Renaissance electric guitars and basses were made from clear acrylic (trade name Plexiglass or Lucite). Renaissance was founded in 1977 in Malvern, Pennsylvania by John Marshall. Marshall had learned guitarmaking from Eric Schulte and Augie LoPrinzi,. He was joined by two other partners, Phil Goldberg and Dan Lamb. Production of the Renaissance SPG started in 1978 with clear, smokey grey or black acrylic bodies and all the instruments had DiMarzio pickups with active cictuitry. John Dragonetti joined the company in 1979, but by this time the business was in financial trouble. The instruments were not profitable and suffered from some design problems - Dragonetti set about redesigning the line. He dropped the active electronics, thinned down the bodies, introduced a BC Rich body style, and used standard components instead of making them in house.