Samick is the name of a Korea-based musical instrument manufacturer, one of the largest in the world.


The name refers to the entire Samick Music Corporation, which owns several manufacturers of pianos, guitars, and other instruments. The company started as ‘Samick Pianos’ in 1958, manufacturing pianos sold under the Samick name.

In 1992, Samick built its P.T. Samick factory in Cileungsi, near Bogor, Indonesia. This factory produces the majority of instruments that Samick makes. With factories in various Asian countries, Samick manufactures a large share of all electric guitars on today’s market, mostly for other brands.

Samick Musical Instruments have always made a wide range of guitars, from starter models to professional instruments. The Samick Artist series, for example, are known as high-quality guitars; they were made under the Samick name from the mid-1980s till the late-’90s. Since 1999 the electric guitars made by Samick no longer carry the Samick name; they are now called Greg Bennett Guitars. Some other brands Samick builds guitars for are Epiphone,Squier, Washburn, and Hohner.


Samick also has a wide range of pianos. Its acoustic piano brands include Samick, Pramberger, Wm. Knabe & Co., Sohmer & Co., Kohler & Campbell, and GebrГјder Schulze; and it has digital piano brands of Kohler and Symphonia. It attempted to acquire Young Chang, but the merger was not approved by the government. Samick also sells pianos to the German C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik who is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Major shareholders are Karl Schulze and Samick (19,5%) of South Korea.

In addition, Bechstein and Samick have a joint venture factory in Shanghai, China. In October 2008, Samick announced its purchase of Seiler, another German piano company, that is generally agreed to compete with Bechstein at both price point and overall quality. The announcement raises questions about the continued viability of the relationship between Samick and Bechstein.

Taken from Wikipedia.

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