the great other

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.

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.

Several guitars belonging to Jeff Hanneman are currently being auctioned off on eBay. The ESP website is highlighting several of the late Slayer guitarist’s instruments including, oddly enough, a black B.C. Rich:

(T)he serial number seems to indicate it was manufactured in 1990 in the USA. The guitar features a Kahler tremolo, EMG 81 pickups, and is festooned with German phrases and names. Inside the guitar’s hard shell case, there are a number of 1/4” instrument cables, as well as an MXR Carbon Copy analog delay.

Quite the time capsule.

Check out more and follow links to the auctions at ESP.

Right here.

For every Van Halen, Led Zeppelin II or Lateralus, there exist a dozen obscure guitar gems hidden from the naked eye. To assist intrepid seekers, Guitar Player has corralled 25 such albums in a new article which points to such greats as UFO’s Obsession, Jellyfish’s masterpiece Spilt Milk and OAH by David Torn’s Spattercell:

Torn’s deft implementation shows that digital editing and guitar can coexist peacefully, and the process doesn’t have to render your guitar lifeless and sterile. His compositions may be totally off the wall, but Torn’s guitar tones are lush, organic and dripping with complexity.

Read about all 25 and listen to samples at GP.

Right here.

One man’s trash is indeed another’s treasure: The city of Detroit has an estimated 70,000 abandoned buildings, a spectrum of ruin that one man has used as a resource. Luthier Mark Wallace has begun crafting custom guitars from wood reclaimed from the city’s wasteland. From CBS News:

Decades ago the wood for the city’s buildings came from old growth forests where trees grew slowly. Wallace says the lumber has tight grain patterns and provides great resonance and sound. Each guitar is meticulously hand-crafted and is as unique as a fingerprint.

Read more and see a few of Wallace’s instruments at CBS.

Right here.

As I’ve noted variously at the Pointy Guitar Facebook and Twitter pages, the most viewed ad in the site’s history is one for the Washburn Wonderbar Tremolo System, as scanned from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, October 1985. I cracked wise in the original post that “Mssrs. Rose & Kahler had the last laugh at this ad,” but it seems Washburn’s device has a devoted underground following. In fact, PG reader Steve Sparks operates a site devoted to the tremolo, “a place to host the docs/pics I’ve found,” as he puts it.

So, take a look at some schematics, fan photos and Mr. Sparks himself rocking an ’85 Washburn at

Right here.

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