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Lucas Caracik is a Brazilian luthier born in the city of São Paulo. He is also an urban architect who trained at the University of São Paulo (USP). Caracik designs and builds his guitars by hand, mostly using hand tools in his small workshop in a historic townhouse in São Paulo. In his own words: "I am a craftsman who makes extended range and multiscale guitars by hand with a post modern / contemporary design." Lucas also teaches luthiery and instrument maintenance courses.

Source: Caracik Guitars website (28 January 2020)

Roman & Lipman

Roman & Lipman was a brand name briefly used by Ed Roman and Barry Lipman in the early 1980s. Roman was the designer and Lipman the luthier and they were based in Danbury, Connecticut at the East Coast Music Mall.

Source: Roman & Lipman bass ad on Reverb.com


Matteo Caminada is an Italian luthier, born in 1978. He began playing the guitar and age 17 and immediately started to customize his own instruments. He then started to customize his friends guitars and began to build guitars gradually developing insights into various techniques with a lot of practice. Finally he was able to pursue a career as a maker of custom electric & acoustic guitars and basses.

Camden Harbor

Camden Harbor Custom Guitars is located on Maine’s Midcoast in the coastal town of Camden. The business is owned by Thaddeus Chilton who makes Tele-style electric guitars made from reclaimed old-growth King’s Pine timber frame and other Maine tonewoods – Red Spruce, Ash, and Rock Maple. While the workshop is not open to the public, if you get in touch they can schedule a demo session for anyone interested in checking out their guitars.

Source: Camden Harbor Guitars website (28 January 2020)

Calmon (Benjamin)

Benjamin Calmon was originally a bass player who began making instruments as a teenager. He makes his own standard ranges of basses and guitars (these start at around €1500) but also creates custom models to your own specification (starting around €1800). Calmon is based in South West France and attaches particular importance to working with local timber suppliers (walnut, alder from Aveyron, Vosges maple) to limit the use of exotic woods such as mahogany in his instruments.

Source: Calmon Benjamin website (28 January 2020).



Rokkomann is a Japanese musical instrument distributor. Rokkomann brands include Maya and Asturias. Rokkomann was founded in 1962 and has its head office in Kobe as well as a Tokyo Sales Office and the Asturias Guitar Factory in Kyushu and a Korean Factory (Super Light Case Co., Ltd.).

Source: Rokkomann website (27 January 2020)


Canex Music was established in the early 2000s as a Chinese musical instrument company for student level instruments offering, including Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Guitars, Violins, etc and accessories.

Bad Seed

Sheldon Currington has a background in building racing cars and applied his knowledge in metal fabrication to making metal-bodied semi hollow guitars - making his first prototype in 2010. This prototype ended up being played by James Hetfield and led to an order for 2 custom guitars from the Metallica frontman. Currington's guitar company is called Bad Seed and his guitars have some unique features. They are all made with a semi-hollow metal body, made of Titanium or Aircraft Grade Steel and all have a wooden neck-through neck (see patent link below). The end result is guitars with a wooden tone, but with a brilliant attack and note definition. The Bad Seed range includes semi-hollow electric guitars, basses & resonator guitars.

Source: Bad Seed Guitars website (27 January 2020)

Source: Bad Seed NZ through neck patent 603274


Juuso & Otto Lindberg established Asgard Guitars in 2014 after they graduated from the IKATA (Ikaalinen College of Crafts and Design) luthier training program in Finland. In the following years of running the business they have developed as luthiers and as a company.  Asgard offer their own range of acoustic and electric guitars as well as custom instruments.


Amnesia Guitars is a workshop of luthiery in Savona, Italy, fully managed by the luthier Carlo Carbone.
Amnesia offers two mains services: Guitar / Bass repair and maintenance, and Guitar / Bass building.


Agape electric guitars are made by Rich Chaffins in West Virginia. Circa 2020 prices for existing Agape models start at $1900, and go up depending on exotic woods, custom shapes, higher end hardware, etc. Complete custom builds start at $3000.


Ronald L. Bracken is the founder of Bracken Guitars. He describes why he founded the company:

"After studying the guitar industry as a whole, I saw a great need to modernize and revamp the old tired ways of doing things. I immediately recognized the demand for old-world craftsmanship and quality, the need for rare worldwide materials sourcing, and the leading innovations in manufacturing innovations . I feel very fortunate to have placed a great team together, bringing Bracken Guitars to fruition."

Bracken produces a range solid body, archtop and bass guitars.


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