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Penncrest was a brand name of the J.C. Penny department store chain. Many Penncrest instruments were made by Kay and from the mid 1960s they were increasingly sourced from Japan.


Sindorf (Bob)

Robert Johannes "Bob" Sindorf was born in Amsterdam in 1951 and emigrated to the USA with his family in 1951. He grew up in Little Falls, New Jersey and graduated from Columbia College in 1974. While still at Columbia, Sindorf worked with Charles LoBue at Guitar Lab in New York City on the weekends and between classes. Sindorf had started to make guitars in his bedroom as a child and originally came into LoBue's shop looking for a part to complete a guitar that he was building in his dorm. Sindorf continued to work with LoBue through 1976 when he began grad school, At Guitar Lab he worked alongside the likes of Larry Dimarzio, Steve Blucher, Sherwood T.

RJP (Technologies)

RJP Technologies was founded by Ronnie J. Parker in the early 2000s. Parker had previously worked for Aria and has also designed instruments for Washburn and other companies. The mass production models of Parker's RJP Tech guitars and basses were made overseas and distributed the USA. There were also USA custom models.


Pan guitars were distributed in Canada by Turner Musical Instruments Limited from the late 1960s into the 1970s. Pan guitars were made in Japan and the range included acoustic, electric and bass guitars which were copies of the iconic American designs.

Source: Pan catalogs 1968-169


Palir Guitars was founded in 2009 by husband and wife John & Katie Palir. They have been full time since 2014. Palir specialise in worn-in, eye catching Strat and Tele style guitars with great tone and playability.  In particular their necks are finished to make them smooth and comfortable as possible.

Source: Palir Guitars website (3 December 2018)


Richelieu guitars and basses were made in Bridgeport, Connecticut from 1982 to 1984. The company was started by John Toth and Richard Syarto. Richelieu made custom neck-through-body Spectre guitars, and with various pickup and finish options. Relatively few Richelieu instruments were made (probably less than 100). The company became Black Rock Guitars in the mid 1980s and John Toth carried on while Richard Syarto went on to work for the Fender Custom Shop.

Starforce 7000 Series

Starforce 7000 series included the 7000 model with a precision style body shape and the 7005, 7007  & 7008 models which had more original shaped bodies. All had 1 split-coil and one single coil pickup. The 7007 model was like the 7008 except with a double-coil EMG Select pickup. The 7005 was available with crackle paint finish and both the 7000 and 7005 with graffiti graphics.

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Guild B series

The Guild B-series bass guitars were introduced in 1977 as a new generation of solid body basses to replace the JS-1 and JS-2 basses which had been the company's only solid body basses since 1970.  These B-series basses shared the new body shape of the S-300 guitars. The single pick-up B-301 was released first and its success soon led to the introduction of the 2-pickup B-302 model. Both models were available with ash body and maple neck, as the B-301A and B-302A. Both were also available with fretless fingerboard for no extra cost. The B-302 also was available with stereo wiring.

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John Page

John Page started building guitars in the mid 1970s. Page joined Fender in 1978 and his talents were soon recognised by Freddie Tavares who became his mentor. In 1981 Page designed the Fender bullet and later designed higher-end guitars including the Vintage, Elite, and Performer Series. He co-founded the Fender Custom Shop in 1987 and ran it until 1998. On leaving the Custom Shop he was the founding executive director of Fender's Museum of Music and the Arts before leaving in 2003 to move to the Southern Oregon forest to build a new life and home. He returned to the guitar world in 2006 when he launched his own company - John Page Custom Guitars. In 2015 he teamed up with Premier Builders Guild co-founder Howard Swimmer to launch John Page Classic Guitars: offering more affordable production versions of Page’s designs.


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