~Company badge + Manufacturer cross reference~

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    Thought this preliminary Company badge - Manufacturer cross reference might be useful to some.
    It's basically this list Manufacturers of MIJ Badged Electric Guitars 1960 to 1980
    cross referenced and updated with modern manufacturers. There are errors and omissions (particularly dates* + manufacturer locations), so I'll post it in this dedicated thread for now, and add it to the FAQ if/when errors + omissions have been addressed as much as possible, if there is interest in doing so.
    A question mark after a manufacturer name suggests a "best guess"

    * Beginning dates vary between:
    1- company creation
    2- 1st acoustic guitars produced
    3- 1st electric guitars
    produced
    with #3 being used more than 2 or 1 where possible, for relevance purposes.
     
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    Headstock Badge => Manufacturer

    Apollo => Kawai/Teisco, Matsumoku
    Aquarius => Kawai/Teisco
    Ampeg => Magnavox/Ampeg
    Angelica => Tombo
    Antoria => Fujigen
    Aria Pro II => Matsumoku
    Arita => Matsumoku
    Asama => Tombo
    Astrotone => Kawai/Teisco?
    Atlansia => Atlansia
    Atlas => Kawai/Teisco
    Audition => Kawai/Teisco
    Avar or Ayar => Kawai/Teisco
    Aztec => Chushin?
    Bacchus => Asuka (Aska) for Deviser
    Bambu => Chushin
    Barclay => Guyatone, Matsumoku
    Barth => Kawai/Teisco
    Beltone => Kawai/Teisco, Zen-On
    Black Jack => Kawai/Teisco
    Bradford => Guyatone?
    Broadway => Guyatone
    Bruno => Matsumoku?
    Burny => Chushin, Dyna, Fujigen, Kasuga, Matsumoku, Terada, Tokai, Yako(Taiwan)
    Camel => Fujigen? (Hoshino)
    Canora => Suzuki, Guyatone?
    Caparison => Fujigen? Lida, (Hoshino)
    Capri => Matsumoku
    Cat's Eyes => Tokai
    Charvel => Chushin
    Cimar => Hoshino
    Cipher => Kawai/Teisco
    Cobran => Chushin
    Columbus => Matsumoku, Tombo
    Combat => Combat guitars Tokyo
    Condor => Tombo
    Concert => Kawai/Teisco
    Conqueror => Matsumoku?
    Conrad => Kasuga, Matsumoku, Tokai
    Continental => Tama (Hoshino)
    Coronado => Guyatone
    Cortez acoustic => Hayashi/Zenon
    Cortez electric => Matsumoku
    Cougar => Kawai/Teisco
    Country => Matsumoku
    Crest => Tama (Hoshino)
    Crestwood => Guyatone, Matsumoku?
    Crews => Cruise Co. Ltd, Tokyo
    Crown => Kawai/Teisco
    Custom acoustic => Hayashi/Zenon
    Cutler => Matsumoku
    Daimaru => Daimaru, Teisco (70's)
    Daion => Yamaki
    Decca => Kawai/Teisco
    Del Rey => Kawai/Teisco
    Demian => Kawai/Teisco?
    Dia => Matsumoku
    Diasonic => Kawai/Teisco
    Daion => Yamaki
    Domino => Kawai/Teisco, Matsumoku
    Drifter => Tokai
    Duke => Kawai/Teisco, Tombo
    Edwards => ESP (China/Japan)
    El Maya => Chushin, Tahara (70's)
    Electra => Matsumoku
    Elk acrylics => Elk
    Emperador electric=> Kasuga, Kawai/Teisco
    Emperador acoustic => Hayashi/Zenon
    Epiphone Japan => Fujigen, Matsumoku (mid 80's), Terada
    Epiphone Korea => Choice, Korea Ins, Peerless, Saein, Samil, Unsung
    Eros => Matsumoku?
    ESP => ESP Electric Sound Products (Japan)
    ES-S => Kasuga
    Fender Japan => Fujigen, Terada
    Fernandes => Chushin, Dyna, Kasuga, Terada,
    F. Hashimoto => Maruha
    FgN => Fujigen
    Founder => Dyna , Yamaki
    Fresher => Chushin(~78-80), Kyowa Shokai
    Futurama => Guyatone
    Gaban => ***uhara =>
    Gallan => Kyowa Shokai
    Ganson => Kasuga
    Gession => Tokai ?
    G-Holiday => Kawai/Teisco?
    Goldentone => Tama (Hoshino)
    Granada => Matsumoku
    Grande => Yamaki
    Grandy => Tokai
    Grapham => Terada
    Grassroots => ESP (Indonesia)
    Greco Japan => Fujigen, Matsumoku, Tokai,
    Greco Korea => Cor-Tek (~1989)
    Gretsch => Terada, FujiGen
    Guyatone => Guyatone
    Heerby => Kasuga
    Heit Deluxe => Kawai/Teisco
    Hisonus => Chushin
    Hi-Lo, Hy-Lo => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco, Matsumoku
    History => Fujigen
    Hohner => Moridaira (Morris) + Hohner Germany
    Holiday => Kawai/Teisco
    Holly => Suzuki?
    Hondo => Kasuga, Tokai, Samick (Korea)
    Horugel => Tombo
    Howard => Guyatone , Hoshino, Matsumoku
    H.S. Anderson => Moridaira (Morris Guitars)
    Humming Bird => Humming Bird 1961-1968
