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    The Nokie Edwards/The Ventures Autographed Harmony Archtop Guitar Barry Keen, a Canadian friend of both Nokie Edwards, lead guitar for The Ventures, and George Tomsco, lead guitar for The Fireballs, decided to promote a guitar pickers concert to introduce Nokie and George to each other - personally. Although both George and Nokie knew of each other and held high regards for each other in their individual careers, the two had never met personally in forty years. The Ventures recorded two 'cover' versions of Fireballs hits, TORQUAY and BULLDOG which were penned by Tomsco. The Ventures performed these instrumentals as staples in their concerts and became very popular in Japan. So Barry decided to do the honors, and it was time to unite two of the most influential guitarists of the U.S to be 'in concert' with each other. It took place June 28, 1998, at the Flamingo Palace, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Mr. Keen said, "The event was from another planet!" In the entire crowd there was at least 150 dedicated hard-core guitar players that took the concert very emotionally and he saw lots of "tears" along with the smiles! To highlight the event, Barry also decided to purchase a used Harmony acoustic guitar for Nokie to autograph to George which Nokie did with an added musicians 'insider' joke, which reads "My friend "George"/you must put a string on this before you play it./The Ventures/Nokie Edwards". The Harmony was especially meaningful for George since a Harmony was the very first guitar George had owned. Nokie Edwards passed away March 12, 2018. In regards to his passing and George understanding his time may be short as well, George has decided to start parting with some of his most memorable musical treasures.

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