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Teodoro Perez

Teodoro Pérez was born in 1952 in Soria, Spain. After finishing his studies in Madrid in 1966 he started as a student in José Ramirez III’s workshop, where he learned to make lutes, bandurias and mandolins. Three years later, José Ramirez III decided to send him to another workshop in General Margallo Street in Madrid where he started his apprenticeship as a guitar maker with the master luthiers who worked there during the 1960s and 1970s.The guitars he made for Ramirez are stamped with the initials GPM or the number 13. While working for Ramirez he met many of the masters of the classical and flamenco guitar including: Andrés Segovia, and Narciso Yepes.

Tezanos Perez

Mariano Tezanos worked with Teodoro Perez under the brand name M.Tezanos-Perez until around 2005 when he set up his own workshop in Madrid, Spain. Mariano Tezanos' father Mariano Tezanos Senior, worked for Ramirez in the 1960s & 1970s - his guitars are stamped M.T. inside.


Ronin Guitars hand made from reclaimed old growth redwood in California. Ronin electric guitars are made by Izzy Lugo and John Reed, while Ronin’s acoustic models are built by John's father Jack Reed. The project started when Jack Reed took a chainsaw to an old-growth stump on his property in Humboldt County and made a guitar out of it for John. John Reed teamed up with guitar tech Izzy Lugo and opened a guitar store in New York selling these guitars made from salvaged redwood, before relocating the business to California. In 2016 they revamped the Ronin range, introducing some great original designs alongside their versions of the classic Strat, Les Paul and Tele shapes. Their guitars are not exclusively made from salvaged redwood - you will find mahogany and maple examples.

Source: Ronin Guitars website (16 January 2019)

Perelman (Erez)

Erez Perelman was born in Israel. He studied guitar performance in San Diego, California, as well as physics, maths and has a PhD in computer science. His first instrument was made in the University workshop as a self taught builder, but he has since learned from master luthier Eugene Clark and also from studying guitars at Guitar Salon International in Los Angeles when living near there. His classical guitars are influenced by the designs of Torres, Esteo and Hernandez.

Source: Erez Perelman website (19 December 2018)

Source: Erez Perelman - Luthier. Joseph Urshalmi. Classical Guitar Magazine. January, 2011


Walter Penzel (1896 - 1963) came from a family of cabinet makers in Wernitzgrün, Markneukirchen, Germany. Following World War II Penzel was detained as a captive of the Americans until July 1948 in Kornwestheim near Ludwigsburg. Upon his release he went to work as an instrument maker at the Helasi company in Rot am See. Helasi was dissolved in 1953 and Walter Penzel became self-employed. He set up a room in his apartment as a workshop and had no other employees, save for his wife Hildegard who helped paint the instruments. On finishing a batch of guitars and mandolins, he would set off across Germany in his car selling directly to music shops. Penzel's standard model was an acoustic guitar with two sound holes in cat eye shape and a round middle sound hole. These are beautifully decorated guitars that stand out from other mass produced West German guitars of the period.


Penncrest was a brand name of the J.C. Penny department store chain. Many Penncrest instruments were made by Kay and from the mid 1960s they were increasingly sourced from Japan.


Penn (Pennino)

Penn was a ukulele and guitar brand name of the Pennino Music Company. Pennino Music was founded in Los Angeles, California by Jeanette Pennino Banoczi (1922 - 2017) and her first husband Humbert Pennino (1907 - 1955). Jeanette was born Jeannette Bernadette Boulay in Lowell Massachusetts and showed a talent for trumpet playing. In 1940, at the age of 18, Jeanette moved to New York City where she played First Trumpet for the Phil Spitalny All Girl Hour of Charm radio programme until 1945. She decided to relocate to California following a trip to Hollywood to play in the movie "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". She married Humbert Pennino, first trumpet for Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra and they founded and ran Pennino Music Company, the largest wholesaler of musical instruments on the West Coast. During this period Pennino Music Company used the Penn brand for ukes and guitars.


