Five Generations of Craftsmanship & Guitar Building Experience
The Bunker family has been in the music industry for decades. Back in 1978 Dave Bunker introduced the worlds first headless guitars with a patented fine tuning system. His son David also became deeply involved in prototype and product development and construction of limited production guitars and basses
Dave has been a resident of the Tacoma/Seattle area for over 35 years. He and his father Joe built and patented the first Bunker (TM)Touch Guitar in 1961, it is the second patented string instrument in the USA. The unique instrument was built with two necks; one for playing lead and the other for playing Bass. It is designed specifically for the"tapping" technique. The strings are touched or tapped instead of being plucked or strummed, allowing both necks to be played at the same time.
Dave first introduced his double necked Touch Guitar on Red Foley's "Jubilee USA" an ABC"Ranch Party" TV program which was being hosted at the time by Eddy Arnold who was very impressed with the Touch Guitar even then, in 1989 Dave Performed on the Ralph Emery show in Nashville Tn. Over the years, the design has been updated as new technology became available and is now a very dynamic "New musical instrument for the 21st century".
With three decades if experience as a guitar builder, luthier and musician, Dave Bunker has evolved into a many faceted entertainer. Dave's career includes over two decades as one of Las Vegas Nevada's top lounge acts and performed for military audiences around the world. Dave has performed along side of such greats as Barbara Mandrell, Louise Mandrell, Waylon Jennings, Judy Lynn, Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard and many others. One of Dave's more enjoyable experiences was entertaining on cruise Ships.