcibly nationalized and became part of the VEB group trading under the name VEB Perl Gold until 1975 and then VEB Sinfonia Markneukirchen. In 1979 Kurt Gropp died at the age of 78 years. Armin Gropp and his son Mario Gropp restarted the Gropp business as a private company after the reunification of Germany in 1990.

Source: (23 January 2019)


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