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Hugues Castillon has been making electric guitars and basses in Reunion since the late 1990s. He is self taught and started out by making the standard Strat and Tele style guitars but after several years he began to make carved top Les Paul and PRS style models, using sunburst finishes and experimenting with bodies in one or more parts sometimes with different rare woods (including an Archtop with an Eucalyptus body).


Carella Guitars is run by Giuseppe (Beppe) Carella and Daniela Bruno in Umbria, near Orvieto, Italy. They hand-make electric guitars and basses as well as custom pickups and effects pedals for guitars, basses and keyboards. Beppe Carella is a master luthier, experienced in the production of electric guitars and basses and has had numerous collaborations with established Italian artists (Gatto Panceri, Toti Panzanelli, Valter Vincenti, etc ...).

Source: Carella Guitars website (29 January 2020)

Roman & Lipman

Roman & Lipman was a brand name briefly used by Ed Roman and Barry Lipman in the early 1980s. Roman was the designer and Lipman the luthier and they were based in Danbury, Connecticut at the East Coast Music Mall.

Source: Roman & Lipman bass ad on


Matteo Caminada is an Italian luthier, born in 1978. He began playing the guitar and age 17 and immediately started to customize his own instruments. He then started to customize his friends guitars and began to build guitars gradually developing insights into various techniques with a lot of practice. Finally he was able to pursue a career as a maker of custom electric & acoustic guitars and basses.

Calmon (Benjamin)

Benjamin Calmon was originally a bass player who began making instruments as a teenager. He makes his own standard ranges of basses and guitars (these start at around €1500) but also creates custom models to your own specification (starting around €1800). Calmon is based in South West France and attaches particular importance to working with local timber suppliers (walnut, alder from Aveyron, Vosges maple) to limit the use of exotic woods such as mahogany in his instruments.

Source: Calmon Benjamin website (28 January 2020).



Rokkomann is a Japanese musical instrument distributor. Rokkomann brands include Maya and Asturias. Rokkomann was founded in 1962 and has its head office in Kobe as well as a Tokyo Sales Office and the Asturias Guitar Factory in Kyushu and a Korean Factory (Super Light Case Co., Ltd.).

Source: Rokkomann website (27 January 2020)


Canex Music was established in the early 2000s as a Chinese musical instrument company for student level instruments offering, including Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Guitars, Violins, etc and accessories.

Bad Seed

Sheldon Currington has a background in building racing cars and applied his knowledge in metal fabrication to making metal-bodied semi hollow guitars - making his first prototype in 2010. This prototype ended up being played by James Hetfield and led to an order for 2 custom guitars from the Metallica frontman. Currington's guitar company is called Bad Seed and his guitars have some unique features. They are all made with a semi-hollow metal body, made of Titanium or Aircraft Grade Steel and all have a wooden neck-through neck (see patent link below). The end result is guitars with a wooden tone, but with a brilliant attack and note definition. The Bad Seed range includes semi-hollow electric guitars, basses & resonator guitars.

Source: Bad Seed Guitars website (27 January 2020)

Source: Bad Seed NZ through neck patent 603274


Amnesia Guitars is a workshop of luthiery in Savona, Italy, fully managed by the luthier Carlo Carbone.
Amnesia offers two mains services: Guitar / Bass repair and maintenance, and Guitar / Bass building.


Ronald L. Bracken is the founder of Bracken Guitars. He describes why he founded the company:

"After studying the guitar industry as a whole, I saw a great need to modernize and revamp the old tired ways of doing things. I immediately recognized the demand for old-world craftsmanship and quality, the need for rare worldwide materials sourcing, and the leading innovations in manufacturing innovations . I feel very fortunate to have placed a great team together, bringing Bracken Guitars to fruition."

Bracken produces a range solid body, archtop and bass guitars.


Lizet Albor established Albor Custom Guitars in 2017. Previously she had made guitars in partneship with Paul Ortiz Murcio as Distorted Branch. She has been making electric guitars and basses since around 2008 and has a background in electronic engineering and architecture, She makes instruments from vintage to contemporary styles and combines traditional Mexican luthiery with contemporary techniques and elements from Mexican design, art and culture using local woods to create unique electric instruments.


Huub Boel started Bo-El Guitars in 1991 -  building custom guitars in a small workshop in The Hague in The Netherlands. Bo-El also produce a more affordable range of guitars under the Nicky B brand name.


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