Defunct Guitar Brands You'd Like to See Back

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I had a '53 like that, mine was ratty but killer.
     
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  2. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  4. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Ha, yes ! I even didn't knew this... The Provocateur model is nice, the Masquerader is more quelconque - They should reissue it in that famous translucent Green Burst :

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    I only saw one in my life, along a Modulator bass in the same finish. It was in the very early 80s... How classy and gorgeous they were ! :cool::cool::cool:

    I never saw any Wandrè in real, and yes, Eastwood has made Wandrè inspired guitars - even in LH ! - but the most interesting and unseen - the Luna, the Rock Oval, the Scarabeo, the BB, the Tigre, etc... - are not reissued. Maybe one day, when everybody will be fed up with Fender, Gibson and Co - but NOT Gretsch, OK ? :D

    A+!
     
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  5. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  7. Cassotto

    Cassotto Gretschie

    Age:
    45
    254
    Jun 16, 2019
    Spain
    I don't know much about this, but if all DeArmond guitars were as good as I think my T-400 is, it's a brand that should be resurrected.

    (Mine is exactly like this, but with white pickups, which -apparently- are less common, especially with this rounded pickguard instead of a serrated one.)

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  8. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    They did sorta, even better by my friend TK Smith :
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  9. Markkkky

    Markkkky Gretschie

    110
    Aug 26, 2017
    Cincinnati
    Valco, National, Harmony, etc
     
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  10. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Winnipeg
    Yeah, like many in this thread, there are lots of brands I would like to see get back to what they were.

    A few high-end Gibson made Epiphones.

    Some American made Peaveys. I would like them to create a pedal version of the phaser circuit from the VTX series amps, they could do a whole line of “saturation” distortions and effects. They should never have stopped making speakers. The thing about Peavey is the people who liked them liked them a lot. Trying to expand and chase other markets seemed to undo them.

    That one glorious moment Traynor reissued a hand-wired YBA-1 and YGM-3.

    Why are there no Custom Shop Fender amps? I mean, ones like the Custom Shop guitars? Hey build me a 1x15 5F6 with blue tweed and a pulsing red faceplate!

    Marshall stop f-ing around and build the amps people want to buy.

    I see I’m old now.
     
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  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    I'm with you, @Hammerhands ! ;)

    A+!
     
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  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I'm from South Bend. My Dad (as well as grandfathers, uncles, and aunts) worked at Studebaker. I worked PT in the parts house in high school after the plant shut down, and worked in the plant for a different company before I went into the service. We all carried UAW Local 5 cards. I had a '59 wagon (Bluesmobile---ex-St. Joe County K9 car) and a '63 GT Hawk. There's nothing left of the Stude factory, or of the Oliver tractor plant across the street. The city lost 1/3 of it's residents and went spiraling down after that. Gotta love the Rust Belt!
     
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    70
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Ex Gibson disgruntled employees. Definitely NOT Gibson. Still in the same building, tho.
     
  14. GOOBALL JEFF

    GOOBALL JEFF Gretschie

    Age:
    39
    285
    Oct 1, 2019
    london
    univox hi fliers, i have owned three of them and although once upon a time they would have been the cheapest of the cheap they actually play and sound amazing! i think my first univox hi flier was the best playing guitar i have ever known, i don't like the eastwood copies though. i had these three exact models hiflier-2.jpg UNIVOX_GUITAR_hi-flier_phase3.jpg UNIVOX_Hi-flier_(phase_3).jpg
     
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  15. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
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  16. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Age:
    66
    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Make them every day. Great amps
     
  17. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    I hope you can see the pictures. Bartolini was a good italian guitar and harmonica brand in the early 60's. Hubert Sumlin (mighty guitarist for Howlin Wolf played a Bartolini)
    P.S. Sumlin was one of the few bluesmen who played a Gretsch hollowbody too ;)...
     
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  18. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    633
    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, it's a sad story. Now if Fender had bought 'em they'd still around and you'd have 17 different versions of a Hawk - The Drivers Edition, The '58 Reissue, The Vintage Edition, The Modern Drivers Edition ... LoL!

    More on topic, how 'bout Sunn Amplifiers? They were beasts back in the day and a Portland company to boot - founded by a couple guys from the Kingsmen that needed louder amps to bash out Louie, Louie.

    And then there's Dan Armstrong guitars. There was a brief revival of those first in late 90's and again in the mid-00's iirc. Time to do it again!
     
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  19. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Vintage Italian guitars are Funky : Welson, Galanti, Gemelli, Masetti, Eko, Wandrè, etc... Too bad Italians made so very few Lefties in the 60s ! :(

    A+!
     
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