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AGERONIA Chile, custom guitars made by Pablo Munoz in Santiago. ALEMAN LUTHIER Argentina, custom instruments made by Daniel Aleman. ALEXANDER LUTHIER Argentina, custom instruments made by Alejandro "Alexander" Baccaglioni in Buenos Aires. These active neckthrough basses are definitely influenced by Warwick designs and often feature a distinct half open headstock.

AG Argentina, standard instruments made by Aristedes Gracia in Buenos Aires. Large scale manufacturing ended in 1993. AG uses Korean parts made by Akkord (Hyup Seung Co.). AG basses are very much patterned after Warwick, Fender and Hfner designs.

http://www.alexanderguitars.com.ar/ ALFONSO ITURRA Standard/custom basses and guitars made by Alfonso Iturra. Basses are neck-through with laminated native woods, 34 scale, Aero or Rough Crystal pickups and active Noll or Aguilar electronics. Special feature is the construction of the upper cutaway in the singlecut design. Semiacoustic basses have piezo or Schertler Bluestick pickups. Iturra also makes EUBs. http://www.graciaguitar.com.ar/ AGE Argentina, standard guitars and basses made by Andres Garay . Models are Rick-style laminated neck-through basses.

http://www.ageluthier.com.ar

http://www.alfonsoiturra.com/

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AMATISTA BASSES Argentina, EUBs made by Etcheverry Horacio in Los Hornillos, Crdoba. Standard model features propriety piezo pickups and active electronics (4 band graphic EQ). Custom versions have an inlaid amethyst stone.

http://www.mauricioarcis.blogspot.com/ ARTE MARA Argentina, modern shaped acoustic upright basses made by Wallace Culver in Buenos Aires.

http://www.artemara.com.ar ASH Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Jorge Eduardo Zeballos in Buenos Aires.

http://www.amatistabasses.com.ar/ ANDRES LOIACONO Argentina, guitars and basses made by Andres Loiacono. aloiacono@ffmm.gov.ar No info or website available. ARCIS Chile, custom basses made by Mauricio Arcis.

http://www.ashguitars.com.ar

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AVALON Brazil, custom instruments made by Mauricio Moreira in the south of Brazil.

AYS Chile, custom electric basses by Jos Ananas in Santiago since 1992. http://www.aysbass.com BACH Argentina, standard-custom basses made by Marcelo Bach. Pictured is the bolt-on Petrus.

BEAUDOUX Argentina, custom acoustic and electric basses and guitars made by Daniel Eduardo 'Fanta' Beaudoux in Buenos Aires since the 80s. Beaudoux makes four- to sevenstring ABGs and modern style solidbody basses. Several models are headless.

http://www.beaudouxguitarras.com.ar/ BEGHER Brazil, lower priced Rickenbacker ("Begher")-style guitars & basses and other models made between 1966-1972 by Romeu Benvenutti.

BATAN Argentina, F-style guitars made by Pablo Batn. Basses are J-style, sometimes with Sadowsky pickups and electronics.

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BENVENUTI Brazil, custom basses and guitars made by Roberto Benvenuti in Sao Paulo since 1996. Luthier Benvenuti makes EUBs and solidbody basses. The pictured bass has a fretless jacaranda board and an EMG piezo pickup.

Caravelli makes a violin-shaped acoustic EUB with Fishman double bass pickups. CARBAJAL Mexico, custom guitars and basses made since 1979 by Carlos Carbajal in Mexico-City. He previously worked for Dobro in the US. Main bass is the Pet EUB with hollow pear-shaped body and a traditional scrolled doublebass neck.

http://www.carloscarbajalguitars.cjb.net/ http://www.rbenvenuti.com/ BULECEVICH LUTHIER Argentina, custom instruments made by Ivan Bulecevich in La Plata. CASA CARBIELl Mexico, acoustic instruments made by Carbieli in Michoacn. Bassmodel is an ABG.

http://www.bulecevichluthier.com.ar CARAVELLI Brazil, acoustic instruments made by Caravelli since 2005.

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CAST (HIGH PERFORMANCE) Brazil, standard guitars and basses made by Josino Dos Santos Saraiva in Sao Paulo since 1993. He previously worked with Giannini (from 78) and others .

