Dave Bunker-Biography-2005--(TM) Touch
Las Vegas in th e great 60's and 70's
Elvis--Barbara--Waylon--Merl Hagard--the Everly Brothers--Johnny Cash-- just a few of the artist Dave was able to entertain along side of
Great artist--Great times.
Washington State native DAVE BUNKER has been called the "extremist in guitar invention" by prominent guitar magazines such as Guitar World , Guitar Player and others. His new innovative instrument the (TM)Touch Guitar™ is rapidly gaining national and international popularity. In 1965 While entertaining in Las Vegas, Nevada Dave started building custom guitars and basses for his band and other top artists as well as his new invention, a new instrument called a TOUCH Guitar™..
Dave has been a resident of the Tacoma/Seattle area for over 35 years. He and his father Joe built and patented thefirst Bunker (TM)Touch Guitar in 1961, it is the second patented string instrument in the USA. The unique instrument was built with two necks; one for playing lead and the other for playing Bass. It is designed specifically for the"tapping" technique. The strings are touched or tapped instead of being plucked or strummed, allowing both necks to be played at the same time. The instrument can also play other harmonic sounds unique to the Touch Guitar™.
Dave first introduced his double necked Touch Guitar™ on Red Foley's "Jubilee USA" an ABC"Ranch Party" TV program which was being hosted at the time by Eddy Arnold who was very impressed with the Touch Guitar™ even then, in 1989 Dave Performed on the Ralph Emery show in Nashville Tn. Over the years, the design has been updated as new technology became available and is now a very dynamic "New musical instrument for the 21st century".
With three decades if experience as a guitar builder, luthier and musician, Dave Bunker has evolved into a many faceted entertainer. Dave's career includes over two decades as one of Las Vegas Nevada's top lounge acts and performed for military audiences around the world. Dave has performed along side of such greats as Barbara Mandrell, Louise Mandrell, Waylon Jennings, Judy Lynn, Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard and many others. One of Dave's more enjoyable experiences was entertaining on cruise Ships.
Over the past 30years Dave has not only built guitars and Basses for many top artist, but has also built many thousands of great guitars and basses which are now sought after by collector's. Dave is now the president of Bunker Guitar Technology of Mill Creek Washington. Another notch in Dave's career as a guitar builder was when in 1994 Ibanez Guitar company of Japan contracted for his company PBC Guitar Technology, to build high quality American made guitars for Ibanez. The ATK bass built for Ibanez was voted by the wholesaler/retailer magazine as the best bass of the year in 1995.
In June of 2000 The popular Seattle Times
Pacific Northwest Magazine did a cover story (also featured on the front
page of the Sunday edition) on the History of Dave and the (TM)Touch Guitar™. The Seattle Times picked this story to run with the opening of the
Paul Allen Experience Music guitar museum which opened June 24, 2000.
This full story can be seen at: http://www.bunker-guitars.com/media_release.html
On September 11th, 2001 Dave was booked
into New York to play for the opening of the American Crafts Museum exibit
Objects for use-Hand made by design, only to land at 8:05 on that fatefull
morning This story can be seen at http://bunker-guitars.com/news.html
\ In early 2002 Dave started a company called "Bunker Guitars and Tone Woods" of Lake Stevens Washington to form the very first from "From Stump to Stage©" Guitar company, We find and log the wood then build them into the finest guitars money can buy and perform with them on stage.
Dave continues to demonstrate the (TM)Touch Guitar™ along with other of his patented products at trade shows throughout the world and when time permits still performs at special occasions.