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16th November 2012

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Arkanacaster Guitar 
by Tony Cochran Guitars


This electric guitar was the property of Country Western star Diamond Ted Raymond of Deadtree, Arkansas. He fitted it with what he called “a harmonic deceptor”, a crude, but effective planking system that humanized bent notes. Diamond Ted specialized in a particularly nasty breed of Honky Tonk called Flinch Wailing. After it was outlawed by the state and condemned in the Catholic Telegraph, Diamond Ted went underground with his performances until his death in 1961. He passed out drunk while eating peanut butter with his hands, and squirrels ate his fingers off. He bled to death. Rumor has it … he wanted his guitar buried with him, but his lousy brother stole it from the funeral home. The deceptor doesn’t seem to work anymore, but it’s still a handsome piece.

Arkanacaster Guitar

by Tony Cochran Guitars

This electric guitar was the property of Country Western star Diamond Ted Raymond of Deadtree, Arkansas. He fitted it with what he called “a harmonic deceptor”, a crude, but effective planking system that humanized bent notes. Diamond Ted specialized in a particularly nasty breed of Honky Tonk called Flinch Wailing. After it was outlawed by the state and condemned in the Catholic Telegraph, Diamond Ted went underground with his performances until his death in 1961. He passed out drunk while eating peanut butter with his hands, and squirrels ate his fingers off. He bled to death. Rumor has it … he wanted his guitar buried with him, but his lousy brother stole it from the funeral home. The deceptor doesn’t seem to work anymore, but it’s still a handsome piece.

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17th October 2012

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                                           Smashmouth Bass guitarThis electric bass guitar was played by Philip Endicot, who worked for General Radio back in the late 40’s - early 50’s. He scavenged parts there like a fat man in a bologna factory. His real passion was a 5 piece jazz band he belonged to called “Reform School”. This was one of the first jazz groups to go electric in Concord. He would use the pilfered parts on his bass in a quest to find “smashmouth boom”. Caught stealing red handed at G.R. in ‘58, he was sent to jail where he died in a fight over cigarettes, non-filtered Pall Malls to be exact. His brother inherited the bass and stuck it in his attic until 1998 when I bought it at his garage sale. It has the ultra rare contactor, a cool dark tone reed, and the infamous type 740 capacitance test bridge that G.R. was supposedly developing for a guy named Leo in Fullerton. (Never proven.)
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                                           Smashmouth Bass guitar

This electric bass guitar was played by Philip Endicot, who worked for General Radio back in the late 40’s - early 50’s. He scavenged parts there like a fat man in a bologna factory. His real passion was a 5 piece jazz band he belonged to called “Reform School”. This was one of the first jazz groups to go electric in Concord. He would use the pilfered parts on his bass in a quest to find “smashmouth boom”. Caught stealing red handed at G.R. in ‘58, he was sent to jail where he died in a fight over cigarettes, non-filtered Pall Malls to be exact. His brother inherited the bass and stuck it in his attic until 1998 when I bought it at his garage sale. It has the ultra rare contactor, a cool dark tone reed, and the infamous type 740 capacitance test bridge that G.R. was supposedly developing for a guy named Leo in Fullerton. (Never proven.)

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12th October 2012

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Rick Springfield owns & features his 3 Tony Cochran Guitars on his new CD
                                  Songs For The End Of The World

Rick Springfield has 4 different covers, 3 with Tony Cochran Guitars and 1 with his raygun, for his new CD released October 9, 2012. Credit to Tony Cochran Guitars is on the home page of Rick’s website http://www.rickspringfield.com/s4eow/s4eow.html and inside each CD. The Separatorcaster and Coppercaster electric guitars are on 3 CD covers and the Alumicaster appears in promos. Rick says he is playing the guitars on stage and any TV he does for promo of the new CD. Tony Cochran Guitars loves working with Rick and has always been a great fan of his music. We know Songs For The End Of The World is a great hit! Grab them fast!!!
More pictures of Rick and details / pics for each of the guitars can be found on www.TonyCochranGuitars.com site at the following links:


Separatorcaster:  http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/separatorcaster.html
Coppercaster:  http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/coppercaster.html
Alumicaster:  http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/alumicaster.html

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29th September 2012

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                                             MOD-U-LINE Relic guitar                                                                        

I don’t think this electric guitar is harmful to living creatures. The Russian, Ivan S., constructed it to look similar to American guitars, but only had grainy B & W photos for reference. He inadvertently used parts and metal pirated from electronic equipment from the Chernobyl power plant after the meltdown in 1986. Playing it, he developed odd blisters on his fingers and a nagging cough. It was sold soon after his death by his Mother who was raising cash for a trip to Poland to scatter her Mother’s ashes. The guitar’s history between then and 2004 is unexplained. I bought the guitar in the parking lot at the 2004 NAMM show from some guy selling stuff out of his Windstar. I don’t think it’s still radioactive or anything. I put in a new bridge and pickups when the old ones crumbled. 

