Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
|Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal|
Bumblefoot performing live with Guns N' Roses in Helsinki Finland on June 5, 2010.
|Birth name||Ronald Jay Blumenthal|
|Also known as||Bumblefoot
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
September 25, 1969 |
New York City
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, Grunge, Alternative Rock, Avant-garde, Progressive rock, Film scores|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, guitarist, producer, photographer, actor|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals|
|Labels||Bumblefoot Music, LLC|
|Associated acts||Art of Anarchy, Cilver, Guns N' Roses, Lita Ford, Salem|
|Several Vigier custom models
Gibson Les Paul
Ronald Jay "Ron" Blumenthal (born September 25, 1969), better known by his stage name Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, is an American guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and producer. Thal adopted the name Bumblefoot from the bacterial infection of the same name, which he learned about while helping his wife's review for her veterinary exams. The Bumblefoot name went from being just the name of an album, to the name of a record label, to a band name, to eventually his name as a solo artist. He is one of the co-lead guitarists in Guns N' Roses (along with DJ Ashba) and performs on their sixth studio album Chinese Democracy. Since the early 90s, Thal has released 10 CDs and a live DVD.
Thal has appeared as a guest performer on other albums and on numerous compilation CD's. Thal has been the cover feature of several international guitar magazines, as well as the subject of many print, radio and web interviews. Over the past twenty years, Thal has also worked with numerous bands and artists as producer, engineer, writer, arranger and performer. He also writes TV jingles, theme songs and background music.
Raised Jewish, Thal grew up in Brooklyn and then Staten Island, in the Bay Terrace neighborhood. Thal was inspired by Kiss and their album Alive! at age six, Thal claimed his earliest musical goal was to be able to play "like Gene Simmons if someone decided to do a Kiss version of Beatlemania". At the time his hands were too small to play bass, so he focused on guitar, while his brother, Jeff, played drums instead. Thal stated that he figured out multi-track recording by using multiple cassette recorders at age six.
By the time Thal was thirteen years old, he was playing cover songs in clubs, later focusing on creating original material on his home 8-track. By sixteen, Thal had started engineering and producing music. When he was eighteen, Thal won his first award, winning a Sam Ash Guitar Solo Contest after playing a spontaneous solo. He played in a New York-based band called 'Legend' in the late 1980s. Thal also played in a covers band named after Leonard Nimoy.
In 1989, Thal submitted a demo tape to Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records, which caused Varney to feature Thal in the Spotlight New Talent column in Guitar Player Magazine's August 1989 issue. Upon hearing the demo, Varney comented "[Thal's] demo tape is amongst the most impressive I've ever received. It contains elements of classical, blues, and jazz, and at times reminds me of Frank Zappa. His transcriptions are most impressive and detailed, so fans of hot transcriptions might be interested in seeing these musical masterpieces on paper. With its clever melodies, contrapuntal lines, intricate rhythms, and ultra-complex ensemble sections, Ron's sheer musicality will surely gain him much acclaim." In 1993, Guitar Network Magazine described Thal's playing as "Ridiculous... in a good way".
Guns N' Roses
After a recommendation by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, Thal auditioned for Guns N' Roses in 2004, but turned down the invitation to join the band. Thal reconsidered the offer and joined Guns N' Roses in 2006, filling the position vacated by guitarist Buckethead. Thal made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006 and he also performs on the bands sixth studio album Chinese Democracy, released in 2008. Thal appeared on the Guns N' Roses video release Appetite for Democracy 3D, including a solo spot of his song "Objectify" from Abnormal.
In a 2013 interview, Thal mentioned that when he first joined the band, he was not welcomed by other members who didn't want a third guitarist in the band. He claimed that he had to "get a little violent" to gain other member's respect.
In Late 2014, Thal announced that he was 'focusing on his solo career'. In an interview promoting his solo album, when asked about Guns N' Roses, he said he was "avoiding the whole subject [right now]".
In February 2015, Thal stated that he was "honoring a request to not make any public statements" about his status with Guns N' Roses, adding that it "continues to put me in a very awkward position that I don't want to be in. Not how I do things, repeatedly taking the bullet on this one." Thal explained further with, "Let folks know I'm not being forced ... It's on me, I've been trying to please both sides at the same time that have a different approach to things, and everyone loses a little in the process — that's on me, not them [Guns N' Roses management]."