    Hummingbird => Suzuki
    Ibanez => Dyna (1980s), Fujigen(1970s), Guyatone, Hoshino, Matsumoku, Tama
    Ibanez acoustic => Lida
    Ideal => Guyatone
    Imperial => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco
    Inter-Mark => Kawai/Teisco
    Jackson => Chushin
    Jamboree => Tama (Hoshino)
    Jason => Fujigen
    Jedson => Kawai/Teisco, Yamaki
    JooDee => Dyna
    John Bennet => Nakai
    Johnny Guitar => Guyatone
    Kawai => Kawai/Teisco
    Kay => Kawai/Teisco
    Keefy => Kawai/Teisco
    Kent => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco
    Kimberly => Kawai/Teisco
    Kingsley => Kawai/Teisco
    Kingston => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco, Tama, Terada (70-75)
    Kinor => Tombo
    Lafayette => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco?
    LTD 401* series => ESP (Indonesia) *and lower models
    LTD 1000 series => ESP (Korea)
    Lindell => Kawai/Teisco
    Lindberg => Matsumoku
    Lyle => Matsumoku
    Luxor => Matsumoku
    Mako => Matsumoku?
    Mann => Fujigen
    Marco Polo electrics => Guyatone
    Marco Polo acoustics => Suzuki
    Marlin => Fujigen?
    Marquis => Kawai/Teisco
    Maruha acoustic=> Maruha
    Master => Kawai/Teisco?
    Maxitone* => Matsumoku *differs from Tama brand below
    Maxitone => Tama (Hoshino)
    May Queen => Kawai/Teisco
    Maya => Maya/Tahara, Chushin?
    Mayfair => Matsumoku
    Mei Mei => Kasuga
    Memphis => Matsumoku?
    Minister => Kawai/Teisco
    Momose => Deviser
    Montaya => Tombo
    Montclair => Guyatone, Matsumoku
    Moon => PGM (Prof Guitar Mfgr) Guitars
    Morales => Zen-On
    Morris electric => Moridara
    Morris acoustic => Moridara, Lida
    Mosrite => Tokai
    Nady => Fernandes maker?
    Navigator => ESP (Japan)1979+, Kasuga(70's)
    Noble => Kawai/Teisco
    Norma => Tombo (60's)
    Omega => Guyatone
    Opus => Magnavox/Ampeg
    Orange => Terada, Kawai/Teisco?
    Orlando => Matsumoku?
    Ornetts => Fujigen (Kanda Shokai)
    Orpheus => Guyatone
    Orville + OBG Japan => Fujigen, Terada,
    Orville Korea => ?
    Pan => Matsumoku
    Pearl electric => Matsumoku
    Pearl acoustic => Hayashi/Zenon
    Penco => Hoshino
    Pleasant => Shinko (60's)
    Prestige => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco
    Queen => Tombo
    Randall => Kawai/Teisco
    Raven => Matsumoku
    Recco => Kawai/Teisco
    Regent => Guyatone?
    Regina => Kawai/Teisco , Tombo
    Rexina => Kawai/Teisco
    Robin => Tokai, Chushin?,ESP
    Roland => Kasuga
    Royalist => Guyatone
    Sakai => Kawai/Teisco
    Satellite => Kawai/Teisco
    Saturn => Guyatone
    St. George => Shiro Musical Instrument Manufacturing Co
    St. Moritz => Fujigen?
    Schaffer => Kawai/Teisco , Tombo
    Sekova => Kawai/Teisco
    Selmer acoustic =>Magnavox/Ampeg?
    Seventy Seven => Deviser
    Sigma => Tokai
    Silhouette => Guyatone
    Silvertone => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco
    Sonix => Deviser
    Sorrento => Kawai/Teisco
    Star => Tama (Hoshino), Star
    Starfield => Tama (Hoshino)
    Sterling => Kawai/Teisco
    Stewart => Matsumoku
    Stud => Magnavox/Ampeg
    Suzuki => Guyatone, Suzuki
    Swinger => Kawai/Teisco
    Takamine => Takamine
    Takeharu => Suzuki
    Tama => Tama (Hoshino)
    Tamaki => Kawai/Teisco?
    Teisco => Kawai/Teisco
    Tele Star => Kawai/Teisco
    Tempo => Matsumoku
    Thumb => Terada
    Tokai Japan => Tokai
    Tokai Korea => ?
    Tokai China => ?
    Toledo. => Matsumoku?
    Top Twenty => Kawai/Teisco
    Toyota => Toyota (70's)
    Trump => Kawai/Teisco?
    Tulio => Tama (Hoshino)
    Univox => Matsumoku
    Van Zandt => PGM (Prof Guitar Mfgr) Guitars
    Vantage => Matsumoku
    Ventura => Matsumoku
    Vernon => Guyatone
    Victoria => Kawai/Teisco
    Vision => Matsumoku
    Vesta => Terada
    Volhox => Matsumoku
    Vox => Matsumoku , Korg
    Washburn(79-80) => Matsumoku
    Westbury => Matsumoku
    Westminster => Matsumoku
    Westone => Matsumoku
    Wing => ESP
    Winston => Guyatone, Kawai/Teisco
    Yamaha electric=> Fujigen, Yamaha/Nippon
    Yamaha acoustic=> Lida, Kasuga
    Yamaki => Dyna, Yamaki
    Yamato => Tombo
    Zenta => Guyatone
    ZenOn => Zen-On
    Zim-Gar => Star *see Tama (Hoshino)
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    Japan manufacturer's directory:

