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Pamelina

Pamelina H. is an artist who specialises in painting guitars. She started out as a comic book artist in her teens and was a professional illustrator by the age of 17. She began painting guitars in the 1980s for a guitar shop near San Francisco, this led to work with many well known rock bands. She started working with the Fender Custom Shop in 1989 - an ongoing collaboration which produced the Hendrix Strat, the Harley Strat, the Marilyn Monroe Strat amongst others.

Pittman

Pittman guitars were made by Paul Slagle in California. Pittman guitars were usually Telecaster style electrics, but there were some Strat style ones and basses. Slagle had been responsible for finishing guitars for Asher Guitars, Echopark Guitars, Iconic Custom Guitars, Trussart, Modulus and Tyler Guitars. In addition to guitar making Slagle was also an experienced audio engineer specializing in live music mixing. Paul Slagle passed away in 2020 after a long battle with leukaemia.

Musi

MUSI is an affordable electric guitar brand - available via Amazon circa 2022. They come with stainless steel frets as standard. The range includes the Virgo, Capricorn and Classic models.

TEN32

TEN32 electric guitars are made in Denver, Colorado by Chaz Ginest. The brand launched in 2022 with 5 body models, 3 contour options per model, a component shelf option for each series, 3 different pickup configurations, 4 different neck scale lengths, 4 different bridges and 3 different headstocks. There are a large number of potential variations - but this is manageable because Ginest uses an automated modular approach & parts are interchangeable between models. Each guitar comes will a special TEN32 travel case - you can take the guitar apart (un-bolt the neck and even the headstock) and all the components and tools fit neatly into a compact backpack perfect for traveling with your guitar.

Source: TEN32 guitars website (11 September 2022)

3Bender

3Bender electric guitars use special 3Bender hardware that enables the player to bend 3 strings simultaneously. This allows you to simulate pedal steel guitar chords and licks. Setup as standard, the B string bends to C#, the G string bends to G# and the A string bends to B simultaneously. All the early models appear to be Telecaster style but other styles seem to be available as custom options. 3Bender was founded by Wade in 2018. The 3Bender concept was inspired by Bob Stafford's 'Stafford Bender' - Wade befriended Bob Stafford and bought the 'Stafford Bender' tooling from him before starting 3Bender.

Source: 3Bender Guitars website (23 September 2022)

God City Instruments

Kurt Ballou founded God City Instruments (GCI) in 2011. Ballou  is the owner of God City Recording Studio owner as well as the guitarist for Converge. He started off making guitars and snare drums for himself and his friends but it took until 2016 for the first commercial GCI product release. This was the Brutalist Jr. DIY PCB distortion pedal- initially designed as a business card for the studio. This was a huge success and spurred Kurt on to design more effects pedals including the SBD Fuzz, the Medicine Boost and the Riffchild. Small runs of the pedals were made in the studio basement and sold online via the GCI Reverb shop. The full scale commercial launch of GCI was in 2019 and now the product range includes guitars, basses, effects and you can still get the DIY effects PCBs that started it all.

Source: God City Instruments website (23 September 2022)

Josh Williams

Josh Williams studied luthiery at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery where he learned to make acoustic and electric guitars. He then worked at The Blue Guitar in San Diego, doing guitar repairs. He apprenticed with master luthier Yuris Zeltins, an expert in French polishing and construction of classical and flamenco guitars.  Williams started his own company and now makes acoustic and electric guitars in Fallbrook, California with the help of a small team.

Source: Josh Williams Guitars website (28 August 2022)

Sims

Sims is one of the best known UK guitar custom shops. The origins of SimS Custom Shop began in 1992 when Martin Sims found it difficult to see the side edge markers whilst playing his bass under stage lighting.  So he went to the London Bass Centre to buy some LEDs he had seen on a Warwick. Unfortunately, he learnt that you had to buy the Warwick bass and order it with the LEDs.  Martin developed a method of retrofitting his bass with side edge LEDs without disturbing the fingerboard or frets.

Mutant Guitar Works

Mutant Guitar Works instruments are made in Devon by Andy Blackmore. Mutant Guitars have colorful graphic finishes - initially Blackmore refinished guitars by other makers but since 2022 he also does complete builds.

Source: Mutant Guitar Works Facebook page (28 August 2022)

MB Guitars (UK)

M.B. Guitars was established in 2020 by Mike Bowes. Mike had previously worked at Sims Custom / Enfield Guitars since 2008, where he gained experience in repairs, refinishing and set-ups. Working on vintage guitars led to an interest in 1950s and 1960s Fender guitars. At M.B. Guitars, Mike makes handmade vintage correct replicas of these original Pre CBS Fenders. To ensure the authentic look and sound he builds using the original processes, and carefully sources the best components and parts.

Source: M.B. Guitars website (28 August 2022)

Melophonics

MeloPhonic's electric guitars and lap-steels are made by Matthieu Humbert in Le Mans, France.  Humbert is a self taught luthier who specialises in electrified reproductions of the famous Hawaiian lap steels but also offers a range of retro-modern electric guitars including the Stratoliner, Streamliner and Zephyr.

Source: MeloPhonic's website (28 August 2022)

Ben Wasser

Ben Wasser guitars are made by Benjamin Wasservogel of La Grange Guitars. Ben was born in Paris and grew up in a small village in the south of France. He left a career as a lawyer in the 1990s to start an internet company eventually relocating to Israel. There he studied luthiery in Tel Aviv with Jacob Algrenati in 2010. After four years he was happy enough with his guitar making skills to launch the La Grange guitars brand. In 2022 he decided to launch the Ben Wasser brand name with the creation of an instrument that would best reflect his new vision and skills acquired over the years. And so, the new model – The Shaft – was born. Ben still makes his Wheel and Grand Wheel models as part of the  “La Grange Series”.

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