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Baum Guitars is a Danish company making handcrafted top quality guitars. It was established by Morten Bau (born 1974) - who made his first guitar in 1989 before going to train in illustration and design. While working as a designer and art director he also made guitars in his spare time. In 2015 he founded Baum Guitars, the first designs laid the foundation for the Baum Leaper model. In 2016 Baum developed their own Goldsound pickups in collaboration Danish pickup manufacturer Søren Lücking.

Source: Baum Guitars website (8 July 2020)

Lewis Guitar Works

Lewis Guitar Works was established by Pete Lewis in 2013. Lewis attended the Totnes School of Guitar Making completing 3 courses where he learned the finer points in creating solidbody guitars, basses and archtop instruments. As well as working closely with many local musicians, Pete’s skills and bespoke guitars have also been used by artists such as Kula Shaker, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Inglorious. Pete’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and in Guitarist Magazine. And some of his vintage guitars have form the subject of a ‘That Pedal Show’ vintage special.

Source: Lewis Guitar Works website (3 July 2020)


Sandberg Guitars is a German guitar and bass maker was founded in 1986 by Holger Stonjek and Gerd Gorzelke. At the time Holger Stonjek was training as a piano maker at the Wilhelm Schimmel Piano makers in Braunschweig . The Sandberg company got its name from its first workshop address at Am Sandberg in Ehmen. Sandberg is best known for its electric basses but since 2010 they have also been making electric guitars.

Source: Sandberg Guitars website (3 July 2020)


Teye guitars are made by Teije Wijnterp, Wijnterp was born in the Netherlands and worked as a professional guitarist before his guitar making career. Teye guitars are highly decorated and often feature etched metal plates as used by Tony Zemaitis. The guitars were originally made in Austin, Texas but the factory has since moved to Nashville.

Source: Teye Guitars website (1 July 2020)

Schmidt Co.

Schmidt Co. Guitars was established by Michael Schmidt in Allendale, Michigan: he began working on the first Portland bass in 2017 and then the Gentoo electric guitar in 2018. In 2018 he was joined by Nathan Timmer who became a partner in Schmidt Co. taking responsibility for sales and marketing and helping with electronics and setups. Rachel, Michael's wife also joined the team doing paint and finishing.

Source: Schmidt Co. website (22 June 2020)


Searls guitars were hand made in Ballarat, Australia by Allan Searls. Searls made his first guitar in 1991 while still at school, a bolt on flying V with a donor neck and parts from a Strat copy.  Over the following years he worked on his own guitars as well as having friends bring their own guitars for repairs and upgrades, but he always wanted to learn how to build properly. The push came when he wanted a variation of an existing guitar made and was told by the company sales rep it would cost in excess of $15k for such an instrument. That was the incentive he needed and started the long journey of building for himself.: learning from every luthier that would share their secrets, reading books and copying his favourite guitars followed by lots of trial and error. Searls Guitars grew into one of the largest boutique guitar building workshops in Australia, but in 2019 Searls had to make the difficult decision to stop building guitars.

Portland Guitar

Portland Guitar specializes in fine handmade acoustic and acoustic electric guitars. It is a father-son operation comprised of Jay and Max Dickinson. Jay makes the guitars while Max runs operations. Jay is a lifelong mechanical engineer and wood worker who has been making guitars full time since 2005. Portland Guitar are focused on bringing playability, musicality and longevity to thier instruments. Their guitars feature innovations and inventions such as a split saddle nut is used to improve intonation and an easily adjustable cantilever neck which allows for the action to be changed. Unique art is used inside and for the purfling. Check out what they have to offer. 

Source: Portland Guitar website (18 June 2020)


Maximiliano Salcedo established Salcedo Guitarworks in 2006 in Villa Constitución, Santa Fe, Argentina. Salcedo learned to make guitars initially with Ivan Blascovich of Rosario city. He finished his training by himself using text books and information from the internet. He started by making copies of the designs of well known brands but now makes his own designs.

Source: Salcedo Guitarworks website (19 June 2020)


Supersound Electronic Products was established by Alan and Mary Wootton in 1952 in Erith, UK. Initially started as a part time venture, they made amplifiers in their garage at home. After they moved to Hawley Grange, Dartford, Alan packed in his day job with Jennings Electronics Industries and worked full time for Supersound custom making record players, radiograms and amplifiers. He was also joined by Ron Hopkins, Dave Pankhurst and Bob Kilgour from Jennings.


Shiro acoustic and electric guitars were made in Japan by Aria in the 1970s to 1980s. The range also included banjos and mandolins. The brand is named after Shiro Arai the founder of Aria Guitars (Arai & Co., Inc).


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