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.

  5. My wife Marti was related to Dave through her mother Bonnie Collins. We only discovered this sad news tonight, as I was looking for some vidoes of the Bunker touch guitar to show a friend. Our condolances to the entire Bunker family and friends.

    I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dave a couple of times. I found him to be a very genuine, down to Earth guy, and our shared love of Guitars and basses made relating to one another such a breeze. I regret that I wasnt able to spend more time talking guitars and basses with this fascinating man. Life is too short, no matter what. just too short.

    Rest-in-Peace Dave ~

  6. Very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. I used to stop into his shop in Bothell and he was always friendly and gave me tours of the workshop and showed me what he was working on and let me play all the guitars I wanted. Some of those guitars were the best playing and sounding guitars I’ve ever played. He was a unique talent, and a super great guy.

  7. Hi Dave Bunker.
    Kevin Radloff writing.
    I am in Egypt as Ukraine did not work out.
    Send the guitar here?

  8. Dave was a wonderful man. He had such a positive attitude every time I saw him at his shops or even outside of them. He worked with my on my thoughts on a design / look on one of his marvelous basses and made it happen. I have perform many gigs with the bass and when people comment and ask about the guitar I simple tell them where it can from and how it came about and most of all the the great man behind it all. I only found out about his passing due to seeking to have another custom bass made. I will always remember him and I cherish the beautiful instrument that he made for me.

  9. Dave, you mad, mad genius. I think of you often, but especially tonight. I’m rebuilding my PBC GSX and marveling at the incredible innovations found everywhere on that guitar. It’s got over 1000 gigs on it. Getting ready for 1000 more. Miss you, my friend.

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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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