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Wesley

Wesley Guitars was a budget guitar brand founded by John Wesley in County Durham, UK.  Wesley studied guitar for three years in London at the Guildhall School of Music, the Guitar Institute of Technology and the Gateway School of Music, Sound Technology and Music Business studies. For 10 years he worked with a team at Wesley Guitars Ltd selling 25,000 guitars, basses, mandolins and banjos worldwide. These instruments were imported - but Wesley personally set many of them up. The Wesley brand has now been discontinued.

Source: John Wesley website (20 September 2021)

Boston

Boston was a brand name of P&R Howard Music Ltd in Scotland - for guitars, folk instruments and drums. The P&R Howard company grew to a turnover of £4.6 million in 2005 and operated out of a warehouse in East Kilbride as the largest distributor of musical instruments in Scotland. The company went out of business in September 2013.

Source: Boston Guitars website (archived 2010)

Washington

Washington was a brand owned J.W.Jenkins & Sons a musical instrument dealer and wholesaler based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1885 the J.W. Jenkins Company opened a factory and made acoustic guitars using the brands Harwood, Clifford and Washington.

Marma

The Marma company was founded by Karl Bauer in Mainz in 1920 and soon opened another branch in Vogtland. The company traded in bowed and plucked instruments, strings and accessories under the Marma, Guitarola, Guitarion and Silverin brand names. After the Second World War the company completely relocated to Markneukirchen, its original location in Mainz having been bombed. After Karl Bauer's death, his wife Elisabeth took over the business. In the years following the Second World War, MARMA began building its own guitars: it had its own production facility but early on there were also homeworkers who made guitars for MARMA. Frank-Peter Dietrich was responsible for purchasing and export from 1961-1964. In the 1960s, MARMA had its own workshop in which made various models of classical guitars and banjos, as well as steel stringed and electric guitars.

Vibra

Vibra: full range of guitars and folk stringed instruments made in the late 1970s to early 1980s.

Source: Vibra catalogs 1977 to 1981

Trujo

Trujo was a banjo brand founded in San Francisco by Harry George and Velma Truett in the 1920s. Harry George was a machinist but also a guitar player and the first Trujo instruments were modified Gibsons that he modified. Soon the Trujo instruments were made entirely by Gibson - but to the Trujo design with deep rims and a complicated tone ring system. There were also Trujo guitars.

Source Gryphon Strings Trujo banjo (15 April 2021)

Toredo

Toredo instruments was a brand name of C Meisel Music Co, of New Jersey. Toredo guitars were made in Japan - some at least made by Kiso Suzuki. The range included electric guitars & basses, acoustic guitars as well as folk instruments like banjos and mandolins.

Terris

Michael Terris makes fine banjos, mandolins and resonator guitars by hand in New Jersey. Active since the 1980s.

Tennessee

The Tennessee brand was founded in the early 1970s by Tut Taylor & his son Mark. On moving to Nashville from Georgia, Tut bought the former Billy Grammer guitar factory and started manufacturing the “Tennessee” line of mandolins, resophonic guitars, banjos, and acoustic guitars. This company continued for several years. In 1977 Tut decided to move to Pigeon Forge, TN where he started a small retail shop. Mark continued to build instruments under the "Crafters of Tennessee" name.

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