banjos, dobros, ukuleles and an organ made by the company. He collected these instruments from many music stores, pawn shops and garage sales that he would visit during his 30 years of touring. The collection is worth several million dollars. His collection includes a mint 1958 prototype of The Country Gentleman guitar that is still in its factory wrapping.
|A very young Lenny Breau|
He later saw pictures of Chet Atkins and Scotty Moore playing Gretsch guitars and he had to have one.
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Bachman notified the police. Word got around that Bachman was looking for his Gretsch 6120 and folks started bringing Gretsch guitars to him. Many of these did not even fit the description, but Bachman started buying them as they came to him.
Eventually he had amassed quite a collection.
Guys would go backstage and show him their guitars. He’d play them and offer them some of the money he’d saved.
At the end of the night he was going to give it back to the kid, but the kid thought he was going to trade guitars with him. At that point he asked someone to write out a bill of sale and gave the kid all the money he had in his pocket which was $72 for the guitar.
This is the guitar that is heard on American Woman and many of the Bachman Turner Overdrive recordings. Randy recently had that guitar appraised. With it’s provenance he was told that it was now worth over a million dollars.
This '59 Les Paul "burst" is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. It is one of the few Les Paul guitars made with a Bigsby vibrato as original equipment.
He left the Strat pickup in the center. He played this guitar on You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet and Let It Ride.
For many years there has been a tradition of traveling circuses in some countries that had a clown greeting people and acting as master of ceremony. These clowns would play guitar as they greeted spectators. He says the Clown guitar is a masterpiece.
This one is a Hoyer Bianca. It has lightening bolt sound holes. It is one of Hoyer’s top of the line models.
She told him that she could get him a new Gold Top with the same sound as his vintage instruments, but it only weighed around eight pounds. He promised that if she could come up with a guitar like that, he would play it on stage.
Randy Bachman not only has a collection of guitars, but also has amplifiers and recording gear that he has used throughout the years.
|"Gar" Garnet Gillies|
However most of the available amps were Fender amplifiers and the pre-amp just did not sound right with the Fenders. So Gar got some parts from Heathkit and built an amplifier to go along with the pre-amp unit. The resulting amplifer and its sustain feature is the sound heard on American Woman, No Time and other Guess Who songs.
Randy and Gar decided they needed a name to go on the amplifier. Bachman was reading a book at the time that said Herzog across the cover and decided that was the name for the amplifier.
Later on Gar went into business for himself and built amplifiers and cabinets with the name Garnet on their fronts.
|John Johnson - Digitech/DOD|
The Sunn head had its own preamplifier and allowed him to create the same type of effect he did with his "Herzog" amplifier and preamp.