German immigrant Friedrich Gretsch founded a shop in Brooklyn back in 1883. He began making banjos, drums, and tambourines.
The Epiphone story begins in 1873, when the Stathopoulo family left Greece and headed to Turkey where Konstantinos Stathopoulo established himself as a lumber merchant.
Steinway & Sons was founded by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in 1853. The company’s first patent was granted in 1857, the first of 125.
The C. F. Martin story began back in 1811 when 15-year-old Christian Fredrick Martin, Sr. traveled to Vienna to apprentice with renowned guitar maker Johann Stauffer.