Now here’s something you don’t see every day (any day). Check out Dave Bunker on his very own contraption, the Duo-Lectar. He seems to be part Stanley Jordan, part Michael Hedges, part WTF. According to Wikipedia (so it may well be accurate), “(Bunker’s) first, patent #2,989,884 issued in 1961, was for the ‘Duo-Lectar’ instrument, later in 1970 known as the Touch Guitar.”

Read more about Dave Bunker right here.

Samuel Clemens’ 1835 Martin is a sight to behold. The instrument, reportedly valued at over $15 million, was a constant companion of the roving author. From Guitarsite:

Mark Twain ‘gigged’ with his 1835 Martin extensively as a singer guitarist, bringing it along to his many travels. Like the main protagonist of his popular novel: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain traveled far and wide, often with only his 1835 Martin, paper and ink to accompany him.

Take a look at this beauty over at Guitarsite.

Right here.

Longtime REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has died at 65. The band’s vocalist shared the news on Facebook. Via

My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time.

Without question, Richrath’s work on “Roll With the Changes,” “Keep Pushin'” and many others is inextricably woven into the life’s soundtrack of one growing up in the Midwest, as did this author. Roll easy, Gary.


Right here.



Due to his recent news, Tony MacAlpine is on our minds. Here’s Tony showing a Carvin 7-string in the May 2001 Guitar Player. That year he released the solo album Chromaticity and appeared on the collaboration CAB 2.

Scary news from the Tony MacAlpine camp: The legendary guitarist has pulled out of scheduled tours of Australia and Asia due to health concerns. From his press release, via Guitar World:

Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week.

All the best to Tony.

Read more at GW. 

Right here.

Ahh, what one could buy with $14 million: dozens of perfectly respectable houses, 35 top-of-the-line Ferraris, 14 million scratcher cards, bringing traffic at the convenience store to a halt, or … the ten most expensive guitars ever sold, according to The Telegraph. The UK publication recently profiled ten axes that took astronomical prices at auction, including a Washburn Hawk formerly owned by Bob Marley:

This instrument is classified as a national asset by the Jamaican government and is one of the only seven guitars owned by the reggae icon.

Predictably, half of the high dollar guitars are Eric Clapton related.

Look at them all at The Guardian.

Right here.



Austin guitar wizard Eric Johnson is known as a stickler for tone, so an endorsement from him may be more meaningful than most. This Trace Elliot ad comes from Guitar Player, May 2001, appearing not long before Johnson released his website-only collection Souvenir.


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