CHERUTI Brazil, standard and custom basses made until 2007. This company is now called Ledur. Models are the Mister, Power, Tuca and Picolo Bend, all made out of native woods. Cheruti has made EUBs too.

CHARLES Brazil, standard and custom stringed instruments made by Jean Paul Charles in Salvador-Bahia. Charles is a French luthier and mandolin player who has settled in Brazil. He makes EUBs from native woods.

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CLAUDIO PALAZZOLO Bolivia, custom guitars and basses made by Claudio Palazzolo in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

D'ALEGRIA Brazil, standard/custom guitars and basses made by Daniel Alegria and Rodrigo Werneck since 2003. Standard are native Brazilian woods, EMG pickups and DAlegrias propriety active electronic made by Tonechaser. The Defender JB and PJ are F-style basses, the Dragster is MM-copy. The Dart is an original design also made as a doubleneck ( Double Dart) or semi-acoustic (A-Dart). The Dynamo and Dragon are original models too. The Discovery is an EUB.

http://www.myspace.com/gclaudiopalazzolo1 CONDOR China/Brazil/US, Condor (since 1991)is the trading name of brazilian distributor Carlos Cesar Medeiros. Most instruments are made in China, but theres also an US made Condor by Fodera and a Brazilian bass made by DLara. Standard basses include modern and F-style basses, four- and fivestring ABGs, a semi-acoustic model and the top-of-the-range SC5000 with Wilkinson hardware, Kent Armstrong pickups and active electronics.

http://www.dalegria.com/ D'LARA Brazil, basses made by Eliezer Lara in Rio de Janeiro, also for Condor. DLara makes Fodera-style electric basses as well as EUBs.

http://www.condormusic.com.br/ CRUZOUND Puerto-Rico, traditional Puertorican stringed instruments made by Cruz in Morovis. The CL is Baby Bass EUB-style with wooden body and an additional magnetic pickup. The WRJ has a smaller/slimmer and more violinesque body. The AN 01C has a pear-shaped body. All basses feature a metal diafraghm pickup.

http://www.eliezerlaraguitars.com/

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DANIEL FERNNDEZ Argentina, standard and custom electric and (semi-) acoustic basses made by Daniel Fernandez.. Fernandez makes ABGs like the fourstring La Montana, fivestring El Lago and sixstring Yin Yang and also several electrics with an exclusive model for US bass shop The Low End.

DE CASTELLIS Brazil, standard/custom instruments made by Hilton Castelli and son Tom in Churitiba since 1987. Models are four- to sixstring. DEMONTE Argentina, custom guitars, basses and other instruments made by Jorge and Juan Demonte. http://www.guitarrasdemonte.com.ar/ DICARMO Brazili, standard EUBs made by Roberte Dicarmo since 1986. There are two versions: Professional and Estudio

http://www.fernandezbasses.com.ar/ DANIELS Argentina, standard and custom guitars and basses made by Daniels.

DIGIACOMI &YAVICOLI see: Coatepec Violins. DICKINS TOMA Mexico, lower quality instruments made in the mid 90s. .

http://www.danielsguitars.net/

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DJS Argentina, standard/custom guitars and basses made by DJS in Crdoba. DJS makes a distinctly (pear)shaped EUB. Electric basses are P- & J-style, a modern original design and a copy of Gene Simmons Punisher. Bodies are made of cedar or oak.

DOLPHIN Brazil, instruments made in the 80s 90s by Carlos Assale, later working for Giannini. Dolphin guitars and basses were the best-selling instruments in Brazil during the 80s. The King has a pointy headstock, P-style body and one soapbar pickup. The BX1020 has two pickups and one was presented to Paul McCartney in 90.

DREAMER GUITARWORKS Brazil, custom guitars and basses made by Celso Freire since the 90s.

http://www.djs-luthier.com.ar DMS GUITARS & BASSES Colombia, custom guitars and basses made by Cesar Bohorquez in Medellin. DOH SERIES Argentina, standard & custom guitars and basses made by Daniel O. Hunko. Models include Rick and J-style basses and originals like this Big Dragon. The Arlequin has a chequered wood inlayed body. http://www.luthier.com.br/ ELROI Brazil, custom instruments made by Marcus Vinicius

http://www.dohseries.com

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ENRIQUE CRIVELLARI Argentina, acoustic and electric guitars and basses made by Enrique Lex Crivellari. ESTEBAN ECHEVERRIA Argentina, custom instruments made by Esteban Echeverria.