Thal's song "Firebrand" was used as the opening theme for the TV show MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge), the American adaptation of Takeshi's Castle. He has also co-written and performed the theme song to VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, an edit of his song "Day To Remember" on his Forgotten Anthology album. Thal has licensed several of his recordings to television shows on MTV and VH1 such as Hogan Knows Best, The Real World, Made, The Osbournes, and others. Thal also wrote and recorded the music for the New York Islanders Hockey Team 2008–2009 season promos.
In 2006, Thal's song "Breaking", from the album Normal, was contributed to the album project Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions, to assist World Vision Canada in helping underprivileged kids in need.
In 2007, after 14 months of recording and touring with Guns N' Roses, Thal began recording his Abnormal CD. During this time, Thal also recorded and mixed the audio of live performances on the TV show Talking Metal On Fuse. Thal performed a cover of "Running Wild" by Judas Priest along with Frank Ferrer on the pilot episode. Thal also performed on the final episode of the show, accompanying Zakk Wylde in an original song "Til the End" written live on the show. In July 2008 Thal released the Abnormal CD. In November Chinese Democracy was released, with Thal hosting the listening party in NYC. In December 2008 Thal released Barefoot – The Acoustic EP, which consists of stripped-down acoustic versions of songs from his previous albums. Thal had fans choose one of the songs he would record.
In February 2009, Thal produced an all-instrumental metal guitar compilation CD entitled Guitars That Ate My Brain. He oversaw the writing, recording and mixing for half the album (co- writing, engineering and mixing as well as guitar and bass playing by Jeremy Krull, drums by Dennis Leeflang), contributed his playing to the song "Disengaged" and mastered the album. Other artists on the album include Devin Townsend, Chris Poland, Shane Gibson, Dave Martone, Paul Waggoner, and James Murphy.
In December 2009, Thal began touring with Guns N' Roses on the Chinese Democracy World Tour.
Thal's 1995 debut studio album, The Adventures of Bumblefoot, after being out of print for years, was re-released in August 2010 as a 15 Year Anniversary Edition CD. In commemoration of the Anniversary Edition release, a 200-page transcription book of the recording was also released which Thal himself transcribed. In October 2010, Thal took time out while on tour with Guns N' Roses to give advice and perform with students of The Witchwood School Of Rock in Witney, UK along with Guns N' Roses drummer Frank Ferrer. During the event they played several classic Guns N' Roses tracks, including "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" with members of a tribute band.
From January 2011 through December 2011, Thal released a series of singles available as digital downloads, five covers and four original songs. Thal's first single was a cover of the 1967 Motown hit "Bernadette" by The Four Tops. His next single was another cover, this time The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever". Thal released his third single, an original song called "Invisible" in March 2011. Thal claims that he wrote the music of the song in the mid 1990s, and finished adding lyrics in 2010. In April 2011, Thal released a cover of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Thal released another original song in May 2011 entitled "Father", a song dedicated to his father who had Alzheimer's disease.
Thal released his sixth single, an original song called "Cat Fight", in June 2011 featuring Mark Tornillo of the band Accept on vocals. In July 2011, Thal released a cover of the Herman's Hermits song "There's a Kind of Hush", his seventh single released in 2011. In September 2011, Thal released the eight single, an original song "Let Your Voice Be Heard". In December 2011, Thal released the ninth and final single in the series, a cover of "The Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini.
In 2014, Thal formed a band with John Moyer, Jon Votta & Vince Votta entitled Art of Anarchy with an album set for Spring 2015. Scott Weiland provided vocals for the debut album, but later distanced himself from the project, stating he was 'never in the band'. Weiland claimed "I [just] sang over these stereo tracks and then sent [them] back."
Thal's most recent solo album Little Brother Is Watching was released on February 24, 2015. The first single, "Little Brother Is Watching" was debuted on Yahoo! Music on January 28, 2015. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Bumblefoot himself in his in-home studio, and features Dennis Leeflang on drums.