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                                             MOD-U-LINE Relic guitar
                                                                       
I don’t think this electric guitar is harmful to living creatures. The Russian, Ivan S., constructed it to look similar to American guitars, but only had grainy B & W photos for reference. He inadvertently used parts and metal pirated from electronic equipment from the Chernobyl power plant after the meltdown in 1986. Playing it, he developed odd blisters on his fingers and a nagging cough. It was sold soon after his death by his Mother who was raising cash for a trip to Poland to scatter her Mother’s ashes. The guitar’s history between then and 2004 is unexplained. I bought the guitar in the parking lot at the 2004 NAMM show from some guy selling stuff out of his Windstar. I don’t think it’s still radioactive or anything. I put in a new bridge and pickups when the old ones crumbled. 

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13th September 2012

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Shondracaster Electric Guitar
Here’s an odd electric guitar. The Spiritualist Heron Trippe built 3 Shondra platters in 1961. He named them after his wife, Shondra. They were designed to channel never before heard music into the physical world. No one was sure if he was scamming or sincere, but he claimed to have met with varying degrees of success. The one fastened to an accordian was destroyed in a bench fire at his workshop. Another is in a museum in Prague, screwed to a microphone. No one knows how it got there. This is the 3rd, attached to an electric guitar fashioned by Trippe in an effort to pick up “freak ghost chords”. Trippe died in 1963 and left no instructions on how to use it. Anyone for freak ghost chords?
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Shondracaster Electric Guitar

Here’s an odd electric guitar. The Spiritualist Heron Trippe built 3 Shondra platters in 1961. He named them after his wife, Shondra. They were designed to channel never before heard music into the physical world. No one was sure if he was scamming or sincere, but he claimed to have met with varying degrees of success. The one fastened to an accordian was destroyed in a bench fire at his workshop. Another is in a museum in Prague, screwed to a microphone. No one knows how it got there. This is the 3rd, attached to an electric guitar fashioned by Trippe in an effort to pick up “freak ghost chords”. Trippe died in 1963 and left no instructions on how to use it. Anyone for freak ghost chords?


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19th July 2012

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Tony Cochran Guitars created the Kamikazecaster guitar, commissioned by Dracula’s Cabaret in Gold Coast Australia for Dave Kume, aka Kamikaze D, lead guitarist. Dracula’s Cabaret is Australia’s longest running and most successful dinner theater … or circus! The new show, Transfusion, “features fast paced vampire variety that combines acerbic comedy, wicked burlesque, bizarre human circus and off the dial madness.” Check out the video of the wild guitar solo on the Kamikazecaster by Kamikaze D … even in an aerial act!
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Tony Cochran Guitars created the Kamikazecaster guitar, commissioned by Dracula’s Cabaret in Gold Coast Australia for Dave Kume, aka Kamikaze D, lead guitarist. Dracula’s Cabaret is Australia’s longest running and most successful dinner theater … or circus! The new show, Transfusion, “features fast paced vampire variety that combines acerbic comedy, wicked burlesque, bizarre human circus and off the dial madness.” Check out the video of the wild guitar solo on the Kamikazecaster by Kamikaze D … even in an aerial act!

VIDEO at www.facebook.com/TonyCochranGuitars

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20th June 2012

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Boston Model L guitar
This guitar was the centerpiece of Sid Howell’s traveling circus side show, The Dark Maze. People would pay a quarter to get a chance to find the exit, thereby getting their money back. Adding to the confusion of twisted halls, dead end passages, and claustrophobic ceiling heights was an interesting noise. Larry Boston would play an almost ceaseless din of wails, screeches, and moan-like arpeggios on a guitar he modified for these performances. He named the guitar after himself. The neck plate was purloined from an old cigarette machine. Some say an old tape of one of these impromptu concerts inspired Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption back in the ’80s. I doubt it.

Boston Model L guitar

This guitar was the centerpiece of Sid Howell’s traveling circus side show, The Dark Maze. People would pay a quarter to get a chance to find the exit, thereby getting their money back. Adding to the confusion of twisted halls, dead end passages, and claustrophobic ceiling heights was an interesting noise. Larry Boston would play an almost ceaseless din of wails, screeches, and moan-like arpeggios on a guitar he modified for these performances. He named the guitar after himself. The neck plate was purloined from an old cigarette machine. Some say an old tape of one of these impromptu concerts inspired Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption back in the ’80s. I doubt it.