FAIM Argentina/Korea, standard instruments made since the 80s by FAIM in Buenos Aires, also imports from Korea. Older model is the headless Tomahawk, current models are budget quality P- & J-basses and four- and fivestring basses in Warwick/Ibanez Soundgear-style.

http://estebanecheverria.olx.com.ar/ ESTRADA & BEVERIDO Mexico, David Estrada and Lorena Beverido are talian school violinmakers from Coatepec. They make traditional bowed instruments and have made a compact acoustic bass too.

http://www.faim-instrumentos.com.ar FDC Panama, standard/custom classical guitars and EUBs made by Luis Fernndez de Crdoba in Panama City. He has studie guitarmaking in the USA and has worked with Gary Brawer. This bass is custom made, using a Fender Mustang neck. http://www.coatepecviolins.com FABREGUES Puerto Rico. custom instruments made by Pepe Fabregues in Santurce. Four- to sixstring basses with maple neck, ash body and Fabregues designed hardware & electronics.

http://www.guitarrasfdc.com/

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FENIX Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Hernan E. Lorenzo in Buenos Aires.

FINCH Brazil, guitars and basses made by Finch in Sao Paulo in the 70s, One example is this Rick-copy. Theres a P-style bass too.

http://www.foxguitars.com.br
http://www.woodviewenterprises.com/

FREDDY PIZARRO Chile, custom electric basses and guitars made by Freddy Pizarro in Con-Con.

FOX Brazil/Korea, standard and custom guitars and basses made by Fox in Belo Horizont since 1998. Fox is a collaboration between Brazilian Crafter importer Leo Gandra and guitarmaker Ademir Coelho de Sousa, starting out making EUBs. Nowadays Fox has 25 employees making instruments like the Amazona-series basses and guitars, using native Brazilian woods with European distribution by the British Woodview Enterprises Ltd. Amazona basses are the B2 and B3, singlecut solidbody fivestrings with cedar chambered body and cedar neck, imbuya top and Shadow piezo-pickups. The BX500 is a modern full-cedar fivestring bass with two soapbars (in wooden housing) and 3 band active EQ. Custom model is the bolt-on Star Bass with many contrasting woods, double cutaways and active electronics. Theres also an imported Korean-made version of the Star Bass.

http://guitarraspizarro.googlepages.com/

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GABRIEL PEREZ Chile, custom guitars and basses made by Gabriel Perez in Valparaiso. http://gabrieluth.blogspot.com/ GALASSO Argentina, custom electric guitars and basses made by Ezequiel Galasso in Buenos Aires. http://www.galassoguitars.com/ GC (GERI CARLETTO) Brazil, acoustic guitars (and some basses) made by Geri Carletto in Taquariting, Sao Paulo. This bass is made out of maple with an ebony board, Schaller hardware and active Seymour Duncan pickups. GC (GUSTAVO CICERO) Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Gustavo Cicero in Buenos Aires since 1988. Most models are F- or Warwick-style, often featuring EMG pickups and made out of traditional woods.

GG CUSTOM GUITARS Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Gustavo Gonzalo in Buenos Aires.

http://www.ggcustomguitars.com.ar/ GIANNINI Brazil, founded in 1900 by Tranquillo Giannini, an acoustic guitarmaker. Since the 70s Giannini is involved with electronics, amps, keyboards. Basses are sometimes original, sometimes copies. Some 90s models are branded Trilogy Inc. The Shark ('80) is a headless bass with a wood throughneck and a sharkfin shaped fibreglass body. '70s models remind of Aria copies of J-bass, Rick and Gibson EB2 and this EB3 .The AE03B is an original model fashioned after the Aria 1820. Currently only an ABG is offered.

http://www.gustavocicero.com.ar

GOLDEN Brazil, lower priced instruments made by Golden Guitars & Basses in Sao Paulo since the 80s. This company also trades Eagle en Golden instruments imported from Asia. Basses are F-style fourstrings with PJ or JJ pickups. The BG range is available with four- to sixstrings and features active pickups, the similar BL range has passive electronics. Most basses have cedar bodies and a jacaranda fingerboard.