Thal has acted in & scored the soundtrack for several independent horror films. He portrayed Thunder in The Meat Puppet in 2012, also contributing to the soundtrack. In 2013, Thal portrayed Mitch Casell in Gravedigger, as well as scoring the soundtrack. Thal is set to score the soundtrack and portray Jack Hayes in the upcoming film Clean Cut, set for release in 2016.
Thal is involved with multiple charities, including being on the board of directors of the MS Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research. Thal has also teamed up with CaJohns Fiery Foods to release a brand of hot sauces, with proceeds going to women's health organizations.
In June 2011, Thal was involved in a car accident that totaled his car. Thal suffered severe injuries, stating in a 2012 interview "I was brain damaged for about a month, I couldn’t speak right, I couldn’t raise my arms. I went to physical therapy" and that "I’m not recovering, and I probably never will." In constant pain from his injuries, Thal had to combine over-the-counter drugs and pain killers with alcohol and steroids in order to tour. In late 2011, Thal chose to tour instead of take time off to heal in order "keep Guns N' Roses alive", later stating the decision resulted in him having nerve damage in both arms in addition to chronic pain 'for the rest of [his] life'. In a 2013 interview, Thal mentioned attempting suicide by drinking himself to death while on tour in 2011, stating "when you torture yourself for a year - post traumatic stress is a real thing, and to have been completely disassociated and becoming very reckless and destructive - getting past that was a really tough time". Thal changed his diet in order to cope with the chronic pain, stating "Food did what medicine couldn't. And I realized that food is the best medicine. When you eat the right things for your body, it'll make more of a difference than any medication could ever do."
|As Ron Thal|
|1995||The Adventures of Bumblefoot|
|2010||The Adventures of Bumblefoot (15 Year Anniversary Edition)|
|2004||Live at the RMA (DVD Release)|
|2008||Barefoot – The Acoustic EP|
|2011||Bernadette (First song in a series of digitally released singles – January 2011)|
|2011||Strawberry Fields Forever (Second song in a series of digitally released singles – February 2011)|
|2011||Invisible (Third song in a series of digitally released singles – March 2011)|
|2011||Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Fourth song in a series of digitally released singles – April 2011)|
|2011||Father (Fifth song in a series of digitally released singles – May 2011)|
|2011||Cat Fight (Sixth song in a series of digitally released singles June 2011)|
|2011||There's A Kind of Hush (Seventh song in a series of digitally released singles – July 2011)|
|2011||Let Your Voice Be Heard (Eighth song in a series of digitally released singles – September 2011)|
|2011||The Pink Panther Theme (Ninth song in a series of digitally released singles – December 2011)|
|2015||Little Brother Is Watching|
|With Guns N' Roses|
|2014||Appetite for Democracy 3D|
|With Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers|
|2013||Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers featuring Bumblefoot|
|With Art of Anarchy|
|2015||Art of Anarchy|
|2001||Jessica Simpson (Hex Hector club mix)||"Irresistible" – CD single||Guitarist and co-engineer|
|2003||Q*Ball||Q*Ball in Space||Guitar and backing vocals|
|2004||Various Artists||Shawn Lane Remembered Vol 2||Guest fretless guitar solo on Richard Daude's song "From the Inside"|
|2004||Mistheria||Messenger of the Gods||Guest guitar solo in the song "Dynasty of Death"|
|2005||Phi Yann-Zek||Solar Flare||Guest guitar solo in the song "Psychometamorph" – (Thal on synth guitar – right channel)|
