#2
I am also interested in a list of small electric guitar and/or bass companies.

I am an art school student graduating in the spring and will be looking for a place to work where I can do a little bit of everything.

You can see some of my work here: j--adams
#3
Just do a search for guitar makers and luthiers- you'll find hundreds.

I personally own 5 from a guy in Keokuk, Illinois by the name of Jon Kammerer. Nice guy, awesome guitars.

Here's a long interview he did.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIkBmVZXmNw&sns=em

His website was killed by malware, but he can still be reached via Facebook.

I'm having a custom- and possibly a modified Tele as well- done by Greg at Rockbeach, a New York company.
http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/boggs.com/

And, closer to my home, there's guys like this:

Driskill
http://driskillguitars.com/
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