About Bunker Basses

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Bass Guitars by Bunker Guitars. This is everything you need to know, and if there is anything else besides academic questions like the Capitol of Chile or how many years we have left to live because of global warming…please let us know.

How To Fix Worn Guitar Frets

Close Up Fret Board

Come into the weeds with Dave as he presents a Do It Yourself explanation of how to repair or replace worn guitar frets.  This was also a question posted on Quora.com. https://youtu.be/HZZVOz_8EOE

Is Mahogany The Best Guitar Wood

Mahogany Wood

Hear long-time luthier, and former logger, Dave Bunker, give his opinion about Mahogany when used to construct guitars. Is it too heavy? How is the tonality? Are there better woods?  https://youtu.be/FTBY5FutEAc

Why I Became a Luthier

Guitar Neck

Luthier is not a commonly heard name. Hear Dave Bunker talk about why he became one, and ultimately had a great impact on the guitar industry.  https://youtu.be/vTeLvdM2Z60

Value of Individual Bridges

Improving tone, cutting cross-talk by 60 percent or more, separating strings, easier tuning, cleaner sound, quicker reaction. Hear Dave answer why your guitar can benefit from Individual Bridges.   https://youtu.be/SXA5auysMnc

Are Double Necks Legit?

Bunker Touch Guitar

Country and Rock bands both use double-neck guitars. Hear Dave Bunker talk about his own experience with their use. And if you’d like to learn more about the Touch Guitar, you’ll find a lot more about its history, SPECS, and FAQs within our pages. https://youtu.be/Sw9XAnZ7SQc Photo Credits from YouTube: oleracoon, blackeyedjoe, Rush, Old Tapes

Why Tapered Guitar Necks

One of Bunker Guitars Basses Neck

Why tapered guitar necks anyway? In this video Dave Bunker explains whether this long tradition is important or not.

Parallel Guitar Strings

Parallel Guitar Strings

Parallel Guitar Strings on a straight neck make fingering easier from the first to the eighth fret by widening the distance between strings.

Capo and Guitar Necks

Guitar Capo

The guitar capo changes chord pitch on the guitar. Watch Dave Bunker as he gives his explanation.

Credit For Inventing Tapping?

Jimmy Webster

I was honored to see Stanley Jordan reply to my answer (posted on YouTube and Quora). While Jordan and van Halen did not invent tapping, they both embody the very best of its potential. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fw0jq4VAkg Photo Credits in order: Gretsch, Joe Mabel, and Carl Lender

Redd Foxx at the Golden Nugget

Redd Foxx Publicity Photo

The Dave Bunker Band, for most of the ten years at the Golden Nugget, was to do what was called swing-relief. We would do five shows a day from Wednesday through Saturday. We would then headline on Sunday going directly into the graveyard shift and get off at 6:00 am on Monday morning. We were […]

Listen To The Touch Guitar

Dave Bunker with Touch Guitar

Although Bunker Guitars today builds many different award-winning models of guitar, Dave Bunker initially developed, built and patented the precursor to the double neck Touch Guitar in 1955. Read more about the history of his tapping instrument in our pages. Young Dave was a logger in Washington State’s far northwest. But he loved to play […]

The Wishbone Bridge

Drawing of NOVA

The Wishbone Bridge eliminates the need for a trapeze style tailpiece to absorb the string tension. This unique design presents other advantages. It allows the ball end of the string to be mounted very close to the bridge’s intone point. (Note to readers: The intone point is where the bridge stops the string oscillation and […]

The NOVA Guitar

Bunker Guitars Custom Shop NOVA construction

The AT-Nova guitar is a fully hollow body archtop guitar conceived and built-in 1993. This guitar is a full range, dynamic guitar that will accommodate styles from light jazz, to country, to hard rock and roll. (You will find more information about the AT-Nova in our Custom Shop.) The AT-Nova design created considerable controversy at […]

The Importance of Tonewood (2)

Dave Bunker: Former Logger and Friend

Most of the early solid-body guitars were made out of Western Red Alder. Alder has a very rounded sound with moderate low ends and nice rich mids. Grown in the same region as Big Leaf Maple, it is a perfect match as it will vent and change with the same motion as it shrinks and […]

The Importance of Tonewood

Bunker Guitars ToneWoods Examples

At Bunker Guitars, we know that the most critical part of a guitar’s tone comes from the woods and materials that make up its construction. Because of this, we have chosen to find and process and our own wood. With the large variety of guitars available on the market today, our timber selection lets the […]

The Ibanez Connection

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Few people know that Ibanez Guitars is a Japanese company. The name sounds Spanish. Well indeed, the name comes from a small Spanish guitar firm purchased by Hoshino Gakki of Nagoya, Japan, in the early 1960s. An attempt to manufacture the U.S. made Ibanez guitar failed in the early 1990s when the Starfield line was […]

Bunker Electronic Mute System-2

Digitar Board

Since the “DuoLectar” concept was first patented in 1959, I have wanted to broaden the strings sounds for any stringed musical instrument. So, I developed such an innovation through my work on the next-generation of the DuoLectar, which later evolved into the Dave Bunker “Touch Guitar.” It first had a felt mute placed at the […]

Bunker Electronic Mute System

Unfinished Pro Star

For over 60 years, I have wanted to broaden the sound from any stringed musical instrument’s strings. I developed such an innovation due to my work on the Dave Bunker “Touch Guitar,” originally patented as the DuoLectar. I certainly do not discount the value of typical, 6+bobbin-wrapped string pickups that have been our standard for […]

Guitar Bridges

Guitar Bridge

Since their patent in the late 1950s, the Bunker Individual Bridges have gained notoriety with many famous bass guitarists’ endorsements. (See Testimonials page.) The patents for my Individual Bridge Systems were prompted by the demands of the innovative Touch Guitar, which is a tapping style of instrument. The Touch Guitar required a quicker and more […]