The Stolen Broadcaster Guitar

Fender Broadcaster Guitar
Dave Bunker
Dave Bunker

Founder

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. Because of those early designs, I became an associate of Leo Fender over the next decade. 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 shown here in front of her 3 neck steel guitar. 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.
Dave Bunker

Dave Bunker

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You might also enjoy

Unfinished Pro Star
Bunker Electronic Mute System

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

Guitar Bridge
Guitar Bridges

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

Epiphone Headstock
The Black Devon Guitar

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

Bunker Guitars Tension Free Neck
The Guitar Neck Sound

If the neck is truly the most critical part of your new guitar, why hasn’t it changed in the last 100+ years? Is there anything

Van Halen Portrait
Eddie Van Halen Death

Just this morning, when I opened my computer, I found out that a friend of mine, Eddie Van Halen, had just died. What a great