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“Synchron” electric guitar
by Tony Cochran Guitars
This electric guitar was sold to me in 1986 from the back of a primer gray 1970 Ford Country Squire station wagon at McCormick Place in Chicago. I had just showed up to tour the NAMM show and this scruffy man with Southern Comfort and peanut butter on his breath was sitting on the open tailgate humming Alice Cooper’s “Sun Arise” to himself. “Gonna’ buy a guitar in there? I gotta guitar right here … fine guitar.” Now keep in mind, when he fished it out of its mildewed duffle bag, it was caked with mud, dirty hand gunk, and cat hair. He said he modified it for brain slaying gain and his big chance had been to sell it to Randy Rhoads in 1982. After months of phone calls and run around, he finally got an appointment with the young guitarist for March 19th. They were to meet up in Leesburg just a few miles from his home in Sumterville. He claimed he heard the explosion as his cab pulled up to the gate. His big chance perished in a fireball. I bought it for the story but, after I cleaned it up, I thought its looks were killer. See more at http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/synchron-guitar.html
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Boostercaster Guitar Live at The National Guitar Museum
Video of HP Newquist, Executive Director of The National GUITAR Museum, discussing Tony Cochran Guitars and playing the Cochran “Boostercaster” guitar, which is on tour with the museum’s travelling exhibit “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World.”
Tony Cochran Guitars “Boostercaster” guitar is in The National Guitar Museum. The National GUITAR Museum was founded to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar. It is the world’s first museum dedicated to the history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar.
The NGM launched a Touring Exhibition entitled “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” that began with previews outside NYC in February 2011. The national rollout was in Orlando on June 11, 2011. The exhibit is now booked at sites across the country for the next several years. At the completion of the tour, one U.S. city will be chosen to become the permanent home of The National GUITAR Museum.
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Inhibitor Electric Guitar
by Tony Cochran Guitars
The Inhibitor electric guitar is the ultimate example of a truly crazy man’s musical instrument. Crazy is such a politically incorrect term these days, as is nuts, bonkers, looney, and a brick shy of a full load of normal. All could apply to Junior Hoskins, of West Haywood, TN. Junior was arguably the most gifted guitar player that ever lived and if he could have successfully shut off the sounds in his head, that he claimed clamored continuously, he may still be remembered with today’s greatest guitar virtuosos. Instead he rapidly chased sanity down a worm hole of no return. Every week he would add “brain fixers” to his well worn axe in an attempt to quiet what he described as “How mice would sing with no heads.” What? Early attempts, remaining on the guitar, include the Wirl-A-Way with clear Reverse chamber, a number 22-6N7G Bell Toner with Vend light, an Electra 21.83MEG that’s externally wired, and a bridge magazine that is registering “Empty” right now. The Inhibitor was installed in late summer 1971. He had mixed results, but did manage to write one more cool song which turned out to be “Out of Limits” played backwards. A good woman, and even better meds, eventually solved a lot of his problems, but they also made him abandon guitar for leather tooling. He was lousy at leather tooling. - See more at: www.facebook.com/TonyCochranGuitars
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Betty Electric Guitar by Tony Cochran Guitars
This electric guitar was named after the owner’s beloved Mother, Betty Severton, a piano teacher in Lima, Ohio. She taught lessons in her 3rd floor walk-up on an old Baldwin Acrosonic spinet piano. When she finally got evicted in 1965, for nonpayment of rent, she hired 3 high school boys to help her move it. They decided to lower it out the window with an old rope and 2 leather belts. Betty, directing from below, was flattened when 1 of the belts slipped and sent 300 pounds of unfettered spinet onto her head. Emotionally as crushed as his Mother was physically, Kyle Severton made most of this guitar out of the bits and pieces of piano he recovered as well as his Mother’s good silver pie server. He wanted her symbolically with him and she loved pie. He went on to play in several now defunct bands trying to fuse Surf Rock with Gospel. He eventually quit to lay brick. - See more:
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by Tony Cochran Guitars
The Steinlite electric guitar was found in a safe excavated from beneath the foundation of The Radio Building at 823 Kansas Ave. in Atchison, Kansas. It is rumored that Fred Stein, the genius who invented plug-in radio, was hiding it from the prying eyes of Gibson Guitar who wanted to sue him. In many ways similar to Gibson’s Les Paul model, the Steinlite differed with a bolt on neck, louvered sonic channels and also incorporated parts from his famous Grain Moisture Detector. When questioned about why an electric guitar would need moisture detecting abilities, Fred said, slyly, “You have to know when the woman you’re playing to wants you to put down the damn guitar and take care of business.” Fred was quite the kidder. It’s never been apart. I preferred to leave its rusty, crusty, industrial look undisturbed, along with any secrets its guts may spill. I can’t make anything light up on it, but then I don’t play that well.
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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.