Meet The Founders
Owner/Lead Designer of Moxy Guitars
For more than 10 years, Anthony has been building custom guitars for himself and other artists. Anthony has a passion for custom builds and will continue matching the right guitar with the right guitarist. Each Moxy Guitar is a unique, high-end custom instrument designed by a professional player who knows the importance of the guitar being right in every way.
Anthony Gemignani dreamed of being a rock star from age 10. He started studying guitar at age 11 through private lessons in his hometown of Wilmington, DE. He knew he’d have to leave Delaware to pursue his passion for music. So, he attends one of the world’s best music schools, Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated in 1994.
After graduation, Anthony performed professionally for many years in Boston and NYC as a studio musician and live performer. He shared the stage with many of New York’s finest talent across many venues in the city. Anthony began touring nationally and internationally as a guitarist for many different artists and bands.
He’s performed with members of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Billy Joel, Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and many, many more. He’s worked on scores for movies, TV shows, and even an off-Broadway play.
Co-Owner/Sales & Marketing of Moxy Guitars
Jose is a guitarist and avid admirer of fine guitars with a 30-year background in corporate marketing, sales, management, and consulting. Basically, he’s the perfect storm for developing a premier guitar company. Jose partnered with Anthony Gemignani, his guitar mentor, to develop and expand Moxy Guitars. His vision is to make Moxy a leader in the industry of guitar design and custom building.
In the late 1960s, Jose and mother moved from Cuba to New Jersey to reunite with his father. Throughout high school and college, Jose developed a passion for film and science. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University as a pre-med student. But, in the end, he decided not to pursue a medical career, nor film. Instead, he joined the pharmaceutical industry! As his career progressed, Jose successfully led improvement initiatives within US and global markets. He’s traveled the world, continuously exceeding goals and optimizing market share. He has even had the honor of receiving the Employee of the Year award in his latest retail venture.
Through all the corporate work and public speaking, Jose remains an avid aficionado of music and film. He devotes time to acting classes and guitar lessons to keep his passion alive. He follows Jack White’s style of guitar playing and aspires to one day play guitar like Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Anthony Gemignani.
Jose remains close to his Cuban roots. He is tri-lingual (English, Spanish, and Portuguese). He has been married to Maria Elena Suros for 40 years, and they both dance a mean Salsa. They have four beautiful children and a granddaughter. But the real boss of the family is Snowy, the Bichon-Frise.
Moxy Guitars Endorsed Artist
Sophia Urista is a singer, songwriter, and actor. She is the lead singer of Rebel and The Titan. She is also the recurring frontwoman for the 9-piece brass band Brass Against. Under the guidance of coach Miley Cyrus, Sophia reached the Top 20 for season 11 of The Voice. Her musical talent was featured in the 2014 action thriller John Wick. She starred as Beth in the 2018 film Love Magical and played Golden Devine in Salesmanship (2016).
A Detroit native, Sophia moved to New York City at age 21 with $700 in her pocket and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. After singing at open mics and karaoke contests for a year, she joined the house band at The Sugar Bar in uptown New York. Through mentorship from Quincy Jones and Ashford & Simpson, Sophia began her solo career. She also hosts and performs at the Afropunk Music Fest in Brooklyn. Her musical influences include Betty Davis, Led Zeppelin, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner.