Glasser Bows: Our History
The history of Glasser Bows is
one that combines this total commitment to quality with a passion for
innovation. Our company traces its roots
back to 1938, when Leon Glasser began handcrafting wooden bows in his small
Bronx, New York workshop. Much has changed since that time. Glasser has progressively replaced wood with
synthetic materials, first with fiberglass, then carbon fibre. Our patented braided carbon fibre process
remains unique to Glasser Bows.
Our company has been responsible
for many "firsts" that have revolutionized bow making. In 1962, Leon
Glasser and his son Ray invented the fiberglass bow, and were awarded a patent
for their work in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan, ushering in the
era of the synthetic bow.
Meanwhile, CNC machinery has
brought new levels of precision and consistency to the bow making process. Our state of the art facility in Baja
California has expanded our capacity to provide faster service and shorter lead
times, including the reconditioning of used bows.
Still, there are some things
about Glasser Bows that have remained unchanged. Our commitment to excellence
is as strong as ever. Our company is
still based in the Bronx where all of our high-end custom bows are produced and
all Glasser bows are subject to very strict quality control. Glasser bows are
made to conform to the strictest standards under the supervision of Leon's
grandson Andrew Glasser, who heads our business today.
Glasser Bows believes strongly
in the quality of our products. With all bows made in our own North American
facilities, we offer a limited lifetime warranty against any manufacturer’s
defects on all Glasser bows. This guarantee does not cover normal wear on
horsehair or damage caused by abuse or neglect. We take pride in our products and will always
make sure our customers are completely satisfied with their bows!
Responding to requests from our
customers, Glasser has continued to diversify its product line by adding a full
range of accessories, including composite tailpieces, Planetary Pegs, music stands
and tuners, and bass transport wheels. We
are also the exclusive North American importer of the world renowned Larsen
strings, which also includes the Magnacore, Crown, Tzigane, and Virtuoso brands.
Glasser will continue to lead
the way in the future, bringing innovative ideas to bow making. Our devoted
customers would expect nothing less from the company that has set the standard
for excellence in stringed instrument bows for over seventy-five years.