This article originally appeared in the Chicago Daily Herald here
Glenview native a teacher, rocker, guitar maker
by Jamie Sotonoff and Dann Gire
Del Breckenfeld’s long and winding music career took him from suburban guitar teacher to rocker to guitar designer.
And the Glenview native has accumulated some great stories along the way — like the time ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons sent him and fellow designers a box of fur and wanted guitars covered in it.
“Then he said, ‘I want to make them spin, ha ha ha!’ We were laughing, but we were thinking, ‘Spinning guitars?’
“We did it, and they used them on MTV,” Breckenfeld said, referring to ZZ Top’s 1983 “Legs” video. The guitars would become one of the band’s iconic visuals.
“The beauty of that instrument … it’s the most personal thing you can ever imagine. That’s their tool of the trade,” Breckenfeld said.