|2005||Q*Ball||Fortune Favors The Bald||Guitar and backing vocals|
|2005||Freak Kitchen||Organic||Guest vocals and fretless guitar on the song "Speak When Spoken To"|
|2005||Christophe Godin||Metal Kartoon||Guest fretless guitar solo on the song "Metal Kartoon"|
|2005||Julien Damotte & Fufux||Papa NoHell (unreleased)||Guest guitar solo on Christmas song 'Papa NoHell' by Julien Damotte & Fufux|
|2006||Mike Orlando||Sonic Stomp||Guest fretless guitar solos on the song "Game Over"|
|2006||24-7 Spyz||Face The Day||Guest guitarist|
|2006||Guthrie Govan||Erotic Cakes||Guest fretless guitar solos on the song "Rhode Island Shred"|
|2007||Various Artists||The Alchemists II||Guest fretless guitar solo on Terry Syrek's song "Threehundredpointtwentyone"|
|2007||Q*Ball||This Is Serious Business||Guitar and backing vocals|
|2007||Jordan Rudess||The Road Home||Guitar solo on "Tarkus" (@19m10s) & fretless guitar solo on "Just The Same" (@3m22s)|
|2009||Orelsan||Perdu D'avance||Guest guitar solo on the song "La Peur De Lechec"|
|2009||Swashbuckle||Back To the Noose||Guest guitar solos on the songs "Cruise Ship Terror" and "Rounds of Rum"|
|2009||Various Artists||OCC Rocks||Performed with Orange County Choppers Band – guest guitar solo on the song "Cold Sweat"|
|2009||Various Artists||We Wish You A Metal Christmas EP||Guest guitar solo on the song "Frosty the Snowman"|
|2010||Liberty N' Justice||Light It Up||Guest guitar solos on the song "Wrestling With God"|
|2010||Ty Tabor||Something's Coming||Guest guitar solo on the song "Free Yourself"|
|2010||Indestructible Noise Command||Bleed the Line||Guest guitar solo on the song "Rain"|
|2011||Scarlet Haze||Reach Down||Laid music tracks for the song "Reach Down"|
|2011||Fredrik Pihl||Silhouettes||Guest guitar solo on title track "Silhouettes"|
|2011||Rick Devin||Tush (Single)||Guest guitar solo on the track "Tush"|
|2011||Various Artists||Embrace the Sun (Japan Tsunami Relief CD)||Guest guitar solo on Milan Polak's song "End of Time"|
|2011||Plug-In||Hijack||Guest guitar solo on the song "Ron to the Hill"|
|2011||Don Jamieson||Live And Hilarious||Introduction|
|2011||Various Artists||Guitar Addiction, Vol. 1||Guitar solo on "Cacophusion"|
|2011||ElixirOnMute||The Last Halloween||Guitar solo on the "Hourglass"|
|2012||Scarface||Work Ethic||Guitar on "Intro", "Hard In the Ghetto", & "Cold Blooded" (acoustic & rock mixes). Also engineered final mixes & mastering.|
|2012||Madonagun||Grovel At Her Feet||Guitar Solo on "Bloodlust"|
|2012||Liberty N Justice||The Cigar Chronicles||Guitar Solo on "Stuck In the Middle"|
|2012||Rick Stitch||LIV4EVR single||Guitar Solo on "LIV4EVR"|
|2013||Cilver||In My Head||Guitar solo on "In My Head"|
|2013||The Feckers||It's Be Rude Not To||Guitar solo on "Minus"|
|2013||Russ Dwarf||Wireless||Guitar solo on "Driftin' Back"|
|2013||Mattias Eklundh||Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord||Guitar solo on "Special Agent Bauer"|
|2015||DMC Generation Kill||Lot Lizard (feat. Bumblefoot) - Single||Guest guitar & production on "Lot Lizard"|
|1992||Various Artists||Ominous Guitarists From the Unknown||Includes "Chopin Fantasie." Co-produced "Story Teller" by Rich Kern|
|1992||Various Artists||Guitar on the Edge No. 2||Includes "The Shuck Duffle" (renamed "Blue Tongue" on The Adventures of Bumblefoot)|
|1993||Various Artists||Guitar on the Edge No. 3||Includes "Love Soup"|
|1994||Various Artists||Guitar on the Edge No. 4||Includes "Bumblefoot" from The Adventures of Bumblefoot|
|1996||Various Artists||SEGA Power Cuts 1||Includes songs from the Sega CD video game Wild Woody soundtrack|
|1996||Various Artists||Super Guitar Heroes Vol. 1, 2, & 3||Includes "Chopin Fantasie" (OGFTU), "Blue Tongue" & "Rinderpest" (The Adventures of Bumblefoot)|
