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Revell (Tony)

Tony Revell is a UK maker specialising in small bodied acoustic guitars who also makes other instruments including mandolins, electrics and basses. Revell has been building since 1976.


Reuter electric and acoustic guitars are made in Arizona by John Reuter - director of training at Roberto Venn School of Luthiery.

Source: Reuter Guitars website (3 July 2019)


Wildwood Banjos is a small manufacturer of high-end banjos located in Bend, Oregon that started in Arcata, California. The company was founded by Mark Platin in 1972. Their product line includes several models of both resonator and open-back banjos in styles for the traditional frailing and clawhammer style players, and classic powerful bluegrass banjos for 3 finger pickers.

Wildwood mandolins and dulcimers are distributed in Japan by Hosco and in Ireland by Muzikkon - this brand appears unrelated to Wildwood Banjos.

Wildwood acoustic guitars and mandolins are also made by Nick Carpenter in Mount Franklin, Victoria, Australia.

Source: Wildwood Banjo Company website (archived 2005)

Source: Wildwood Instruments (Australia) website (28 June 2019)


Ruben Beck was born in Heidelburg, Germany in 1977,  He studied Art in Monash University and then went to work in the final assembly division at Maton Guitars in 2005.  In 2009, Ruben graduated from Holmesglenn Institute being awarded the highest honours in Fine Furniture Making and receiving a Craftsmanship Award for his final creative piece.  In the same year, Ruben also received an award from the Australian Wood Review for his use of reclaimed timber in his guitars. In 2010, Ruben was selected to be the next head of Maton repairs, and apprenticed with Luthier Chris Ffinch for two years.  After completing a Diploma of Business Management in 2012  he launched Ruben Guitars as a bespoke guitar making company.

Source: Ruben Guitars website (27 June 2019)



Frank Helsley founded Republic Guitars in 2007 as an affordable modern resonator brand, in the town of Rowlett just outside of Dallas Texas. In 2009 Helsley came up with the Highway 61, a travel-sized guitar with a single cut-away. The Republic range covers both classic single-cone and tri-cone models. In August 2013 Republic Guitars relocated to Austin. To keep prices affordable Republic Guitars are imported.     

Source: Republic Guitars website (24 June 2019)


Remus electric and acoustic guitars were made in Japan from the 1970s on, for distribution in Australia.


Reliance was a brand name of George Houghton and Sons (GH&S) of Birmingham, UK. George Hougton opened his Reliance factory in 1888 in Heaton Street, Birmingham. GH&S made a range of stringed instruments including banjos, ukueles and guitars. George Hougton's son (also named George) closed the Reliance works in 1962 and the equipment and some of the staff moved to a factory at 12 Gravel Hill, Bexleyheath, Kent where they made instruments under the Dallas label

Rein (Thomas)

Thomas Rein started making steel stringed guitars in the early 1970s and apprenticed with Edward F. Rose in Lexington, Kentucky. He founded Thomas Rein guitars in 1975 and by 1980s was also building lutes, theorboes, and gambas. After a moving to the Washington DC area in 1986, he decided to concentrate solely on the classical guitar. Rein's classical guitars have been played throughout the world in concerts and on recordings. In 2007, he came full circle and started building steel string guitars again while continuing to build classical guitars.

Source: Thomas Rein website (19 June 2019)

Reid (David Antony)

David Antony Reid is a custom guitar maker based in Perth, Scotland. He started making acoustic guitars in 1998, before completing an engineering degree. He then studied luthiery and went on to invent several modern guitar construction innovations such as the double-edged-scalloped fretboard, the ergonomic guitar neck, the dual compensated saddle, the multiple frequency soundboard and the multiple diffraction/reflection back. Reid is known for his use of reclaimed and recycled materials, such as 3000+ year old bog oak, 100 year old fallen sequoia, re-claimed old Cuban and Brazilian mahogany which had previously been fire surrounds, bank counters and staircase posts; English fruit trees, sycamores and maples which fell during the 1987 hurricane in the south of England.


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