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GOYA LUTHIERS Chile, custom guitars and basses made by Charly Campos in Santiago. http://www.goyaluthiers.cl GOYO GONZLEZ Argentina, electric guitars and a multitude of acoustic instruments made by Gregorio Andrs Gonzlez Foerster in Cordoba. Goyo makes a shortscale fretless ABG with slotted headstock, mahogany back & sides, a German spruce top and Fishman electronics. http://www.goyoluthier.com/ GRAVINA Brazil, custom basses made by Joao Gravina. GUNELLA Argentina, custom stringed instruments (and beyond) made by Adrian Gunella in Salta.

GUSTAVO FOLCO Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Gustavo Folco in Buenos Aires. HARB HOECKER Chile, custom guitars and basses made by Harb Hoecker in Vina Del Mar. HERING Brazil, standard guitars and basses made by Hering Guitars (Hering was originally founded in 1923 by the german immigrant Alfred Hering), since 2007 the new identity of Walker Guitars in Blumenau. Hering basses are bolt-on and neckthrough J-style basses with Walker hardware and Lace J-pickups. http://www.walkerguitars.com.br HONDA Colombia, custom instrumenten gemaakt door Navarro HORACIO LISTA Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Horacio Lista in Buenos Aires.

http://www.gunellagtrtech.8m.com

http://www.galeon.com/horaciolista/

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JAVIER LOPEZ Argentina, guitars and basses made by Javier Lopez in Mendoza.

JENNIFER Brazil, maker of J-style basses, some with a distinct scratchplate and pickup cover.

JONAS CALDAS Brazil, maker of acoustic upright basses.

J.CASSIO Brazil, custom basses made by J.Cssio in Rio de Janeiro.

JEG Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Javier Ezequiel Gandolfo. Modern neckthrough basses, some styled after Yamaha TRB and Warwick Infinity basses.

JUAN MUZIO Argentina, custom stringed instruments made by Juan O. Muzio in Buenos Aires. Muzio offers electric basses.

http://www.jmuzio.com.ar http://www.jegluthier.com.ar/ KIKO MELENDEZ

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Chile, custom guitars and basses made by Kiko Melendez in Quilpu (Valparaiso). KRAFT Brazil, standard guitars and basses made by Tico Kraft in the 90s. Models include MM- & J-style basses and Warwick lookalikes.

Lonestar makes the Mariachi, a traditional guittarn, optionally fitted with Fishman electronics. LOPEZ Argentina, guitars and basses made by Martin Lopez in Buenos Aires. He also makes Mazzarino bass pickups. His standard neckthrough bass model has a distinct scoop on the upperside and is made of native woods, 34" scale, brass nut, Allparts bridge, Grover Tuners, passive electronics with series/parallel switchable Basslines MM- & Mazzarino soapboar pickups.

LADESSA Brazil, standard basses and guitars made by Edu(ardo) Ladessa in Sao Paulo. Ladessa makes a solidbody bass, four- to sixstring with maple body, jacaranda neck and with Ladessa designed hardware, pickups and active electronics. Optional are LED positionmarkers. Theres an EUB too, with a Pierre Josephs pickup and a Seymour Duncan preamp. LEDUR Brazil, the new name (since 2007) of the Cheruti company, makers of standard/custom guitars and basses in Cachoeirinha Models are the MM-style Podium, Tuca, Felina, Mister, Power and Pcolo Bend, all featuring Seymour Duncan pickups.

http://www.lopezluthier.com.ar/ing http://www.mazzarinopickups.com.ar LUCAS MARTINEZ Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Lucas B. Martinez. lucasbmartinez@hotmail.com No info or website LUIS CARLOS CUSINATO Brazil, custom guitars and basses made by Luis Cusinato. Models range from modern fretless to copies of Gene Simmons Axe.

