Why Tapered Guitar Necks

One of Bunker Guitars Basses Neck

Why tapered guitar necks anyway? In this video Dave Bunker explains whether it 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.

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

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 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 […]

The Stolen Broadcaster Guitar

Fender Broadcaster Guitar

In 1962 I brought my guitar ideas to Leo Fender at a Chicago NAMM Show hosted by my friend Irby Mandrell, father of 10-year-old Barbara, later to become the famous country music star. (Shown in a photo taken at the Namm Show in front of her three neck guitar.) Because of those early designs, I […]

The Black Devon Guitar

Epiphone Headstock

In many ways, this luthier/guitar/music history story began nearly 400 years ago in England’s Old Country. I believe an awareness deeply embedded in my spirit may have set me on the path to accepting guitars and music in my life. It has been an incredible journey that has been with me throughout my life. I […]