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Boutique Guitar Amp/Pickups/Pedal makers

As some people know I’m kind of a guitar nerd, I love reading about tone, effects, pickups etc and in particular I love reading about handwound pickups, handmade guitar effects and handwired amps. So in this post I’m going to compile a list of boutique amp/pickups/pedal makers for those of you interested.

I personally use a few boutique guitar gear. I have handwound pickups by Rumpelstiltskin. I have a Swart Amp. And effects by Keeley, Xotic, Seymour Duncan, Catalinbread, RambleFX, Maxon.

What makes something boutique? One guy, a few guys or in general just a small shop, not a big company. Mainstream Amp/Pickup/Pedal makers employ hundreds or thousands of employees.

Mainstream Amp Makers
Fender
Roland
Marshall
Crate
Vox
Line 6
Peavey
Ampeg
Mesa Boogie
Randall Amps
Laney Amps
Behringer
Traynor Amps

Boutique Amp Makers
Soldano Amps
Rivera Amps
Randall Amps
Orange Amps
Bogner Amps
Hughes and Kettner
Greer Amps
Blackheart Engineering
VVT Amps
Hiwatt Amps
Divided by 13 Amps
Victoria Amps
Blackstar Amps
Dr Z Amps
Headstrong Amps
65Amps
Valve train amps
Trainwreck Amps
Tone King Amps
Swart Amps
Vintage sound amps
Milkman Amps
Friedman amps
Fuchs Amps
Matchless Amps
Bruno Amps
Two Rock Amps
Bad Cat Amps
65 Amps
Suhr
Bludotone
Gurus Amps
Buddha Amps
Supro

Mainstream Effects makers
Fender
Marshall
Dunlop / Way Huge / MXR
Electro Harmonix
Vox
Boss
Digitech
BBE Sound
Behringer
Ibanez
Truetone
Morley Pedals
TC Electronic

Boutique effects makers
Teese Wahs
Fulltone
Mad Professor
RAT
Keeley
Analog Man
Xotic Effects
Strymon
Friedman
Maxon FX
Voodoo Lab
Neunabar
Suhr
Cornish Effects
Roger Mayer Effects
Wampler Pedals
Seymour Duncan
Myco Pedals
Greer Amps
Empress Effects
RambleFX
Strymon
ZVex Effects
Pigtronix
Dr Scientist
EWS Pedals
ClinchFX
ScreaminFX
ThroBak
El Rey FX
Buddha Amps
Catalinbread
Fuchs Pedals
Malekko
Black Arts Toneworks
Red Witch pedals
T-rex effects
Death by Audio
Chase Tone
Dwarfcraft Devices
Daredevil Pedals
Earthquaker Devices
Petty John Electronics
Stone Deaf FX
Walrus Audio
Source Audio
Rainger FX
Thorpy FX
Solid Gold FX
Buffalo FX
Old Blood Noise
Love Pedals
Alexander Pedals
Rockett pedals
JHS pedals
Magnetic Effects
Shoe Pedals
Modtone

Mainstream guitar pickup makers
Fender
Seymour Duncan
Dimarzio
EMG Pickups
Lace Pickups
Fishman Pickups

Boutique (handwound) guitar pickup makers
Lindy Fralin
Bareknuckle Pickups
SD pickups
Kinman
Amalfitano Pickups
Skatterbrane Pickups
Suhr
Sheptone Pickups
Wolfetone Pickups
Novak pickups
Bill Lawrence Pickups
Don Mare Pickups
Rumpelstiltskin Pickups
Tonerider Pickups
Klein Pickups
D Allen Pickups
Creamery Pickups
Telenator
Porter Pickups
Kent Armstrong Pickups
Leo Sounds
OC Duff Pickups
Harrison Pickups
BG Pickups
Jim Wagner Pickups
Van Zandt Pickups
Rio Grande Pickups
Bullock Pickups
Reilander Pickups
Arnsparger Pickups
SK Pickups
Throbak
Mojotone
JS Moore Pickups
Lollar Pickups
Cats Whisker Pickups
Harmonic Design Pickups
Gemini Pickups
JBE Pickups
Electric City Pickups
Sliders Pickups