|1997||Various Artists||Ondes De Choc||Includes "Hermit" and "Freak" from Hermit|
|1997||Various Artists||Hard Beats From Hell||Includes the title track from Hermit|
|1998||Various Artists||Guitar & Bass No. 50||Includes "Chair Ass" from Hands|
|2000||Various Artists||Rock Sound, Volume 45||Includes "T-Jonez" from Uncool|
|2001||Various Artists||Fretless Guitar Masters||Includes "Lost" and "RayGun" from 9.11|
|2002||Various Artists||The Alchemists||Includes "Mafalda" from Forgotten Anthology|
|2003||Soundtrack||Outlaw Volleyball: Music From The Game||Includes "Meat" from Forgotten Anthology|
|2005||Various Artists||Village of the Unfretted||Includes "Mafalda" from Forgotten Anthology|
|2006||Various Artists||Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids||Includes "Breaking" from Normal|
|2006||Various Artists||CMJ – On Air, Vol. 12||Includes "Rockstar for a Day" from Normal|
|2008||Various Artists||FMQB – SubModern #021 Specialty Show Sampler||Includes title track from Abnormal. Also mixed and co-produced|
|2009||Various Artists||Guitars That Ate My Brain||Includes the song "Disengaged." Also mixed, co-produced and mastered|
|2009||Various Artists||This Is Shredding, Vol. 1||Includes "Blue Tongue" from The Adventures of Bumblefoot. Also mixed and co-produced|
|2014||Various Artists||Rock 2 Live, Vol. 1||Includes "Let Your Voice Be Heard" and "Normal".|
|2000||Various Artists||Crushing Days – A Tribute To Joe Satriani||Tribute to Joe Satriani CD. Covered "Always With You, Always With Me"|
|2001||Various Artists||Warmth in the Wilderness – A Tribute to Jason Becker||Performed a duet solo with guitarist Mike Chlasciak for the song "Out Jam"|
|2002||Lounge Brigade||Sabbath in the Suburbs: The Lounge Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath||Thal, as balladeer crooner "Herbert 'Ruffles' Lovecraft", sings Iron Man, Paranoid and Bark at the Moon|
|2002||Lounge Brigade||The Sweet Sounds of Slim Shady: The Lounge Tribute to Eminem||Thal, once again, as crooner "Herbert 'Ruffles' Lovecraft" and also as "Checkers Goldstein". Songs include "Without Me", "Cleaning Out My Closet" "My Name Is" and "Soldier"|
|2003||Lounge Brigade||The Lounge Below: The Lounge Tribute to Outkast||A lounge-style tribute to Outkast. Produced by Thal and featuring "Herbert 'Ruffles' Lovecraft" on vocals|
|2004||Various Artists||The Spirit Lives On – The Music of Jimi Hendrix Revisited, Volume 1||Covered "Fire". (With Dennis Leeflang on drums)|
|2013||Various Artists||A World With Heroes - A KISS Tribute||Vocals and Guitars on "Detroit Rock City"|
|2013||Various Artists||Thriller - A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson||Guitar on "Beat It"|
|1987||AWOL||AWOL – EP||Thal's six-song EP of his band Awol|
|1995||Soundtrack||Wild Woody SEGA CD video game||Composed and performed entire soundtrack|
|2002||Carlin Music Publishing||Library CD #331 Alternative: Punk vs. Nu-Metal||Songs written by Thal exclusively for Carlin Publishing|
|2003||Soundtrack||Outlaw Volleyball Xbox video game||Music includes "Meat" from Thal's Forgotten Anthology CD|
|2004||Soundtrack||Test Drive: Eve of Destruction PlayStation 2 video game||Music includes Thal's "American Rock-n-Roll" from Carlin Music Publishing's Alternative: Punk vs. Nu-Metal CD|
|2005||Carlin Music Publishing||Library CD #356 Rap & Hip Hop||Songs written by Thal exclusively for Carlin Publishing|
|2010||Soundtrack||Rig 'N' Roll PC video game||Music includes Thal's "American Rock-n-Roll" from Carlin Music Publishing's Alternative: Punk vs. Nu-Metal CD|
|1996||Boiler Room||Low Society||Engineered / Produced. Self-released debut CD of NYC nu-metal band|
|1996||Various Artists||God Shave the Queen||Engineered / Produced, co-wrote, Performed bass, guitar, keys|
