At Blackstar, we are all musicians and understand the importance of great tone, whether practicing at home or on stage in a live environment.
Based in Northampton, England with over 50 years combined experience in guitar amplification design and production, we are totally committed to providing you with the ultimate tools for self expression.
We hope our unique and patented innovations will take you a step closer to finding the 'sound in your head'.
Guitar building is an ongoing process of discovery. We are devoted to the guitar's rich heritage while committed to new technologies that will enrich our products with uncompromised tone, playability and beauty. Our success depends on our ability to listen, implement positive change and continually refine our craft.
Believing this, we strive to build the best guitars and guitar products possible and to serve our employees, customers, suppliers and community with distinction.
About Taylor Guitars
Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Renowned for blending modern, innovative manufacturing techniques with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Taylor acoustic guitars are widely considered among the best-sounding and easiest to play in the world. The company is a pioneer in the use of computer mills, lasers and other high-tech tools and proprietary machinery, and today, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer.
C.F. Martin & Co.
C. F. Martin & Co.® has been Inspiring Musicians Worldwide® for nearly two centuries with their superior guitar and string products. Martin guitars and strings remain the choice for musicians around the world for their unrivaled quality, craftsmanship, and tone. Throughout the company’s long history, Martin products can be seen and heard across all genres of music and in all segments of pop culture, from concert and theater stages to television and movies.
With an unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices, Martin continually drives the acoustic guitar market forward, introducing innovative features that have become standards across the industry. These groundbreaking innovations include the introduction of X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar, and the “Dreadnought” size guitar.
"Paoletti instruments® were established in 2005 as the natural evolution of my guitar luthier and amplifier tech activities." Inspired by the shapes of the most iconic guitars in rock history, we started handcrafting guitars using 130-150 years old chestnut woods, coming from Paoletti Family's Chianti wine barrels reserve.
Like many of the best creations, Paoletti Guitars grew out of a strong understanding of the past and an artist’s active imagination for the future. Based in Tuscany, Italy, where from the end of the 19th century the Paoletti family once produced Chianti red wine, much of that thirst has been past down to Fabrizio Paoletti. In the spirit of paying reverence to the past and at the same time making the best use of the materials at hand, Paoletti began to make use of the ancient wine barrels left from the old family business. With many of these being made of 130-170 year old chestnut wood, it was soon realised that this gave the instruments a unique and impressive sound.
"This is the story behind my Wine Series instruments, today offered as Stratospheric, Nancy, LP, SG, V, DC and Skybass design. Visually the instruments are a mixture of the old and the new, with the Loft series replicating the chipped paint jobs of well-worn rock’n’roll guitars" - PAOLETTI FABRIZIO from Paoletti Guitars Factory
SWISS MADE CRAFTSMANSHIP -LISTEN - BUILD - PLAY
Relish Guitars Switzerland has its origins at the foot of Mount Pilatus, where a team of eight luthiers, highly skilled artisans and dedicated guitar enthusiasts continue to relish the grace of the electric guitar day by day. We listen, we build, we play. And we unite the visions of guitarists with our skills and forward-thinking attitude, creating a growing string of innovations, premium and custom guitars, cherished by guitar techs, rock legends, jazz virtuosos, singer-songwriters and metalheads alike. We cooperate with best-in-class suppliers in order to deliver the highest possible Swiss Made quality to guitarists and inspire them with exceptional tone, jaw-dropping sounds and a unique playability.
Schecter Guitar Research
Schecter Guitar Research has solidified its elite status as one of the world’s premier guitar companies, offering electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and USA Custom Shop instruments to musicians around the world in more than 150 countries. Its continually evolving and expanding line of guitars and basses appeals to a broad spectrum of players and diverse musical styles. Its core business practice offers high-quality instruments with professional components at an affordable price. One of the company's strongest assets is its growing roster of high-profile artists, including Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, The Cure, Papa Roach, Seether, Prince, Stone Temple Pilots, Nevermore and Black Label Society.
