Tim Reede worked as a custom cabinet maker before enrolling in the guitar building and repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Minnesota in 2004. He now makes custom archtop, acoustic and electric guitars as well as ukuleles & teaches guitar making at the Southeast Technical College.
Stradi is the brand name of Marek & Agnieszka Dąbek. Marek is Polish luthier, photographer and designer who founded the Stradi brand in 2002 to develop a range of electric upright basses, electric violins and bass guitars. Every instrument is hand made by Marek and Agnieszka and they build fewer than 20 instruments per year. The Dąbek's company is called Symphony Guitar Design.
Avishay (Avi) Shabat graduated from the Algranati Guitar Making School in Israel before moving to Los Angeles to apprentice for guitar repair shops and work for a boutique guitar company. Avi spent the next four years building handmade instruments, and founded a company of his own, Guitar Groomer, where he restored and repaired guitars and basses from his home workshop. In 2012, Avi expanded his repair business and began designing and building his own instruments, launching a new line of handmade electric guitars and basses—Shabat Guitars.
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.
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.
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.
Red Layer Guitars are made in Amsterdam by Jort Heijen. He founded his own guitar making workshop in 2015 after studying woodworking for 4 years while also attending internships at Adamovic Basses in Haarlem. His main model is an 8-string guitar inspired by an 8-string bass he helped build at Adamovic for Meshuggah bassist Dick Lövgren
Padalka guitars and basses are made by Simon Padalka in his one-man workshop in Krasnodar, Russia. The basic Padalka styles are: Superstrats, Headless Guitars, Ennea Bass, Headless Basses, Sun and Sun Bass but customers can choose from a range of headstock styles, woods , cavity covers and set-net or neck bolts.
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.
Blackbeard Guitars (Barbanera) was founded in Merate, Italy by Paolo Lardera. Lardera worked with Ruggero Ascione of Rash Guitars before eventually taking over the workshop at 48 via Statale. Blackbeard electric guitars are handmade - typically to a telecaster shape - but there are other options as well as bass guitars.
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.
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.
Ramsay Musical Instruments is a custom electric bass guitar company based in London, UK. The company was founded in 2013. All RMI basses are designed by the founder Mark Ramsay and made in a Southeast Asian factory using CNC milling and high-pressure lacquering technologies.