Defunct Guitar Brands You'd Like to See Back

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

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The D-Angelico thread got me thinking about which other former brands out there would I like to see come back.

    Reverb has an article about how the process works:

    Phillip McKnight has a You Tube about 20 brands that are gone.

    Any brands you'd like to see again?
  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  3. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Traynor - are they still making amps? Every one I've played through sounded great. But they're difficult to find.

    As for his comment on Sigma - I've never played one that sounded decent.
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  4. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
  5. Moleng1

    Moleng1 Synchromatic

    Jul 5, 2014
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    Traynor is a Canadian company and they make great amps!! There are lots for sale up here at this country's biggest retailer.
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Dobro. Not the budget stuff Gibson's pushing out but real, nice stuff worthy of the name.
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  7. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Bigsby. Not the vibrato. The guitars.

  8. southpaw185

    southpaw185 Electromatic

    Jul 13, 2017
    San Diego
    Does Epiphone count?

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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Harder to find South of the Border.

    Don't see 'em often on this side of the pond.


    There are a lot of companies making gear using defunct companies names. Danelectros, Supro, and others are just copying old trademarks. I'm not saying their products are bad, but just not the same. They're only using the cachet of the originals' names and profiting on the past glories of someone else. At least Gretsch is still in the original family.
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  10. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    Mar 12, 2012
    How about these....(one of those guitars I should never have sold, BTW)...

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  11. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Travis Bean?
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  13. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I think Epi is doing fine. Maybe a real custom shop in Korea that makes stuff like that would be cool. Really no factory built instruments are made like Epi's from that period, those are some of the best guitars ever.
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  14. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I was thinking the same thing. My influence is Jerry Garcia of course.
  15. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Dunno. I can't imagine how much better it could be than my Elitist Casino made in the Terada plant. It's a work of art, and an Epiphone. I have several Epis that a little bit more work turned into fully professional guitars equal to their Gibson counterparts.

    My ES-335 didn't even need new pickups as the Epi ProBuckers are very good - like BT Filtertrons. My luthier plek'd it and set it up ($250) and it plays like a very good Gibson. Although not quite the equal of Robbie's exquisite old ES-355, it is still excellent and a LOT cheaper. Everything on it is professional quality and I would have no hesitation in touring with it.
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  16. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    That goes for tubes too - reissue Tung Sol, Mullard etc.
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  17. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    I once read that Pete Traynor used to play in bands with a teenaged Robbie Robertson. Robbie mentioned him in an interview and said that he went on to start the Traynor amp company, "which in Canada is like Fender." That may have been overstating things, but we do see a lot of Traynor amps up here.
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  18. NWBriggs

    NWBriggs Electromatic

    Aug 23, 2019
    Montague, MI
    DE3096C1-8A13-4169-BF83-1ECF30325C25.jpeg I have a 1974 Traynor. Great amp, but I don’t get to play it often as it is pretty loud
  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Some of those companies have been out of business for decades.
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