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Korg’s Bass Odyssey

Manufacturer of handmade bass equipment has been acquired.

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23 May 2022

Korg USA has announced that it has acquired a majority interest in Darkglass Electronics, the Finnish manufacturer of handmade bass guitar equipment. Korg USA has been serving as the U.S./Canadian distributor for Darkglass products since late 2019, and the acquisition furthers the company’s long-term strategy of growing its portfolio of brands in the bass market. In recent years Korg USA has also purchased Spector Bass and Aguilar Amplification.  The announcement was made by Korg USA Inc. President Joe Castronovo.

“This acquisition is aligned with our strategy to position Korg USA as a leader in the bass gear category,” shared Castronovo. “We have developed a deep admiration for the brand’s cutting-edge reputation of being innovative and player-centric.”

Darkglass Managing Director Marcos Barilatti will remain in his current position, overseeing the day-to-day operations and manufacturing at the Darkglass HQ in Helsinki. Since CEO Douglas Castro founded Darkglass in 2009, the company has built a reputation as one of the fastest-growing bass brands on a global level.  “As a bassist, I started Darkglass to engineer the products I always dreamed of having. Shortly after, the dream grew to become a top player in the bass segment,” stated Castro. “Having worked with Korg USA for many years and seeing first-hand their incredible work empowering the brands that have joined their group, I do not doubt that they will help fulfil all of these ambitions and beyond. As a former owner and now future user, I am incredibly excited to see the next chapter in the Darkglass story — I am sure that the best is yet to come,” added Castro. 

CONTACT

Korg USA: korg.com
Darkglass: darkglass.com
Australian Distributor: cmi.com.au
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