Dave Bunker 1935 – 2021

Dave Bunker
Dave Bunker
Dave Bunker


Dave Bunker died of a heart attack on Thursday morning, March 18, 2021. He was the last person to think it was his time to leave us. He was energetically preparing for another decade or more of work before him.  

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  1. I am so sorry to see this. Dave and I had our issues over the years, but I think I had a unique view into who he was. He was certainly driven by his passions. Nothing was going to stop him from making the Touch Guitar a household name. He was brilliant in a way that often goes unrecognized. He was neither hip or cool. He wasn’t one for trappings, it was the essence he was after. And that essence that he had was something quite beautiful. I wish we could have found a way to remain friends. I will always love Dave.

  2. All of here at Roman Guitars wish to express our most sincere condolences. I had several opportunities to meet and speak with Dave over the years and his wealth of knowledge and experience never ceased to impress as did his enthusiasm. We extend our sympathies to the Bunker family.

  3. He always made time for me when I would show up unannounced. I was interested in building . he would drop so much knowledge on me ,Dave should be right next to Leo fender, Rickenbacker, he was a genius . I went to school in Canada and became certified luthier because of never got a chance.to thank him ,thank you Dave

  4. I have sent several emails that were never replied to. I just got the news David had left us. Iam so sorry I got to know David.briefly as I proudly own a Bunker pro star. His son Dave junior of treker guitar built me a new neck for me. David was a true inovator of the tension free neck . One could do one handed taps and the sustain was natural and pure.i wished we had more time as I wanted to send my old neck to repaired. Here’s too the greatest guitar builder! We are lost without you David. R.I.P.

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Dave Bunker

Dave Bunker

Dave has been building guitars for more than 60 years. He has introduced many innovations that are now considered features of the finest, custom-made instruments.

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