|1996||Indecision||Unorthodox||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1997||Inhuman||Evolver||Engineered / Co-produced. NYC band's first full-length CD|
|1998||Indecision||Most Precious Blood||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1998||Evoken||Embrace the Emptiness||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1998||Various Artists||Lost Voices||Engineered / Produced. Tribute album to Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. Produced the group Tyris performing the Doors' song "Love Her Madly"|
|1999||Future Chicken Farmers||Future Chicken Farmers||Engineered / Co-produced|
|1999||Pat O'May||Breizh / Amerika||Co-engineered / Produced|
|1999||Inhuman||Rebellion||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2000||Various Artists||Hell Rules 2 – A Tribute To Black Sabbath||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2000||Anomos/Stealth||From Here On...||Engineered / Co-produced, mixed and mastered. Performed guitar, choir arrangements|
|2000||Various Artists||Crushing Days – A Tribute To Joe Satriani||Engineered / Produced|
|2000||Evoken||Quietus||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2002||The Wage of Sin||Product of Deceit And Loneliness||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2001||Most Precious Blood||Nothing in Vein||Engineered / Produced|
|2001||One Second Thought||Self Inflicted||Engineered / Co-produced|
|2002||Troy Kurtis (former of Menudo)||Demo||Engineered / Produced. Co-writing, performed all music|
|2002||Q*Ball||In Space||Engineered / Co-produced / Performed guitar, backing vocals|
|2003||Cathy-Ann||Honey Wagon||Engineered / Produced, Performed all music except acoustic guitar/vocals|
|2004||Q*Ball||Fortune Favors the Bald||Engineered / Produced, some Co-writing, Performed guitars, backing vocals|
|2004||Various Artists||Bring You To Your Knees: A Tribute To Guns N' Roses||Engineered, Produced|
|2004||The Nerve!||The Nerve!||Engineered / Produced|
|2004||Nikki Sorrentino||Demo||Engineered, Produced. Wrote and performed music|
|2005||Evoken||Antithesis of Light||Engineered / Produced|
|2005||Zachary Fischer Band||On Borrowed Time||Engineered / Produced|
|2006||24-7 Spyz||Face the Day||Engineered, co-produced, guest guitar solos|
|2007||Q*Ball||This Is Serious Business||Engineered, produced, some co-writing, performed guitars, backing vocals|
|2007||Hurricane||Abaybay (Rock Re-mix)||Engineered, produced, performed|
|2007||Return To Earth||Captains of Industry||Co-engineered, co-produced, performed some backing vocals|
|2007||Talking Metal on Fuse||FuseTV (November 2007 – March 2008)||Engineered, produced, performed|
|2010||Return To Earth||Automata||Mixed, co-produced|
|2012||Alexa Vetere||Breathe Again||Co-writer, rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals, engineered/produced, mixed & mastered|
|2012||Poc||Rise Above||Co-writer, all music & backing vocals, engineered/produced, mixed & mastered|
|2010||"Better"(Guns N' Roses teaser)||Dale "Rage" Resteghini|
|2012||"Invisible"||Eric & Fernando of Swervewolf.com|
|2013||"Glad to Be Here"||Creative Works London|
|2013||"Burning Daylight"with Tony Harnell & The Wildflowers||Charles Whitcher|
|2015||"Little Brother is Watching"||Gabriella Loutfi|
|2015||"‘Til the Dust Is Gone"with Art of Anarchy||Dale "Rage" Resteghini|
Thal is an endorser of Vigier Guitars. The company produces a signature Excalibur model for Thal named "Bfoot" and a custom shaped double neck with a fretless neck on top and a fretted neck on the bottom called the "DoubleBFoot"
- Excalibur Custom Clear Black
- Excalibur Surfreter Supra Antique Violin
- BumbleFoot Custom Shaped Guitar
- Vigier Cheese Guitar
- Excalibur Bfoot Edition
- Parkwood PW370M acoustic guitar
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