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Navigator is an ESP brand name, in use since the early 1980s. Navigator guitars are high quality Fender and Gibson copies made for the Japanese domestic market.


Nash Guitars was founded by Bill Nash - who started out making reliced electric guitars in his basement. Using USA made necks and bodies Nash specialise in making aged versions of the classic Fender models as well as some non-traditional styles. Nash also refinish and rewire Gibson Les Pauls.

Source: Nash Guitars website (20 July 2018)


Nanyo Boeki Company Ltd was a Japanese distributor of microphones, amplifiers and musical instruments.  In the mid 1980s Nanyo aquired the Sexton Guitar Company and manufactured SGC Nanyo basses and launched the Guitar Collection and Bass Collection brands. Nanyo Boeki went out of business (at least the musical instrument part) in the early 2000s and the Bass Collection brand name was aquired by the Bass Centre in London, UK.

Source: SGC Nanyo Bass Collection catalog 1993


Nady Systems Inc was founded in the 1970s by John Nady who developed and refined wireless mircrophone systems for musicians. Although best known for their hugely successful wireless systems, Nady also introduced Nady Lightning guitars and basses in the 1980s with built in wireless transmitters - these were initially made in Japan by Fernandes. Nady also produce guitar amplifiers (with built in wireless receivers) and a wide range of effects pedals.

Source: Nady Systems Inc website (16 July 2018)


Mystic Guitars offers "Mystic" electric guitars in 12 classic styles - since around 2014. Mystic guitars come in Standard, Custom, and Deluxe models. Standard models feature Graph Tech Tusq XL nuts, Curt Mangan strings. The Custom models additionally receive Entwistle Custom Pickups, CTS potentiometers for tone and volume controls,  DeLuxe models additionally receive Graph Tech bridges & tailpieces.

Source: Mystic Guitars store on (15 July 2018)


Murph Guitars was founded by Thomas Patrick ‘Pat’ Murphy. Murphy was born in 1920 in Illinois and was an air force mechanic in the US Navy during World War II. By 1960 he had moved to California and had a family of 5 musically talented kids - they had a family singing and dancing group called The Murphys. The oldest two boys played the guitar. It was their guitar teacher who convinced Pat Murphy to try his hand at making a line of electric guitars. Murphy Music Industries began in 1965 in San Fernando in 1200 square foot building at 1817 First Street. By 1966 Murphy had a range of solid body guitars and amplifiers and had 22 workers. At this point Murphy Music Industries received a ‘cease and desist’ letter from CBS -Fender  which claimed that the body shape of the Murph Squire guitar was too much like the Fender Jazzmaster & Jaguar.

Pulcinella (MPG)

Matt Pulcinella was an active bass and guitar player in the early 1990s Philadelphia and Delaware live music scene who worked as a graphic designer by day. In the mid 1990s he started restoring and hot rodding an old Fender Jazz bass, and then made his own version of a Ken Smith neck-through bass. By 1997 he started to make basses for sale and officially launched Matt Pulcinella Guitars (MPG) in 1998. He advertised in Bass Player magazine and the orders started to roll in. He had to contract out some jobs (like roughing out the necks and finishing) to keep pace with demand. Outsourcing came at too high a price, however and in 2003 Pulcinella was forced to bring everything back in house and drastically scale back production. By 2005 he was back to making a handful of basses per year. For a while he concentrated on playing live again and spending time with his young family, but in 2006 he revitalised his workshop, improved his building procedures and in-house spray booth.

GV guitars

Get (Norbert Szabó) and Vamp (Imrich Kamocsai), are the founders of GV guitars.
In 2016 Ivan Imhof (from Budapest) joined to the team to collaborate in design and some woodworking.

Main activity is to build high quality handmade custom guitars and basses, integrating traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the art technologies with style that we call "vintage modern". The model lines include several unique designs and others made by custom order. All custom instruments are designed and built by the suggestions and feedback of the customer.

Innovative approach, meticulous attention to details, using the finest quality parts and material, unmatched flexibility and understanding musicians needs are GV's greatest strengths.


Motone is a brand name of the Beijing Motone Musical Instrument Company Ltd. of China - used for acoustic guitars, electric guitars and bass guitars. This company also produced (or distributed) Goldea brand amplifiers and effects. Motone was established in 2007.

Source: Motone website (28 June 2018)


Moreschi was founded by Giuseppe Moreschi in 1910 when he began making accordions in his basement in Castelfidarfo, Italy. By the 1940s the company became Moreschi & Figli (Moreschi & Sons), Giuseppe was joined by his 3 sons and was exporting wordwide.By the end of the 1940s, Moreschi & Figli had 150 workers and was the third largest employer in Castelfidardo. As the 1960s came the company began to diversify, producing electronic accordions as well as electric guitars. In the 1970s, however, a crisis hit the accordion industry and Moreschi was one of the many companys that closed down. The brand was revived in 1978 by Giuseppe's nephew Mario Moreschi. In 1995 Mario established the Pasco Italia accordion company following the merger of E. Soprani and Moreschi.

Source: Moreschi website (22 June 2018)


Moollon Musical Instruments is a Korean company that makes boutique guitar & bass effects as well guitars and basses. Moollon was founded in 2002 by Young Joon Park and CG Ji, guitar builders who studied sculpture at the same art school in the 1980s. Their first product was the Moollon Overdrive pedal soon followed by a few custom guitars. Moollon pedals often have metal cases etched with designs from traditional Korean art.  By 2010 they had a workforce of 5.

Source: Moollon website (19 June 2018)

Source: Guitar Jar Moollom interview (2010)

Ibanez RS924

Ibanez RS924 bass guitar

The Ibanez RS924 was a Roadster Series bass introduced around 1981. The RS924 had an ash body with three-piece maple neck & fretboard. The pickups were Ibanez Super P4, Super J4 and controls were volume, passive tone, active bass & treble cut & boost with a two way switch for active/passive circuit, three way pickup selection switch.

Source: Ibanez 1981 catalog

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