Pegasus is an acoustic guitar and ukulele brand founded by Bob Gleason. Pegasus instruments are made in Hawaii typically from Koa wood. Gleason started building instruments in 1971, first working on a mountain dulcimer kit then making dulcimers from scratch. After graduation from University in 1973, he left California for Seattle, Washington where he began selling his dulcimers at street fairs. Soon he was also making mandolins and in 1974 he made his first guitars. In 1976 he attended a guitar building course at The Apprentice Shop, Tennessee which helped launch his career as a guitar & ukulele maker. He launched a wholesale music supply business Hilo Strings in the 1990's which sold improved ukulele string sets.

Source: Pegasus Guitars website (12 December 2018)

Gibson CL-50 (30th Anniversary)

Gibson 30th Anniversary CL-50

Gibson released a limited edition of 30 CL-50 guitars, made by the Custom Shop, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of guitar making in Bozeman, Montana. The 30th Anniversary CL-50 2019 has a bearclaw englemann spruce top and rosewood sides and back. The fingerboard has mother-of-pearl autumn leaf inlays. Other appointments include: abalone rosette and binding, and engraved and inlaid 30th Anniversary headstock, as well as an LR Baggs VTC pickup system.

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Pedro de Miguel

The Pedro de Miguel brand was founded by Pedro Pérez  (1958–2008) and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1960 – ). Both had started as apprentices in José Ramírez´s workshop in the early 1970s, but left in 1990 to start their own workshop in Amor de Dias Street, Madrid. They made both classical and flameco guitars but specialised in the flamenco instruments. Rodriguez carried on making Pedo de Miguel guitars after Pedro Pérez died in 2008, and was joined by his son Álvaro and step-son Rubén.

Source: Guitarras Pedro de Miguel website (archived 2017)

RJP (Technologies)

RJP Technologies was founded by Ronnie J. Parker in the early 2000s. Parker had previously worked for Aria and has also designed instruments for Washburn and other companies. The mass production models of Parker's RJP Tech guitars and basses were made overseas and distributed the USA. There were also USA custom models.


The Paramount banjo brand was established in 1921 by William L. Lange. By the 1930s banjos were declining in popularity compared to guitars and Paramount comissioned Martin to make some Paramount tenor guitars. These Paramount guitars had an unsual resonator with sound holes around the body but only around 30 were made.

The Paramount 1924 catalog gives an overview of the brand at the time:

Twenty-six years of banjo manufacturing sums up the experience which is embodied in the success of the Paramount Banjo. For one who has never visited the home of the Paramount Banjo it is difficult indeed to grasp the magnitude of this wonderful factory, from whose doors over 450,000 banjos have issued since the establishment of the business. Several thousand Paramounts alone were made in the first eighteen months of their introduction in 1921, proving superiority.


Pantheon Guitars, an acoustic guitar company, was formed in 2000 by Patrick Theimer and three other investors in collaboration with Dana Bourgeois. Bourgeois directs guitar production with a team of around 12 skilled luthiers who make Bourgeois acoustic guitars (Pantheon's only product) in Lewiston Maine. Working in an old textile mill built in the 1850s, they make about 400 instruments each year.

Source: Bourgeois website


Louis Panormo (1784-1862) was a maker of guitars in the Spanish style in Bloomsbury, London. Louis Panormo was the son of Sicilian violin maker Vicenzo Panormo (1734-1813) who moved to London with his four sons who all found work as musicians, instrument makers or music publishers. Louis advertised himself as “the only maker of guitars in the Spanish style”, and had this slogan painted above his shop on Bloomsbury High Street. Panormo's guitars were well known and the Spanish guitarist Antonio Trinitario Huerta (1800-1874) played a Panormo guitar in 1827 while in England. Panormo's daugher Angelina married Huerta in 1828. Louis emigrated to New Zealand In 1859 with his wife Sarah and three of their children.

Source: Louis Panormo label: Arthur Robb luthier & restorer of 22 Panormo guitars (6 December 2018)


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