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Joker Electric Guitar by Tony Cochran Guitars
The guy who sold me this electric guitar has a checkered past with the truth. He told me he was an art student in ‘92, spray bombing graffiti all over Detroit. He mumbled something about altered consciousness, urban decay, and cool skull drawings. On May 23, 1992, at 2 in the morning, his vagabond crew took 58 cans of linen white Rustoleum and broke into the abandoned Detroit Central Station. As he described it, he was mentally split screened on a combo of paint fumes and acid soaked ganja when he accidentally broke down the door of an abandoned property room. It was full of unclaimed crates, some thick with mold and slimy with mildew. He took the only crate small enough to pick up and left to put it in the back of his S10. He saw the cops coming and, loyal friend that he was, he split, leaving his friends there. He found this guitar inside after beating the crate apart with a hammer for 3 days. Inside also was a Mead 100 sheet college ruled notebook listing schematics, showing diagrams, and containing long paragraphs of theory. However, he needed a collage for a 2D design class, so he tore it up. We will never know why there is an “R” button, what that thing on the head is, or why the leather is so worn on the guitar. I am going to go Google “Seco, Cadillac model D, and FH0102/0 and see what I can come up with.
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Out of the Shadows - Tony Cochran has 2 new electric guitars about ready for release. Which should I finish & post first? #1 Medallion or #2 Joker. Your call! Vote under comments at www.facebook.com/TonyCochranGuitars
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40/50 Electric Guitar
by Tony Cochran Guitars
This electric guitar belonged to Zube Franz, a biker and musician from Millard County in Utah. As a teen, Zube helped his Dad build an aluminum fairinged Harley to hopefully break a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The quest ended in tragedy when his Dad got sideways at 130 mph, wadding himself and the bike into a huge ball of fast, but failed, attempt. Zube took the larger pieces of fairing detritus and used them and his Dad’s old Kolster radio to craft what he called “the perfect instrument for psycho-surfadelic music.” He thought that a good tribute to his Harley loving Dad would be devoting his life to scoring soundtracks for biker movies. Sadly, Zube had the melody sensitivity of a warped air raid siren. Davie Allan would not let him join the Arrows. Jerry and the Portraits wouldn’t even let him sit in when two of their members were incarcerated. Undaunted, Zube formed his own band, The 40/50’s, a weird name but supposedly he charged $40 to $50 per session. If you can find it, check out his work in “The Savaged and the Bludgeoned”, “Hell’s Spurned”, and “Cult Sixty Nine.” He makes Link Wray’s playing sound like a clean freak. More pics at http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/4050-electric-guitar.html
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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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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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Vilma Electric Guitar
by Tony Cochran Guitars
An unlikely event, this electric guitar was found in a chained metal locker. It was beneath the foundation of a K-Mart being torn down on Bethel Rd. in Columbus, Ohio. Even more unlikely, it had been fitted with the only known Vilma tone plate ever seen outside of photographs. Fitted snuggly between the neck and bridge pickups, a Vilma tone plate is rumored to Deandrisize all fractile sounds an infinite number of times. This results in a kind of “sonic resting” or, in other words, the mellowing of supposedly silent spaces between sound waves. I didn’t believe it either, but it sure sounds like it works to me. Does anyone know if that’s a dragon or a sea serpent around the tone controls? It would really help me to date it. - See more at: http://www.tonycochranguitars.com/vilma-electric-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
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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!
"An electric guitar found in the crawlspace of a long defunct bordello in New Orleans that carried the same name…" ……..More to come:-)
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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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