    Atlansia (N. Hayashi) => late 70's - date => Nagano
    Chushin Gakki => 1960 - 1980 => Nagano
    Cruise Co. Ltd, Tokyo => past 10 years => Tokyo
    Daimaru => 1960's - 1970 (later outsource to Teisco) Matsumoto Nagano ,
    Deviser => 1994 - date =>
    Dyna Gakki => 1970 - => Nagano
    Elk Gakki (Miyuki) => mid 1960's to 1975 =>
    ESP => 1975 - date =>
    Fujigen => 1969 to date => 3 plants in Matsumoto Nagano ,
    ***uhara => 1970's
    Guyatone => 1933 to 2013* now Tokyo Sound Co => Maebashi
    Hayashi/Zenon => 1960's - 1970's =>
    Hoshino Gakki / Tama => 1962 to 1967 / 1975-1979 =>
    Humming Bird => 1961-1968 =>
    Kasuga => ~1970* - 1996 => *1935 Nagoya
    Kawai/Teisco => 1960's - 1970's? =>
    Korg => 1992 to date =>
    Lida Gakki (Ida) => 1958 to ?? => Nagoya, then Peerless brand in Korea
    Magnavox/Ampeg => 1971 - 1980 =>
    Maruha Gakki => 1970's
    Matsumoku => 1970's - 1987 => Matsumoto, Nagano
    Maya/Tahara => 1970-1980
    Moridaira (Morris) => 1967
    Nakai Gakki => 1970's - date =>
    PGM Guitars => past 10 years => Tokyo
    Shinko => 1960 to 1966 => Korea in 70's
    Shiro Musical Instrument Manufacturing Co => 1963 - 1970's
    Star => 1962 to 1968 =>
    Suzuki => => Kiso and Hamamatsu plants
    Tahara => 1970's
    Takamine => 1962 - date =>
    Tama (Hoshino) => 1962 to 1968* /1975-1979 *see Star
    Teisco => 1946 -
    Terada => 1960* - date => *began 1912 Higashiku ,Kanie , Shirakawa Nagoya
    Tokai Gakki => 1968* to date => Hamamatsu *1947
    Tombo => 1965 to 1970 =>
    Toyota Kurosawa => 1970's)
    Yamaha/Nippon => 1960-1980
    Yamaki => 1960 to date, now parts manufacturer only
    Zen-On => 1960's to 1968

    Japan "non manufacturer" guitar production companies :
    (some have been manufacturers for a portion of their long histories)
    Arai Co., Ltd => Aria => 1956 - 1980's
    Fernandes => Burny , Fernandes 1969 - date => Osaka
    Hoshino Gakki Ten => Ibanez => 1929 - date => Nagano , Quindao (2005)
    Kanda Shokai => Greco => 1960 - date => Tokyo
    Kyowa Shokai => Argus, Camel, Caparison => ~1970 - 2011 => Tokyo
    Matsumoto Musical Instruments Association (or Union) => to late 1970's
    (member co's and manufacturers included Kyowa Shokai, Chushin Gakki, ***uhara Gakki, Nakai Gakki ) Nagano
     
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