Kent (guitar)

Kent was a 1960s/1970s electric guitar brand.[1][2]

A Guyatone LG-140T electric guitar, aka the Kent 533 Videocaster (c.1964–65)

The "Kent" brand was established by Buegeleisen and Jacobson, a musical instrument distributor based in New York City, in 1960.[1] Early Kent guitars were made by Hagstrom, based in Sweden.[3] These were branded "Kent" in the United States and "Futurama" in the United Kingdom. Later, around 1963, Guyatone and Teisco guitars were rebadged as Kent guitars.[2] Other manufacturers included FujiGen, Kawai, and Matsumoku. In the early 1970s, Southland Musical Merchandise Corporation acquired the Kent brand and moved manufacturing to South Korea.

Kent guitar series included the 400, 500, and 600 series.[4][5] Kent guitar amplifiers and guitar pedals were also marketed by Buegeleisen and Jacobson.[6] Kent guitars were played by musicians including David Bowie and Bob Dylan.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Kent Guitars". www.kentfoto.com. Kent Photography. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Kent guitars". jedistar.com. P Carroll Jedistar. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Hagstrom History". www.hagstrom.org.uk. UK: This Hagstrom UK Project. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Tables of Kent Guitars". www.kentfoto.com. Kent Photography. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  5. ^ The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide 2019. Vintage Guitar Music. 2018. ISBN 978-1884883415.
  6. ^ "Kent amps and pedals". jedistar.com. P Carroll Jedistar. Retrieved 2 October 2020.

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