Guitarology 101


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He's best known as lead guitarist, and a founding member, of both The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. And although he still tours as a musician, and is always working on new licks, Randy Bachman has a full-time gig as the host of the CBC Radio program Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap -- which airs on weekend evenings.

Randy is well-known for his masterful story-telling and his voluminous musical knowledge, but also for his love for guitars. At one point he owned about three-hundred-and-seventy-five of them, including some very rare models. But in 2008, he sold his collection to the guitar-maker Gretsch, for display in the company's museum in Savannah, Ga. And he is still searchin for his Holy Grail: a late-1950s orange Gretsch guitar -- the Chet Atkins model that was stolen from him in 1976, from a Toronto hotel room.

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Randy Bachman
As a musician and producer, Randy Bachman has won more than a hundred-and-twenty Gold and Platinum music awards. But when asked which one is his most prized, he responds "The one I haven't got yet." His sparkling personality and sense of humor earned him a Silver World Medal at the New York Festivals in 2009.






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