Introduction of American musical instrument manufacturers (Gibson, Steinway, Moog, etc.)

I just checked the information of Japan’s Yamaha, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer , and unexpectedly found that most of the musical instrument manufacturers are not listed companies, which is why our website has only included two musical instrument manufacturers so far . Therefore, this article introduces several non-listed American musical instrument companies for your reference.

1. Steinway & Sons

Steinway Sons

Steinway & Sons (German: Steinway & Sons), or Steinway & Sons, is an American and German piano manufacturing company.

Henry E. Steinway (Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, later renamed Henry E. Steinway) was born in 1797 and was a German-American. In 1836, Henry Steinway built his first piano in his kitchen. Henry Steinway immigrated to the United States with his wife and children in 1850.

The price of a Steinway piano has always been the highest among its peers: Steinway produced the most expensive grand piano in the world in Hamburg in 2008, with a price of 1.2 million euros. The production of this piano took a total of four years. The piano was named “Sound of Harmony” (Sound of Harmony). This piano uses more than 40 different woods. The piano cover is made of stone by the Chinese painter. Decorate together. The owner is Guo Qingxiang, who was exhibited at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The grand piano with the highest auction price was also made by Steinway & Co. in New York City between 1833 and 1887. In 1997, the auction price of this piano at Christie’s in London reached $1.2 million. This time it broke the record of the most expensive grand piano price of $360,000 in 1980, which was set by Steinway and the former world number one. This piano is now on display at the Clark Art Institute.

The world’s most expensive upright piano was manufactured by Steinway in Hamburg in 1970. It was first bought by John Lennon for US$1,500. He used this piano to play and record “Imagine” and so on. In 2000, it was sold privately to the popular musician George Michael through an auction house in the UK for a price of 1.67 million pounds.

  • In 1853, Henry Steinway established Steinway & Sons in Manhattan, USA. His first piano produced in the company is now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
  • Since 1855, Steinway pianos have won multiple gold medals in some European and American exhibitions.
  • In 1857, Steinway established the first Steinway Piano Exhibition Center.
  • In 1866, the Steinway Company established the Steinway Auditorium.
  • In 1871, Henry Steinway died, and his two sons, Friedrich Theodor Steinweg and William Steinway, took over the business.
  • In 1880, the Steinway family returned to Germany and began selling Steinway-Haus pianos at the Hamburg factory in Germany.
  • In 1909, the business of Steinway was extended to Berlin.
  • In 1929, the Steinway Company manufactured a dual keyboard piano with 164 keys and four damper pedals.
  • In 1972, after a lawsuit, the Steinway Company was sold to CBS.
  • In 1985, CBS sold the Steinway Company to a group of investors, and the company was renamed Steinway Musical Properties, Inc.
  • In 1995, Steinway Musical Assets and Selma merged to become Steinway Musical Instruments.

2. Gibson Brands, Inc.


Formerly known as Gibson Guitar Corporation (Gibson Guitar Corporation) and Gibson Mandolin Guitar Company, it was renamed on June 11, 2013. It is a famous American guitar manufacturer.

Gibson owns brands such as Epiphone, Kramer, Maestro, Steinberger, Tobias, Kalamazoo, Dobro, Slingerland, Valley Arts and Baldwin (Chickering, Hamilton and Wurlitzer). Gibson Innovations provides consumer electronics products from Philips, Esoteric, Onkyo (Pioneer), Swinweg and Stanton, as well as professional audio equipment from KRK Systems, pianos from Baldwin pianos and music software from Cakewalk.

  • In 1902, Orville Gibson founded Gibson.
  • In 1944, Gibson was acquired by Chicago Musical Instruments.
  • In 1969, the Ecuadorian company acquired Gibson and the company changed its name to Norin.
  • In 1986, Nolin was acquired by its existing owners, and Gibson became a privately held company owned by Henry Juszkiewicz and David H. Berryman.
  • In 2018, Gibson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced the reorganization of profitability by closing the unprofitable consumer electronics department.

3. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Fender Musical Instruments Company is a musical instrument manufacturing company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was founded by Leo Fender in Fullerton, California in 1946. It mainly produces stringed instruments and speakers, such as electric Guitar, acoustic guitar, etc.

In 1938, Fender Musical Instruments started its business as Fender’s Radio Service, specializing in repairing radios, and later joining other electrical services, including guitar amplifiers.

