The musical instrument pickups, effects units and amplifiers designed and manufactured
by Harry DeArmond and Bud Rowe and later by Steve Tosh in Toledo, Ohio, from the 1940s to the 1980s, through Rowe Industries Inc.,
H. N. Rowe & Company, Rowe DeArmond Inc., DeArmond Inc. and Tosh Electronics, all of Toledo, Ohio, USA.

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B.C.Roe said:   October 12, 2013 5:05 pm PST
Hello, thank you for the research. I have been trying to explain the Kay confusion for years to other guitarists and techs. This sight makes it much easier. I think you might want to do more research on the Ovation pickups. I have found them identical to the Schaller made pickups available in some Hofners and many other guitars. The type of metal and finish is identical to Schaller and not Dearmond. Even the wire is Schaller style.

Claude Strass said:   July 26, 2013 6:11 pm PST
I was the CEO of Rowe from 1991 to 1994 and learned a lot of history of Rowe that I never knew.. Thank You,, Very interesting

Duncan Porter said:   March 17, 2013 11:41 am PST
Oops! In my previous message I meant to say Angela Instruments (, not "Angela Electronics"...they're a great source of new and vintage parts for reviving guitars and amps. If you like, I could provide photos of my modded H22 bass and schematics of the tone circuitry mods I applied. It isn't a purist's vintage instrument now, but it has a much more versatile tone range than with the original electronics.

Duncan Porter said:   March 17, 2013 1:03 am PST
Hello! I enjoyed looking through your site. Lots of good information about a sadly neglected part of music history. I remember wearing out pages in the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs that displayed all the Silvertone and Airline guitars with DeArmond pickups. My first electric guitar was a Harmony H22 bass purchased in 1967. It had a gold foil single-coil DeArmond pickup and it sounded wonderful. I still own it and love to play it! My daughter got interested in music and took bass guitar lessons with it...a big hit wth her instructor! My interest in guitars revived after about 30 years of not playing regularly when I decided to fix the nonworking electronics in this bass. I just knew enough to be dangerous and managed to destroy the original pickup. The search for a replacement started me on an Internet journey through the guitar building and modding community. Eventually, I found a usable DeArmond pickup at Angela Electronics (I was too ignorant at the time to buy more than one.) After a minor body modification, I had a height-adjustable single-coil that sounded even better than the original! Sure wish they still made 'em. Because of that effort, I have continued on to mod my own guitars extensively, and perform repairs, setups, and mods on many instruments for friends. Thanks to one DeArmond pickup, I have a lifelong obsession with guitars.

W. Hanlin said:   January 29, 2013 8:54 am PST
Wow! Thanks for the exhaustive research and careful documentation. In spite of the huge output from Rowe and De Armond, not much information has been in the record until this site emerged to tell the whole story. Very nicely done. The photographs are impressive and really complete the history of De Armond.

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