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29th May 2012

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This bass guitar was found in the wreckage of a Greyhound bus that ran off the road in 1951. There were only 6 people on the bus … the driver, 2 very deaf women from Huntsville, Alabama, a senator from Maine with his mistress, and a 12 year old off to visit his Grandmother in Tulsa. None checked in a guitar as luggage. There was a hand written note inside the case, on a thin sheet of rice paper. It said, “IT’S NOT MINE”… . Weird.

This bass guitar was found in the wreckage of a Greyhound bus that ran off the road in 1951. There were only 6 people on the bus … the driver, 2 very deaf women from Huntsville, Alabama, a senator from Maine with his mistress, and a 12 year old off to visit his Grandmother in Tulsa. None checked in a guitar as luggage. There was a hand written note inside the case, on a thin sheet of rice paper. It said, “IT’S NOT MINE”… . Weird.

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10th May 2012

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Yes Tony Cochran Guitars are awesomely playable! Here’s the Pepperjackcaster with the hammer down in France.
Pried from the cold, gray fingers of Jack “Wild Cat” Thompson. He was found dead and naked at the seedy motel just North of Bakersfield, California in 1958. Master of the dirty Honkey Tonk, he spent his life chasing cheap women and drinking cheaper wine. Rumor has it, the device at the bottom was what he called a “Seductorator”. He said it loosened women’s inhibitions: wouldn’t say where he got it.

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Yes Tony Cochran Guitars are awesomely playable! Here’s the Pepperjackcaster with the hammer down in France.

Pried from the cold, gray fingers of Jack “Wild Cat” Thompson. He was found dead and naked at the seedy motel just North of Bakersfield, California in 1958. Master of the dirty Honkey Tonk, he spent his life chasing cheap women and drinking cheaper wine. Rumor has it, the device at the bottom was what he called a “Seductorator”. He said it loosened women’s inhibitions: wouldn’t say where he got it.

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25th April 2012

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Jess Endicott bought this guitar, sight unseen, in a crate at Booth’s Pawn Shop on East Fifth Street in Aurora Heights, Texas. Supposedly it had belonged to Zharahz, a prophet for the Apocolyptic cult known as God’s Chimes. They preached that man was bound by time only because they could not hear the sound of God. They attempted to recreate this tone at their weekly get togethers called “unstickings”. According to a note in the crate, Zharahz had fitted his electric guitar with a device that would unstick him in time, but only to the future, not back. They never head from him again.

Jess Endicott bought this guitar, sight unseen, in a crate at Booth’s Pawn Shop on East Fifth Street in Aurora Heights, Texas. Supposedly it had belonged to Zharahz, a prophet for the Apocolyptic cult known as God’s Chimes. They preached that man was bound by time only because they could not hear the sound of God. They attempted to recreate this tone at their weekly get togethers called “unstickings”. According to a note in the crate, Zharahz had fitted his electric guitar with a device that would unstick him in time, but only to the future, not back. They never head from him again.

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21st April 2012

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Guitar’s G string is its most dangerous part:-)Part 4 of 4 - Agnes loses her guitar:-(

Guitar’s G string is its most dangerous part:-)
Part 4 of 4 - Agnes loses her guitar:-(

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21st April 2012

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I know Jimi Hendrix played the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Agnes only knew it was some patriotic guitar song. (Part 3 of 4)

I know Jimi Hendrix played the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Agnes only knew it was some patriotic guitar song. (Part 3 of 4)

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21st April 2012

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Shades & a bandanna always add attitude to guitar playing.Part 2 of 4 finds Agnes running her scales:-)

Shades & a bandanna always add attitude to guitar playing.
Part 2 of 4 finds Agnes running her scales:-)

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21st April 2012

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This week I decided to combine my 2 creations, Agnes (my syndicated comic strip) and reimagined guitars. Part 1 of 4, Agnes finds a guitar in the dumpster. Sometimes I do too:-)

This week I decided to combine my 2 creations, Agnes (my syndicated comic strip) and reimagined guitars. Part 1 of 4, Agnes finds a guitar in the dumpster. Sometimes I do too:-)

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14th March 2012

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The Boostercaster Guitar has been selected to be featured in “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World,” the traveling exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum!
This guitar was found under a hidden panel in the floor of a former mental sanitarium being demolished in Weedle, Louisiana. It was wrapped tightly in oil cloth and string. There was also a note. It said “Better to just put it back, but I know you won’t. Do not touch booster while playing.” What can I say … I haven’t!
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The Boostercaster Guitar has been selected to be featured in “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World,” the traveling exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum!


This guitar was found under a hidden panel in the floor of a former mental sanitarium being demolished in Weedle, Louisiana. It was wrapped tightly in oil cloth and string. There was also a note. It said “Better to just put it back, but I know you won’t. Do not touch booster while playing.” What can I say … I haven’t!

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