Rigel mandolins are made by Pete Langdell in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Landell started making mandolins in the 1960s. He refined his designs over 20 years before starting the Rigel concept in the late 1980s. His idea was to carve the back and sides of the mandolin out of a solid block of wood using a milling machine, instead of the conventional method bending thin pieces of wood for the sides. The first prototypes were made in 1990 and Landell was soon promoting his new instruments at music festivals. Working with a team of craftsman and repair technicians, Rigel Instruments expanded through the rest of the 90s, eventually outgrowing their Cambridge, Vermont facilities to a large building in 2004.
Dave Reimer makes instruments by hand in Vancouver, Canada. Reimer took apart and refinished his first electric bass at age 13, and since then he has combined bass playing with building and repairing instruments.
Richwood is a brand name of The Musical Alliance, a Netherlands musical instrument distribution network. There is a full range of Richwood electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars as well as banjos. Made in China and typically sold in Europe.
PR Guitars has its roots in the A&P Richardson brand which was started in 1988 in the UK by Alan and Paul Richardson. At first profits were small and after two years Alan moved onto a better paying job - leaving Paul to run the business. Soon Richardson guitars were starting to be seen in the guitar magazines. In 1994 at the age of 25 Richardson made The Wildhearts logo guitar for Ginger which was seen on Top of the Pops TV show. Paul Richardson switched to using the "PR Guitars" brand and his guitars have been voted “best of British” by the Guitarist magazine and guitarist choice by the Guitarist magazine.
A & P Richardson was started in 1988 in the UK by Alan and Paul Richardson. At first profits were small and after two years Alan moved onto a better paying job - leaving Paul to run the business. Soon Richardson guitars were starting to be seen in the guitar magazines. In 1994 at the age of 25 Richardson made The Wildhearts logo guitar for Ginger which was seen on Top of the Pops TV show. Paul Richardson switched to using the "PR Guitars" brand and his guitars have been voted “best of British” by the Guitarist magazine and guitarist choice by the Guitarist magazine.
Ritz electric guitars were hand made in the USA. This short lived company was founded in 1988 with investment from Brad Becnel and Cliff Wildes, the creative involvement of Eric Galletta and his uncle Alejandro Soler and the manufacturing expertise of Wayne Charvel. Ritz focussed on 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. Neptune sea-shell finish guitars are still available from Eric Galletta.
Ricardo Sanchez was born and raised in Mexico City and began making guitars in 2011. He has been a full time luthier since 2015 and he specialises in Fender style electric guitars. He currently (circa 2019) lives in Nashville, TN.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Yamaha RBX-200 bass was made from the late 1980s to early 1990s. It was also available fretless as the RBX-200F model. Very similar to the RBX-300 model - the only difference was a gloss finish on the neck and the low mass bridge.