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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)


Mark Piper founded Redentore Guitars in 2007, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redentore range includes archtop guitars, carved-top semi acoustic/electrics, the "LJ" (little jazzer), and the Redentore LJ Slimline acoustic bass. All are meticulously constructed, finished, and set up by Piper who has many years experience in guitar building and repairs for Nashville's pro musicians.

Source: Redentore Guitars website (4 June 2019)


Juha Ruokangas opened his first guitar making workshop in 1995 in Finland. In 1997 he launched the first Ruokangas standard model - the Duke. He has since been joined by a small team of luthiers and the range of designs now includes the Mojo, VSOP, Unicorn, Duke, Aeon and Hellcat guitars as well as the Steam bass.

Source: Ruokangas website (27 May 2019)


Raven guitars was a brand name of Great Western Imports Ltd of Vancouver from the mid 1960s onwards. Raven electric, acoustic and bass guitars were intially made in Japan for distribution in the USA and Canada - later ones may have been made in Korea or elsewhere.

Source: Raven catalog 1965


Rash Guitars was an Italian company located in Merate (Lecco) founded by Ruggero Ascione. Their handmade electric guitars and basses featured Italian woods, special finish colors and handmade pickups and were endorsed by a number of Italian guitarists. Their website was active from 2002 until 2015. Paolo Lardera worked with Ascione before taking over the workshop at 48 Via Statale and launching his own Blackbeard Guitars brand.

Source: Rash Guitars website (archived 2008)

Marconi LAB

Marconi LAB is an Italian guitar and bass maker, located in Cureggio in the Novara province. Marconi LAB was a traditional luthiery workshop for ten years before launching their website in 2011. Their website connects customers directly with Marconi with quotes for custom instruments generated in real time. Questions or clarifications are answered directly by David Torriani & Guido Brancalion luthiers of Liuteria Marconi. As well as complete instruments they offer necks and bodies.

Source: Marconi LAB website (12 May 2019)


RAMA electric guitars and basses were made in Melbourne, Australia. RAMA was founded in 1978 by ex-Maton employee Barry Cowen and his friend Leon Bronson. RAMA guitars were made by hand from exotic and rare hardwoods and top quality hardware. They sold through a small network of shops including Dynasound in Melbourne and Ebony Music in Sydney. RAMA Guitars was closed down in the early 1980s after making around 90 instruments.

Source: Guitar Nerd - RAMA Guitars (23 April 2019)

Fabio Ragghianti

Fabio Ragghianti was inspired to become a guitar maker when he visited luthier Carlo Raspagni’s workshop to order a guitar. In 1981 he started an appreticeship with the luthiers Leo Biancardi and Paolo Vettori - he soon gave up his day job as a languages teacher to become a luthier himself. Over the following years he continued learning at Malden School of Musical Instrument Repair in England & Maestro Matter’s Workshop in Portugal and visits to various luthiers such as David Rubio and Daniel Friederich. Ragghianti received awards in 1993 and again in 1995 at the International Contest of Baveno and in 1998 as Artisan of the Year from the Rotary Club. Ragghianti also speaks about guitar making at international conferences and has taught luthiery.

Source: Fabio Ragghianti website (30 March 2019)


Radian was a brand name of New Zealander Adrian Hamilton (Ash Custom Works) who has been hand making electric & acoustic guitars and basses since 1992. Adrain Hamilton introduced the Radian brand in 2007 (Radian is an anagram of Adrian) - these were an affordable combination of NZ made bodies, Japan/USA made necks and the good value hardware.

Source: Radian Guitars website (Archived 2013)


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