Alvarez Guitars was founded in 1965 in St. Louis Missouri and has since gone on to produce a wide range of high quality acoustic, acoustic electric, and classical guitars.
Some famous Alvarez players include:
Peavey Electronics was founded by Harley Peavey, who had built his first amplifier in his basement in the late 1950s. Since their beginnings in 1965 Peavey has grown from a small operation in Harley’s basement and is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and audio equipment. “Hartley Peavey dreamed of becoming a rock star,” wrote Inc.‘s Kasey Wehrum in a 2011 profle. “Though he lacked the chops to become the next Chuck Berry, his name has been etched into the pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll history.”
Although Vox had been in business since the 1940s, the company, then known as JMI, became legendary with the release of their AC-15 amplifier in 1958. It wasn’t long since the British Invasion brought the classic Vox tone to the attention of the U.S. music scene. In the years since Vox has continued to expand their range of amplifiers and musical instruments that have been heard on numerous classic albums.
Austin Guitars began over 20 years with ago with the objective of producing a line of guitars based on timeless shapes and tones, and offering them at an affordable price. Austin Guitars prides itself on not cutting corners, but using smart production techniques to deliver high quality instruments at a reasonable price across a wide range of instrument types. Austin is a market leader when it comes to value, whether you’re in the market for an acoustic, classical, electric or bass guitar.
Blackstar may be a new contender in the guitar amp scene, but they’ve already earned a loyal following, including some famous names like Richie Sombora, Pat Travers, Opeth and many more! The company was founded by a group of experienced amp designers, most having previously worked at Marshall, in the U.K. in 2009. The Blackstar team is proud that all of their founding directors are musicians, and together the four founders have amassed over 50 years in guitar amplification design and production.
Stuart Spector began by crafting bass guitars in a Brooklyn workshop in 1976, crafting high quality basses that soon took the music industry by storm. Spector bass guitars are known for their comfort, tonal variety, and quality workmanship. Spector Basses are the choice of scores of professional musicians, including:
…and countless others!
Since their beginnings in 1996 Line 6 is known as a pioneer in the digital amp arena, but also has released a wide range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars, as well as effects pedals and accessories. The Line 6 Spider series of amplifiers, as well as the POD guitar processor are ubiquitous pieces of gear in the homes of many guitarists, both new and veteran alike.
Some famous Line 6 players include:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
…and many, many more!
Hartke burst onto the scene in 1985 with a revolutionary new aluminum cone driver designed by Larry Hartke and Ron Lormon that changed the way we’d hear bass guitar forever. In the years since they’ve rolled out a complete line of gear for bassists both amateur and professional.
Drawing on years of electronics experience and player feedback Hartke has continued to innovate in the field of speakers and amplification, and has continued to be one of the most recognizable brands in the bass amplification world.
Ernie Ball began making guitar and bass strings in 1962 and has since become the leader in not only strings, but accessories as well. Legendary artists like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Slash, Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, and Jimmy Page all used Ernie Ball strings throughout their career.
Today Ernie Ball uses the latest technologies and finest materials to make their legendary strings. They also offer a wide variety of accessories such as effects pedals, straps, cables tools and just about anything a modern guitarist needs!
Tanglewood guitars was born in London, England in 1988. Although their acoustic bass guitars, ukuleles, banjos and other folk instruments are well regarded, Tanglewood’s primary focus is the acoustic guitar.
Tanglewood guitars are now the number one selling guitar in the UK, and are currently distributed to 60 countries around the world, finally having been made available in the U.S.A. in 2005.
Lâg Guitars is a French company founded by master luthier Michel Lâg-Chavarria in 1980. Today Lag is known for their high quality electric and acoustic guitars, all designed in a small shop in the South of France.
Recently Lâg guitars have gained prominence having been used by Phil Campbell of Motörhead and Charles Hedger of Cradle of Filth among many others world-wide.
The SIT (short for Stay in Tune) Strings company was founded in 1980 in Akron, Ohio with the goal of being a different kind of guitar string company. SIT prides themselves on innovation and the kind of outside of the box thinking that can revolutionize the industry.
35 years after their beginnings SIT still offers strings that utilize the highest quality materials to ensure organic tone, great feel and tuning stability.
Some of their famous fans include:
and many more!
D’addario is a family owned company based in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York and is primarily known for their musical instrument strings. Although they are primarly known for their strings, D’Addario also produces a variety of drum sticks, reeds and mouthpieces for woodwind instruments, and other accessories.
D’Addario was founded in 1974, but traces their history back to the small Italian town of Salle, where their family served as string makers dating back to at least the late 1600s. After emigrating to the U.S.A. Carmine and Rocco D’Addario first imported and sold strings from Italy, and later began making their own strings for sale.
Today the family still owns and operates the company, bringing their long family tradition of quality strings into the modern age.