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Hofner Club Series

The Hofner Clubs were Hofner's answer to the Gibson Les Pauls from the mid 1950s and to 1970. At the time import restrictions for USA guitars meant these Hofners were used by budding British guitar heros instead of Gibsons. Initially there were three club models; the Club 40 with a single pickup the two pickup Club 50 and the Club 60 with its elaborate appointments inclusing flamed timbers, ebony fingerboard, and fancy inlays.

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Hofner Club 60

Hofner Club 60 electric guitar

THe Hofner Club 60 was introduced in 1958 and followed the Club 40 & 50 - but was much fancier than those models. The Club 60 had pearl inlays, ebony fingerboard, bound headstock and flamed woods. The body was semi-acoustic with a fully vaulted back. Available in Blonde (model 425) or Brunette (model 442) the Club 60 was fitted with Hofner's double flick action control console and two Hofner super response double pole pickups.

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Balaguer was established by Joe Balaguer who graduated luthiery school in 2009. The Balaguer Production Series guitars are designed and engineered in Pennsylvania, USA and are built in partnership with a team of 15 experienced luthiers in South Korea. Balaguer Semi-Custom Series guitars are built within that same South Korean shop, but only by the 4 head luthiers. Balaguer USA Custom models are machined/built, painted, and assembled in the United States from start to finish.

Source: Balaguer Guitars website (23 September 2017)


Danny Hines Custom Guitars was established in 2007 as a supplier of custom aged guitars (typically Fender style), bodies, necks and parts.

Source: Danny Hines Custom Guitars website


Pete Hilton started making basses in the 1990s. At first he worked by trial and error before joining Carl Thompson in New York as an apprentice. After a couple of years working with Carl Hilton set up on his own. Now based in Los Angeles, he offers a range of 4 to 6 string basses as well as guitars.

Source: Hilton Guitars website


Momose Custom Craft Guitars is a Deviser brand name used for high quality hand made electric guitars and basses. Momose Custom Craft Guitars are handmade by a small team of craftsmen trained and overseen by Yoshio Momose, one of Japan's top guitar makers. Yoshio Momose launched the Headway brand back in 1977 as a high-end acoustic brand for the Japanese domestic market. He also invented various jigs for guitar making and has been engaged in OEM production for various high-end guitar makers in Japan for many years. Momose guitars are made at the Asuka factory in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture.

Source: Momose Custom Craft Guitars website


Graham High came from  a family of wood workers and went on to train as a luthier. He worked at Lasido in Quebec setting up Godin, Seagull, Norman and Simon Patrick Luthier guitars. He learned his craft next to David Freeman of Timeless Instruments in Tuskage, Saskatchewan and Joe Kovacic of Lado Luthery School in Lindsay, Ontario. He established his own company and makes custom electric and acoustic guitars and mandolins in his workshop in Niagara Falls, Ontario .


Belgian Hilko Nackaerts studied luthiery at ILSA in 1994 before starting work as a guitar tech. He ended up touring internationally with K’s Choice, Axelle Red, Fishbone, Night of the Proms, Chris Rea, The Blue Nile, Simple Minds and Nile Rodgers. Hilko Guitars was established in 2004.
The first Hilko model, was the ‘HC’, a hollowbody Tele style guitar with an acoustic guitar body and bent sides. This model was used by Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds. Since then Nackaerts has been making guitars for a various pro guitarists while also touring for several months each year as a guitar tech.

Source: Hilko Guitars facebook page


Herrnsdorf was a German musical instrument distributer founded in 1865. Following World War II the company found itself in East Germany. In 1950s to 1960s Herrnsdorf sold archtop and solid-body electric guitars as well as lap steels - typically East German made (e.g Meinel and Herold). In 1972 Herrnsdorf was absorbed into the Musima company.

Source: Jazz Guitarren - Herrnsdorf

Meinel & Herold

Meinel & Herold was a German musical instrument maker in Klingenthal, Saxony from 1893 until 1973. Both the Meinel and Herold families were active in violin making in Klingenthal from the 1700s.


GJ Guitars is run by Graeme who has been making electric guitars since 1980. Since then he has experimented with different woods and styles and has even started winding his own custom pickups. GJ endorsees include Baz Warne from The Stranglers, who uses a GJ custom designed neck and bridge pickup in his stage Telecasters.

Source: GJ Guitars website


Heman guitars are designed by Graham & Paris Henman (from around 2010 onwards). The Hemans moved from England to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. The production of Henman guitars is overseen by Rick Turner, each one is hand built to order

Source: Henman Guitars website


Charles Hendy is a Yorkshire & London based luthier who has been making guitars & pickups since the 1980s. He originally, started selling guitars as a bet with a guitar journalist to debunk the principal that expensive guitars are the best...and concluded that they're not! His standard guitars sell for below £500 GBP, even custom guitars sell for around £700 GBP!

Source: Charles Hendy youtube channel


Oliver Baron makes high quality electric guitars in a one-man workshop in Muenster, Germany. Baron typically makes around 20 per year taking care to combine the look and feel of classic instruments with unsurpassed playability and ergonomics.

Source: Helliver website


Hendrick guitars was founded by Kurt Hendrick. Hendrick had studied at the Roberto Venn School of luthiery but left early to work as an instrument repairer in the early 1980s in Tennessee and Houston. In 1982 Hendrick made guitars for Billy Gibbons and Willie Nelson, while still working his day job as a repairer in Houston. In 1983 Hendrick moved to Ohio and attempted to start mass production of his own guitars but was unsuccessful initially. He then contracted out production to a group of guitar makers in Kalamazoo (who would later form the Heritage company). Although there was positive publicity at the time Hendrick's inexperience in the business side of things meant that the company never really got going properly and only around 100 guitars were made.

Source: Hendrick catalog 1984

Source: Vintage Guitar Magazine. Kurt Hendrick History of the Mystery. By Willie G. Moseley


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