They are excellent quality instruments that come with reproductions of De Armond 2K or Goldtone pickups.By 1986 Gibson Guitars was acquired by Harvard MBAs, Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski, bought Gibson/Epiphone from ECL/Norlin.The company was able to rid themselves of non-profitable business ventures and most of its debt to the point they were able to begin reporting profits.In 2000 the company had a contract with OEM (original equipment manufacturers) for million to supply grand pianos to Baldwin pianos.To facilitate this, a branch office was opened in 1978 in Los Angeles California.The lower production costs of Korean-manufactured instrument made them attractive to entry level buyers.By the end of this decade Hondo was selling nearly 800,000 instruments per year.And in 1973 Samick was diversified in its production and changed its name to the Samick Musical Instruments Mfg. Samick’s thrust was the export market, especially the United States.
Hyo Ick Lee founded the company as an importer of Baldwin pianos to Korea.
This was especially true in the piano market since costs of US made pianos had escalated.
In fact in 1979, Samick was building the Schumann piano brand for US households.
It is difficult to determine where these brands originated.
But it is a good guess that many of the superior, high-end guitars from were made by Samick in accordance with Gibson or Fender standards of quality.