LUTHIER DE MALTA Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by De Malta.

http://www.ledurmusic.com.br/ LONESTAR Mexico; instruments made by a collective of guitarmakers in Paracho and distributed by the US based LPD Music Int. http://www.luthierdemalta.com.ar/

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LUTHIER GM Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Guillermo Morone. GM mostly makes F-style basses.

http://www.chicasybajos.com.ar/ MATIZE Brazil, standard instruments made in limited quantities by Paulo Lima from LeStac. http://bajos10.blog.com.es/ MBRAY Argentina, standard/custom guitars and custom basses made by Marcelo Bray in Bahia Blanca.

http://www.luthiergm.com.ar/ MAESE Argentina, guitars and basses made by Mariano Maese in Avellaneda since 1988. Maese basses feature Bartolini and Maese pickups and switchable active/passive Maese preamps. Maese also makes an EUB. http://maeseluthier.com.ar MRCIO BENEDETTI Brazil, custom guitars and basses made by Marcio Benedetti in Sao Paulo since 1989. Benedetti previously worked at Ladessa and Tiguez. He also teaches lutherie. Models range from four- to sixstrings with throughneck construction, passive soapbar pickups and active electronics. http://benedettiguitarworks.blogspot.com/ MATIAS CROM Argentina, custom stringed instruments made by Matias Crom, ranging from guitars to acoustic uprights. Electric basses are styled after Carl Thompson designs.

http://www.brayluthier.com/

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MEL Argentina, standard/custom guitars and basses made by Marcelo Lago in Buenos Aires. Some MEL basses are originals, others are very much patterned after Alembic, Pedulla and Warwick basses.

MGBASS Brazil, standard/custom basses made by MGBass since 2003. Models include the 105, System Drive, Desert, Oasis all available as four- to ninestring bass featuring neckthrough construction, extensively laminated woods and EMG pickups.

http://www.mauriciobass.com MIRANDA Argentina, guitars and basses made by Ricardo Miranda in Burzaco. Basses range from J-style to modern neckthrough models.

http://www.melguitars.com.ar/ MEZA Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Javier Meza in Buenos Aires. The neck-through MPJ has an ash body, three piece maple neck and EMG PJ pickups.

http://www.mirandaluthiers.com.ar/ MM BASSES Colombia, basses and guitars made by bassplayer/luthier/industrial designer Jairo Eduardo Suarez Gallardo (aka Mick Mutante) in Bogot. Standard features of MM Basses: a choice of three bodyshapes (all available with double or single cutaway(s)) from local hardwoods, oil and wax finish, 34", 24 frets or fretless, three- to five-piece throughneck, a single MM Basses

http://www.mezaguitars.com.ar/

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blade humbucking pickup with neodymium magnets and passive electronics. Optional are: more than four strings, different scale, a second pickup, active electronics.

http://www.nzaganin.com.br/ OLIVO Equador/Canada, standard/custom basses formerly made by Olivo Chiliguinga in Toronto between the late 70s- early 80s. He previously worked at Lado and returned to Equador in the mid 80s. Currently Olivo builds classical guitars in his Quito workshop . Olivo basses are influenced by Alembic and Lado, featuring neckthrough construction, exotic wood bodies, Bartolini Hi-A pickups, Schaller tuners and and Badass bridges.

http://www.mmbasses.com M.O.G. Colombia, standard EUBs (previously made under the Simet brand) by Andres Mauricio Ortega Gomez in Palmira since 1998. These affordable instruments are sold through the Internet. There are three sizes: BB1 (standard Babybass), BB2 (Mini Baby Bass) and the BB3 Super Mini Baby. They all feature fiberglass bodies, native woods for the necks and a pickup system derived from Ampegs Babybass. http://www.ababymog.galeon.com/ MORENO MOORE Chile, standard/custom acoustic instruments (including ABGs) made by Eduardo Alan Moreno Moore in Santiago since 1988. Moore is a respected concert guitarist, having studied in the US and performed in Europe. Bassmodel is a six string classical guitar with a 72cm scale, tuned down an octave. The current range focuses on Suzuki-method student guitars. http://www.morenomoore.cl NAVARRO Puerto Rico, custom instruments made by Mike Navarro in San Juan. http://www.guitarzonepr.com/ NOSTI Argentina, custom electric and acoustic guitars made by Diego Nosti. http://www.diegonosti.com.ar/nosti N.ZAGANIN Brazil, custom guitars and basses made by luthier Marco Zaganin and Ken Nakamura in Sao Paulo.

