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The Milton brand name was introduced in 2013 by a UK guitar enthusiast "China Guitar Sceptic" - who runs a youtube channel reviewing Chinese guitars. Like Chapman Guitars - Milton Guitars were made in collaboration with the public who couold send in their suggestions for guitar designs.

There was also a handmade Milton acoustic guitar brand in Australia - which had nothing to do with the Chinese made Milton electric guitars.

Source: Milton guitars website (1 June 2018)

Lady Luck

Lady Luck was a brand name of Lady Luck Industries of Cary, IL, a musical instrument distributor founded by Terresa Ann Miller (1949 - 2017). Miller was previously an import manager for a musical instrument manufacturer who went on to start her own company in the 1980s. She designed guitars and basses which were made in Korea for distribution in the US. They sold for around $100 to $300 and were available from 1986 to 1990. As well as Lady Luck and Nouveau brand guitars, Lady Luck Industries also distributed Adder Plus pickups and EV Star Cables.

Source: Terresa Ann Miller obitutary (2017)


Leonardo Michelin-Salomon studied guitar making at the National School of Arts and Crafts in Uruguay, under the tuition of Juan Carlos Alves. He graduated in 1999 and moved to Norway in 2002. He opened his first workshop in Oslo in 2005 together with Simen Omang. After a brief return to Uruguay, Michelin-Salomon moved to Hamar in 2013 where he is currently based. Michelin-Salomon offers classical, electric and bass guitars as well as lutherie courses for beginners and advanced students.

Source: Leonardo Michelin-Salomon website (20 May 2018)


Migma is a musical instrument makers cooperative based in Markneukirchen who have been selling bowed, fretted instruments, and wind instruments (plus accessories and components) since 1943. It became part of the Musima corporation under East German communist rule -  although many of its instrument makers continued to work from their own small workshops. Although Musima was closed in the 1990s, Migma is still operates as a collective of Markneukirchen instrument makers.

Source: Migma catalog 1956

Source: Migma website (18 May 2018)


Musicraft was a San Francisco company established around 1967 by Bert Casey (President) and Arnold Curtis (Senior Vice-President). They introduced the Messenger range of guitars and amplifiers,  built around a patented aluminum chassis. This aluminum chassis was tuned to resonate at 440Hz and extended throughout the guitar's length - allowing a thin fast playing neck. The fingerboard was located outside the sound chamber for unobstructed access to all frets. The Messenger had electronics equipped for both mono and stereo signals and the bass and treble signals could be amplified separately. Finish options included yellow, red, black and sunburst and there was also a 12-string and a fretless bass model.

Source: Musicraft Creates New Guitar Neck. Billboard. 13 May, 1967. Page 62.

Source: Musicraft Messenger catalog 1967


Tempo was a brand name of Merson of New York City, who advertised the first Tempo archtop electric guitar in 1948 with a matching Tempo amplifier. Merson was taken over by (or merged with) Unicord in the 1960s but continued to distribute Tempo guitars, amplifiers and other instruments including ukuleles and banjos. The Tempo brand appears to have been discontinued by 1975.

Source: Tempo catalog 1964

Source: Univox et al Merson/Unicord. Michael Wright. Vintage Guitar Magazine


The Unicord company was a transformer manufacturer that bought the Amplifier Corporation of America in Westbury, New York in the early 1960s and began selling Univox branded tube amplifiers. Unicord was itself bought by Gulf + Western Oil Company in 1967 and around that time merged with Merson - (a distributor of guitars and amplifiers under the Tempo brand name) and became Merson Musical Products. In 1975 Merson & Unicord split and the Unicord name appears again in the 1976 Univox catalog. The Univox brand name was discontinued in 1978 and replaced by the Westbury brand for guitars and Stage for amplifiers. Unicord was bought by Korg in 1985.


Melody Guitars was founded in 1961 in Potenza Picena near Recanati in Italy. The early 1960s Melody guitars were similar to the  Crucianelli, Welson and Bartolini instruments of the era - but they didn't use a zero-fret  like those other makers. From 1965 to 1972 Eko took a major stake in Melody and during that period the company made Eko branded instruments. From 1972 until its final demise in 1988 Melody once again made their own branded instruments.

Source: Fetish Guitars - Melody (31 March 2018)

MD (MM-Produce)

MD Guitars is a brand name of Japanese musical instrument distributor Quest International Limited.  MD electric guitars were launched in 1997 with the affordable “Metal Driver” range. The founder of Quest International is Toshi Owa, previously R&D manager at Matsumoku before its closure in 1987 and this experience is used in the design of MD guitars.  MD was later relaunched by Quest as a higher end brand with the “MD MM-Produce” range. 2013 saw the launch of the “Blue Label series”.

Source: MD Guitars website (27 March 2018)

MB Guitars

MB guitars and basses were made in the early 1980s by Christian Müller & Roland Bauer  in Landau, Germany. MB designs were innovative and made in small numbers.


Maya was a Japanese made electric, acoustic and bass guitar brand. There were also Maja mandolins and banjos and the brand was active from the 1970s to 1980s. Trademark records show that the Maya brand name was owned by guitar wholesaler Rokkomann Inc of Kobe from 1976 to 1997 (who also own the Asturias brand), but it is unclear which factory made these guitars for Rokkomann.

Source: Maya catalogs 1970s to 1980

Source: Rokkomann Inc website (1 March 2018)


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