Some of you might not be all that familiar with Seagull, nevertheless they have an almost cult-like following where devotees of the brand name do not like it, they love it!
Seagull hails from La Patrie, Quebec in Canada, where more than 200 of the 750 population are stated to be associated with making guitars – a few of you will recognize the town name as another highly concerned guitar brand name – LaPatrie, which is also owned by Seagull’s parent business Godin Guitars. In fact, Seagull was founded in 1982 by Robert Godin.
The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd. was founded by Orville Gibson in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Michigan when he generated a consortium of financiers to finance expansion to keep up with need. Orville had actually been offering his hand made instruments since 1894 and was awarded a patent for his one-piece designed mandolin in 1898. He also invented Archtop Guitars around that same time by applying comparable lutherie strategies to those used on violins.
C.F. Martin & Company was established in New york city City in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, a man born when George Washington was still President, and who is reputed to have developed the very first acoustic guitar in the U.S.A..
It is rare for any brand name, let alone an entire business, to remain in organisation this long and their durability speaks volumes to the extraordinary quality of their instruments. Although they did mess around in electrical guitars and basses for a short time, today the business is committed to making the finest acoustic guitars possible just as they were over 180 years back.
For a very long time Yamaha were considered as among the finest manufacturers of trainee guitars but their reputation didn’t go far beyond that. And it’s real that they make excellent guitars for newbies, I am one of the numerous who initially learned to play on their trainee nylon string C40. BTW I’m one of those guitar players who thoroughly suggest at first finding out to play on a nylon string guitar.
Over the last years or so, Yamaha have ended up being a widely regarded brand name for all sort of guitars, and in addition to their lots of student friendly nylon and steel string acoustics, they also make some very highly ranked acoustic guitars such as the Yamaha AC3R (visualized).
Since Epiphone has been owned by Gibson since 1957 you could be forgiven for believing that this is the brand name that merely makes alternative and cheaper variations of Gibson guitars. They do that, in addition to making a few of their own guitars, however their history runs deeper than that.
They started as an independent musical instrument company in 1873, in part of the Ottoman Empire which is now part of modern day Turkey, making stringed instruments such as lutes and fiddles – they relocated to the United States in 1903. The founder’s eldest kid, Epaminondas Stathopoulos took over the company after his father passed away and later relabelled business to Epiphone Banjo Company in 1928 to rebrand the company and emphasize the fact theat they had actually changed to making more popular stringed instruments – the exact same year they initially started making guitars. The name originates from ‘Epi’ which was Epaminondas’ label, and the Greek word ‘phone’ meaning noise.
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