http://www.guitarrasolivochiliquinga.com/ ORELUTHIER Argentina, electric guitars and basses made by Orestes Di Vruno (Laboratorio Sonoro). He organises lutherie classes too. http://www.laboratorio-sonoro.blogspot.com/ ORREGO Chile, custom basses made by Manuel Orrego Basses have nine-piece mahogany/maple necks, ebony 'board, mahogany body with maple top, Orrego passive Hi-Z pickups with EMG electronics.

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PABLO MASSA Argentina, electric guitars and basses made by Pablo Massa in Avellaneda. Massa makes tapping instruments too.

http://www.pablomassa.com.ar/ http://www.orrego.com PABLO BERNASCONI Argentina, Bernasconi makesacoustic uprights and EUBs in Buenos Aires. PEREYRA Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Leandro Pereyra in Buenos Aires.

http://pereyraluthier.blogspot.com/

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PLUMA Argentina, electric and electro-acoustic guitars & basses made by Christian Iannamico in Bahia Blanca . Basses are a Baby Bass-style 35scale semi-acoustic EUB fitted with Fishman pickups and electric basses with original detailing like this passive semi-acoustic Raiz Coral IV with cedar body, cedar top and bolt-on neck.

R BASSES US/Puerto Rico, standard/custom basses made by Ray Rogers, formerly in the US (Florida and New York) currently in Puerto Rico. Rogers started out working with Carl Thompson, making the first R Basses in his workshop. Rogers currently works as a furniture maker, building basses on the side. Older R Basses are obviously influenced by Carl Thompson, current models are more inspired by Fodera, featuring Bartolini pickups and HAZ Labs preamps.

http://www.plumapro.com.ar/ RACELIS Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Racelis in Rosario. http://www.racelisluthier.com.ar RAY RAMIREZ Puerto Rico, standard and custom basses and EUBs made by Ray Ramirez in Humacao. Ramirez is a renowned bassplayer and author of the instructional book "The swing of the Latin bass". Ramirez makes four- to sixstring EUBs in Ampeg Babybass-style in several versions with wood or fiberglass body, diaphragm pickup (piezos optional) and active Aguilar or Bartolini electronics. The Travel Mate is a modern compact EUB with fibreglass body. Ramirez solidbody bassguitars are custom built with four- to sevenstrings, bolt-on or neckthrough construction, graphite reinforced necks with pau ferro board and Bartolini electronics.

REPISO Argentina/Spain. Custom acoustic and electric guitars made by Sergio Repiso since the '60s. After retirement (1980) Repiso moved to Mallorca, Spain where he continued working on guitars well into his eighties. He's the actual luthier who defretted Carles Benavents Gibson bass: " He pulled the frets out, fixed the fingerboard, changed the bridge and put a new pick-up in. I had only this bass then, so it was a real jeopardy. But Repiso did a fine job, and the Gibson worked pretty well until its retirement in 1995..." Repiso has made sixstring (baritone) basses with a LPstyle body.

http://www.rayramirezbasses.com/

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RM Argentina, custom guitars and basses made by Raul Andrs Moine in Tandil. RM also makes pickups and electronics.

RS LUTHIER Argentina, custom basses made by Roberto Souto in Buenos Aires since 1997. RS has made the Carl Thompson-style sixstring Rainbow Bass and a NS Design-like EUB.

http://www.rmluthier.com.ar/ ROGER MORILLO Venezuela, basses and guitars made by bassplayer/luthier Roger Morillo. Morillo has lived and worked in the US and has a distinguished career as a player. Since returning to his country of birth he concentrates on luthiery. http://www.rs-luthier.com.ar/ SANTANERA Argentina, custom electric guitars and basses made by Ariel Santanera in Buenos Aires since 1985. During the '90s he concentrated on instrument design, returning to making and repairing guitars in 2003. The first instrument he made was a fretless bass. Recent instruments include the SG, an EB3-style bass with throughneck, and a Rick-style bass. During the '80s Santanera made quite a lot of headless basses. Santanera also organizes lutherie classes.

