On this day, I had traveled from my home in Seattle and was demonstrating my newly patented DuoLectar, today popularly known as the Dave Bunker “Touch Guitar.” I was displaying its new hex single-coil pickup technology in the Mosrite/Standell Guitar/Amplifier booth. Also featured in the booth were Chet Atkins, Joe Maphis, and ten-year-old Barbara Mandrell.
This new instrument was the first DuoLectar. It was historical and the very beginning of the era of Touch Guitar/tapping performers. Leo Fender offered me $20,000 for the rights to my upcoming individual string control instruments. I politely declined his generous offer.
Several years earlier, at Olympic Music Store in Olympia, Washington, I purchased the 3rd Broadcaster ever manufactured, the predecessor to the Telecaster made by Fender. Several years later, it was stolen by a student of mine who I was teaching in Puyallup, Washington.
I was never able to find where that Broadcaster was taken. Today it would be worth a fortune. True story.