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Ritz electric guitars were hand made in the USA. This short lived company was founded by Brad Becnel and Cliff Wildes in 1988 and specialised in superstrat electric guitars and basses. They were made in Wayne Charvel's workshop in Ontario and he supervised their design, assembly, testing and quality control. around 150 were made in total. Their most eye catching guitars were the Neptune series models which had bodies completely covered in a cracked shell mosaic finish (invented by Alejandro S. Soler). Only around 25 of these Neptune guitars were made before the company went out of business in 1989.

Source: Ritz Guitar Company catalog 1989

Source: Alejandro S. Soler patent for cracked shell finish 1989


Rhoney electric guitars were made by Paul Rhoney. He rented a workshop from Doug Kauer in Elk Grove, California until 2017, then he moved back to his home town of Portland for other employment.

Source: Rhoney Guitars website (archived 2015)

GIG 10 (Guitar Productions)

All GIG 10 Guitars are original designed and hand crafted. They are not CNC machined or major factory manufactured. They are individually built by David Gregson (aka: Web Slinger) in a small shop in Washington State, USA. David has been a lover of guitars and a player for over 40 years. He's been building guitars and basses for the last 15 years. Go to "GIG 10 Productions" on Facebook and check out GIG 10 Guitars for lots of photos and names of the different guitar models

Source: GIG 10 Facebook page (13 July 2019)


Rice Custom Guitars began in an Illinois basement in 1998, when Rich and Chris Rice created their first guitar as a father/son project. They launched Rice Custom Guitars in 2005, growing through word of mouth. Today, they still work together out of Arlington Heights, making electric guitars and basses.

Source: Rice Custom Guitars website (11 July 2019)


The Revelation brand was introduced in the 1990s by Hohner. The brand was discontinued in the mid 1990s and Hohner sold off its UK premises to Sutherland Trading Co Ltd. Sutherland became the official distributior of all Hohner products for the UK and Ireland and also inherited the Revelation name. Sutherland relaunched the Revelation brand in 2010, with input from Alan Entwhistle who had worked on the original Hohner Revelation designs. Revelation guitars are made in China.

Source: Revelation Guitars website (3 July 2019)

Renaissance (acrylic)

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.

Stradi (Symphony Guitar Design)

Stradi is the brand name of Marek & Agnieszka Dąbek. Marek is Polish luthier, photographer and designer who founded the Stradi brand in 2002 to develop a range of electric upright basses, electric violins and bass guitars. Every instrument is hand made by Marek and Agnieszka and they build fewer than 20 instruments per year. The Dąbek's company is called Symphony Guitar Design.

Source: Stradi website (7 June 2019)


Avishay (Avi) Shabat graduated from the Algranati Guitar Making School in Israel before moving to Los Angeles to apprentice for guitar repair shops and work for a boutique guitar company. Avi spent the next four years building handmade instruments, and founded a company of his own, Guitar Groomer, where he restored and repaired guitars and basses from his home workshop. In 2012, Avi expanded his repair business and began designing and building his own instruments, launching a new line of handmade electric guitars and basses—Shabat Guitars.

Source: Shabat Guitars website (6 June 2019)


RediVivus was founded in Turin, Italy by Umberto Mari and his brother Massimo Mari. They began making their own instruments in the late 1980s - the RV series was launched in 1988, followed by the Jocker series and the Nichol series in 1996. The brothers also use the "Mari by RediVivus" brand name.

Source: Mari by RediVivus website (4 June 2019)


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