http://www.rogermorillo.com/ ROZINI Brazil, acoustic instruments made by Rozini. Basses are four- and fivestring ABGs with medium scale, cedar neck, laminated tauari body with solid spruce top and cutaway and Artec electronics (Fishman optional).

http://www.rozini.com.br/

http://www.dospotencias.com.ar

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SAURRAL Argentina, guitars and basses made by Osvaldo Saurral in Crdoba. Models are based on Pedulla, Warwick and Fender designs.

http://www.siracusaluthier.com.ar SNL Argentina, guitars and basses made by Sergio Nigrelli in Ituzaing.

http://www.violasaurral.com.ar/ SIRACUSA LUTHIER Argentina, standard-custom guitars and basses made by Maximiliano Siracusa. Models are the Unity and the pictured Tigre.

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SOTOBASS LUTHIER Argentina, custom basses (and some guitars) made by Facundo Soto in Buenos Aires. His basses are neckthrough designs.

trading Korean instruments under the Memphis by Tagima) brand.

http://www.tagima.com.br TIGUEZ Brazil, custom instruments made Paulo since 1988.

by E.Tiguez in Sao

http://www.sotobass.com.ar/ SUAREZ LUTHIER (BHS) Argentina, standard and custom guitars and basses made by Benigno Horacio Suarez in Buenos Aires. Models are styled after Ken Smith, Tobias and Warwick.

http://www.tiguez.com/ TONANTE Brazil, founded in 1954 as Ao Rei dos Violes Limitada by Portuguese brothers Abe & Samuel Tonante, and nowadays the most famous cheap brand of guitars in Brazil. During the many years of Brazilian import restrictions Tonante virtually had no competition and put out large numbers of budget quality instruments. These are wanted today because of their vintage appeal. Early models are the F-style Tonante Finder range, current model is the Charvel-style Star Light. TORRE FUERTE Argentina. Custom basses. One example is fitted with Ken Smith pickups. No further info available.

http://www.suarezluthier.com.ar TAGIMA Brazil, standard instruments originally made by Seizi Tagima since the 80s. Since 96 this brand is owned by Marutec (Ken Nakamura, involved with N.Zaganin), also

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http://www.utreracustom.com/ TWO HANDS Brazil, guitars an basses made by Two Hands. Basses resemble Carl Thompsons designs. VERDI Argentina, standard stringed instruments made by Ramon Jos Verdi and his two sons in Buenos Aires since the 70s. Bass models range from traditional electrics to Virtual bassguitars and EUBs. These have a frame instead of a fully massive body, some models having carbon fibre parts.

URBAN STRINGS Argentina, electric bowed instruments and guitars made by Gato Urbanski and Fernando Scherer in Buenos Aires. http://www.urbanstrings.com/ UTRERA Venezuela, standard/custom basses (and guitars) made by Freddy Utrera in Caracas. Utrera basses (four- to sevenstring) feature a laminated maple/walnut throughneck, 35" scale, rosewood 'board, solid mahogany (or alder) body with optional maple top, two humbuckers and switchable active EQ.

http://www.verdi.com.ar VETTAN (Luteria Vettan) Chile, custom electric guitars and basses made by Victor Rivera Salazar in Concepcin. http://vettan.blogspot.com/ VICTOR REVERA Chile, custom instruments made by Victor Revera.

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VOGEL Equador,standard guitars and basses made by (US-born) Bob Vogel in Quito since 1995. Vogel came to Equador working as a missionary. The 402/502/602 are modern four- to sixstring basses. The Buitre has a distinct body shape with short sharp cutaways. The Karl is styled after the Warwick Thumb without being a copy. All basses feature native woods, Basslines or Bartolini pickups and passive electronics with single volume and tone controls and a threeway pickup switch. http://www.vogelguitars.com/ WALKER GUITARS Brazil, standard/custom instruments formerly made by Walker out of native (ecologically harvested) Brazilian woods. Walker changed its name to Hering Handmade Guitars in 2007. WOOD Brazil, standard/custom instruments made by Z Eduardo.

http://www.woodguitars.com

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