In the early 1940s, Fanta Musical Instruments partnered with Doc Kauffman to form K & F Manufacturing Corp. (K & F Manufacturing Corp.) to manufacture electronic musical instruments and guitar amplifiers. In 1946, due to the disagreement between Leo Fender and Doc Kauffman on the company’s development direction, the K&F production company broke up, and Leo Fender changed its company name to Fender Electric Instrument Company (Fender Electric Instrument Company). Fender’s first series of guitar amplifiers was made in 1948 and named Tweed.

To this day, Fender Musical Instruments is still providing timeless Telecaster and Stratocaster design types of guitars for guitarists all over the world. At the same time, the Fender family has also produced distinctive product series (sub-brands) including Squier, Guild and Benedetto. . At the cutting edge of guitar art, Fender’s Custom Shop series produced in Corona, California, and Guild Custom series produced in Nashville, Tennessee, provide a personalized choice for each guitarist. Since 1995, Guild guitars have become a member of the Fender company. The American-made acoustic guitars and hollow electric guitars in the Guild product line, including the Benedetto series of jazz guitars, are recognized as the best products of the same type of guitars manufactured today. Fender also produces high-end Spanish classical guitars in the Manuel Rodriguez series.

In 1985, the employees of the Fender Electronic Musical Instruments Manufacturing Company purchased their company from CBS and changed its name to the current name Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation).

In recent years, Fanta Musical Instruments has acquired a number of musical instrument companies, including Guild Guitar Company, The Sunn Amplifier Company, and SWR Sound Corporation. In 2008, Fanta Musical Instruments also acquired Kaman Music Corporation, the largest independent musical instrument distributor in the United States.

Fanta Musical Instruments’ main production instruments are:

  • Stratocaster electric guitar
  • Telecaster electric guitar
  • Jaguar electric guitar
  • Mustang electric guitar
  • Jazzmaster electric guitar
  • DuoSonic electric guitar
  • Precision Bass
  • Jazz Bass
  • Jaguar Bass

4. Moog Music Inc.

Moog Music Inc

Moog Music Inc. is an American manufacturer of electronic musical instruments founded in 1953. The world’s first commercial synthesizer Minimoog was developed by the company in 1970.

It was founded by Robert Moog and his father in 1953 and was called “RA Moog Co.” at the time. In 1971, it was acquired by muSonics and changed its current name. In 1973, it was acquired by Norlin Musical Instruments (Gibson), and Moog continued to work for the company. Its competitor at the time was ARP musical instruments. ARP quickly occupied the market, and by 1975 it had already kicked out Moog musical instruments. Robert Moog founded Big Briar in 1977. Moog Music went bankrupt in 1987. In 2002, its trademark returned to Robert Moog’s name, Moog changed Big Briar back to Moog Music and continued to operate.

Moog Music Products:

  • Moog Modular series (1963–80, 2015 to present)
  • Minimoog (1970–81, 2016 to present)
  • Moog Satellite (1974–79)
  • Moog Sonic Six (1974–79)
  • Minitmoog (1975–76)
  • Micromoog (1975–79)
  • Polymoog (1975–80)
  • Moog Taurus (1976–83)
  • Multimoog (1978–81)
  • Moog Prodigy (1979–84)
  • Moog Liberation (1980)
  • Moog Opus 3 (1980)
  • Moog Concertmate MG-1 (1981)
  • Moog Rogue (1981)
  • Moog Source (1981)
  • Memorymoog (1982–85)
  • Moogerfooger (1998–2018)
  • Minimoog Voyager (2002–15)
  • Moog Little Phatty (2006–13)
  • Slim Phatty (2010–14)
  • Taurus 3 (2011)
  • Moog Minitaur (2012)
  • Sub Phatty (2013)
  • Moog Sub 37 (2014)
  • Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 (2014)
  • Emerson Moog Modular (2014)
  • Mother-32 (2015 to present)
  • Moog Subsequent 37 CV (Limited Edition)
  • Moog Subsequent 37 (2017)
  • Moog DFAM (Limited Edition)
  • Moog Subharmonicon (Limited Edition)
  • Moog Grandmother (2018-present)
  • Moog One (2018-present)
  • Sirin: Analog Messenger of Joy (2019-present)
  • Moog Matriarch (2019-present)

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