Trusted since 1953.
Guild is a historic guitar manufacturer that continues its long-standing reputation of iconic acoustic, electric, and bass guitars.
From the New York jazz scene in the 1950s, to Richie Havens’ legendary performance at Woodstock, to Seattle’s Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Guild guitars helped create some of the greatest music in history.
With a tradition built on old world craftsmanship, quality, and value, Guild guitars have and will always be Made to Be Played.
our promisemade to be played
No matter what era your guitar comes from or how many hands have played it, you can trust that your Guild is up for any challenge you throw its way.
We’re proud of who we are and where we’ve come from; we’ll always honor the classic Guild sound, feel and design.
Our diehard following is part of what makes Guild so unique. We pledge to provide Guild owners, artists, dealers, and enthusiasts with the fantastic instruments and support you deserve.
Stuart Spector first began producing handmade basses in his Brooklyn workshop in 1976. Not content to mimic conventional designs, Stuart recruited fellow Brooklyn woodworker Ned Steinberger to design an instrument that was better suited for the modern bassist. This design, referred to as the Spector NS-1, took the bass world by storm upon its release in 1977.
Players of all genres instantly fell in love with the extremely comfortable and uniquely contoured body of the NS-1. With the addition of a second pickup, the NS-1 became the NS-2 in 1979. The NS-2 quickly became the choice of the world’s top bassists and has remained the foundation for nearly every Spector design since its release.
The playability, tone, and craftsmanship of a Spector bass remains at the absolute highest caliber. With long established factories in both Korea and the Czech Republic, and Stuart’s small-batch, handcrafted workshop in Woodstock, NY, Spector produces high-quality basses for players of all levels and styles. With over 700 artists proudly endorsing the basses, countless devoted fans worldwide and nearly 40 years of experience, Spector basses have established themselves as the authority on modern bass design.
ACUS Acoustic Amplifiers
Acus conceives, designs and manufactures its entire line of products exclusively in Italy at Recanati, drawing upon the highest level of expertise available from a centre of history and tradition in the development and manufacture of musical instruments in Europe. Acus was founded and is managed with enthusiasm and innovation by the Canale family, drawing on over 40 years of dedicated development and experience from this sector.
SIM1 Sound Imprinting
With XT-1 your guitar will sound like the finest guitars of your dreams.It’s not midi, and it’s not sampling: it’s a innovative technology never seen before.
We call it Smart Tone Shaping (STS – our patented technology, see below), and it allows you to perfectly emulate the tone of any guitar of your choice, allowing you to play naturally, with no latency or digital artifacts.Keep playing your own guitar, but enjoy the freedom of a whole world of tones.
Source Audio was founded in 2005 by former executives of Analog Devices, Inc., Thomas H, Lee Partners, and Kurzweil, Our mission is to bring innovation to the audio effects world through the application of cutting edge sensor, networking and signal processing technology.
In 2006, Source Audio released its flagship product, the Hot Hand Motion-Sensing Ring. Since that time, Source Audio's delay, reverb, distortion, filter, modulation, equalization, and Hot Hand products have found their way onto the stages and recordings of David Gilmour, U2, David Bowie, John Mayer, Aerosmith, Phish, King Crimson, My Morning Jacket, The Cure, and Victor Wooten to name a few. Source Audio was also recognized through multiple product and innovation awards from Premier Guitar, Guitar Player, Sound On Sound, Guitar World, Bass Player, and Electronic Musician Magazines.
Rockboard Pedal Board Connectivity
Rockboard is the world leader in Pedal board and pedal board connectivity.
In order to come up with unique possibilities to make daily pedalboarding easier and sound better, our RockBoard® developers have rethought all involved components. Our new design with superior functionality is registered for patent law protection in USA, Japan, China, and Germany.
- innovative high-quality board design
- extremely lightweight anddurable
- introducing the first front-loaded pedalboard organiser with our new in-board management system (see Modules 1, 2 & 3)
- all models available with gig bag or flight case