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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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Mercy Bass Guitar
By Tony Cochran Guitars
Some have told me this electric guitar is not the infamous “Mercy Bass.” I beg to differ. The Mercy Bass supposedly began life as a P-Bass. This one has the right shape. The Mercy was abandoned as unclaimed mail at the Pontotoc Post Office in Pontotoc, Mississippi. I bought this in Algoma, which isn’t far from there. The Mercy got its name from an old Blues group consisting of a drummer, a lead guitar player, and a guy named Erson “Skunkbutt” Flowers who screamed “Mercy” in a guttural, but lyrical, way to announce every song change. He narrowly missed dying one night when a shotgun blast hit his bass instead of his upper intestinal area. He threw the gutshot guitar at the shooter and ran. The attacker received a concussion from the impact and never regained his memory or any functional socialization skills. He was institutionalized and monkeyed around with this bass in the shop for the rest of his days, repairing it with odd bits he found around the Roberson Home for the Criminally Insane. I think this is the Mercy Bass.
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Mercy Bass Guitar by Tony Cochran Guitars
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Strobotac electric guitar by Tony Cochran Guitars
Tony Cochran was checking Plevido levels before shipping the Strobotac guitar to its new master guitarist in New York. http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/strobotac.html
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Jynx Electric Guitar by Tony Cochran
This electric guitar is twice jinxed. Andrew “Fish” Cook bought a charred guitar body from a street vendor in Arkesden, Essex in 1994. The seller claimed it had been salvaged from a 1991 house fire where a famous Rock musician perished. The entire right side had been burnt to a crisp, so Andrew fashioned a prosthetic control area using a 1949 Sunbeam hedge trimmer his uncle had given to him in a box of junk. Sometime in 2001, the police came looking for the box because his now deceased uncle had been implicated in a murder cover-up. According to the detective, the unearthed body looked like “it had been hacked up with a weedwacker”. Andrew told him there was nothing in the box that would be helpful, so they left. He thought about the crusty dark bits he had chipped off the trimmer, sold the guitar, and bought a drum set.
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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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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
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This electric guitar was found in the crawl space of a long defunct bordello in New Orleans that carried the same name. It is so flashy it could be mistaken for a 15th century religious artifact. Rumor is it belonged to Geoff Diedraugh, a purveyor of the “Creole Crush”, a wicked version of the blues. The “Creole Crush” was outlawed for “all public performance or as payment in kind”. No one knows what that means, but that’s how it’s still worded in municipal code. Geoff was a scofflaw who played it anyway and his rendition of “Sadie’s Gotta Hammer” got him arrested. He died in prison before he ever got a chance to retrieve the LightHouse guitar for an encore. You should see the weird photo that was in the case with it. Goes with the guitar if you want to see it.
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LightHouse Electric Guitar by Tony Cochran Guitars
LightHouse electric guitar - new creation by Tony Cochran!
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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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IonoGlobe electric guitar by Tony Cochran Guitars
The most unique feature of this electric guitar is the fully wired metal ball right by the neck. Farber Endison played this guitar in the late 50’s for a band called The Bubble Tops. Their specialty was car oriented Rock-a-billy music before anyone wanted to hear it. When Farber’s Uncle, Gropper T. Endison, was on safari in what is now known as Namibia, he had nearly been hit by a baseball size metal ball that fell from he sky. (This stuff still happens there. Google it.) He gave it to Farber claiming he could no longer bear the noises it made in his head. Farber’s brother, Clayton, a hypothetical electrical genius, wired it to the guitar and told Farber that it would enhance the almost inaudible, and probably imagined, sounds emanating from the orb. It was probably not true. What we do know is that soon after, Farber grew out his hair, quit wearing shoes, and would only play the guitar in a cave found in the mountains behind his parents’ house. He was found dead in 1965, deep in the cave with the guitar in his lap. There was a partially eaten sandwich and the diagram for five never before heard chords. To this day Clayton will not release them to the public.
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Angel 199 - Tony Cochran Guitars
This electric guitar was supposedly purchased in Rio de Janeiro, under odd circumstances, around April or May of 1965. I love it but can’t wait to get rid of it. The guy who bought it said there had been a horrible train wreck down there and the old woman who found it in the aftermath, crated and intact, couldn’t wait to get rid of it either. He sold it to me because HE couldn’t wait to get rid of it. He didn’t have the crate anymore, but said it had a broken seal from a Lithuanian monastery. There is a medallion of St. Michael below the bridge and the number 199 on a tag above the bridge pickup. It’s not clear why. I have no instructions on how to operate the wild circuitry, but it’s pretty. The guitar plays nice, but you don’t want it sitting out if you are by yourself. Play it when other people are with you or you’ll be the next one who can’t wait to get rid of it.
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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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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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