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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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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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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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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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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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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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Guitar’s G string is its most dangerous part:-)
Part 4 of 4 - Agnes loses her guitar:-(
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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)
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Shades & a bandanna always add attitude to guitar playing.
Part 2 of 4 finds Agnes running her scales:-)
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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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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A sweet sister of Notre Dame sold me this guitar on a snowy night in Billings, Montana in 1971. It was an experiment based on her own design. Rumor has it … the small brass dialeetum on the bottom caused instant audio insanity. She said Mother Superior forbade such experimentation because it was uncharitable. It is apparently disconnected now … it might be just a couple of loose wires.
I like to reimagine guitars that rock as well as look great doing it! Functional art. Take a quick video tour. More to come.
Steampunk? Dieselpunk? Electroindustrial? Psychoelectro? Rat? What is it for you? Like us at www.facebook.com/TonyCochranguitars to give us your opinion and ideas. Together we create something new!
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