Message from Judy Edwards

" To Nokie's Family, Fan Family and Friends...

Nokie' passing has been a great loss around the world. He is mourned by us all.

My heart has broken to the point I don't think anything can put it back together again. The doctors and nurses at Yuma Regional Hospital worked very hard to get Nokie back to good health so I could bring him home. The infections and other health issues overtook his body. His immune system was just not strong enough any longer.

I am conforted by knowing Nokie is standing and walking by God's side, he is no longer in pain. Nokie is playing in Heaven's big band now with all his pickin' family and friends (so many to mention) that went before him.

Before his passing, we talked about doing a final tour for him, just one more time. He asked me if I thought he could make it to go out and play, even if it was only one or two songs with his HitchHiker band. He said they could do the rest and he would shake hands and sign autographs for the fan family. Of couse I said... If you are up for it, I will do anything to help.

The day after Nokie's passing early in the morning, I sat straight up in bed, I knew he was there with me. Getting up around 4 AM, my sister getting up shortly after me, I told her I know what I have to do... "A Celebration of Life Memorial Tour"... This is what Nokie wants. A way for the family, fan family and friends to say, "I'll see you later." His music will live on in all of us. His legacy will live on in history forever.

My man was one soft touch on the guitar and a great joke and story teller, plus you can add magician... The Japanese people would say, "Nokie magic!"

Thank you all for the condolence cards, emails, the flowers and all the prayers.

Love to all,
Judy Edwards "

Source: Nokie Edwards Official website -

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


(Updated in December, 2017)

*Bob Bogle (Jazzmaster 1959 e Bass VI)
*Don Wilson (Jazzmaster e Stratocaster 1959)
*Nokie Edwards (Precision Bass)

*Nokie Edwards (Joe Maphis Model e The Ventures Model personalizada)
*Don Wilson (The Ventures Model personalizada)
*Bob Bogle (Bass The Ventures Model personalizada)

A troca por guitarras Mosrite ocorreu após a visita de Nokie à cidade de Bakersfield na Califórnia, Cidade do Legendário Buck Owens com quem já tocou como guitarrista no início da carreira. Lá conheceu o "Guitar Builder" Semie Mosley e a guitarra fabricada por ele (Joe Maphis Model), e após plugar no amplificador e tocar, escutou aquele som forte. Na época, as bobinas dos captadores da Stratocaster tinham 6.000 voltas e o da Mosrite 10.000 voltas. O grupo usou guitarras "customizadas" com 12.000 voltas.

E depois... Foram usadas Gibson e Fender também.

Em meados de 1990, a Fender Japan produziu o "Limited Edition The Ventures Signature Series", constituído por uma Jazzmaster, Stratocaster e Jazz Bass, com todas as especificações determinadas pelo grupo. Abaixo a foto do Catálogo da Fender Japan de 1998 onde consta também um Telecaster de Nokie Edwards Signature Model. (clique para o link do "Fender Japan Catalog 1998")

*Gerry McGee (Fender Japan -Stratocaster Gerry McGee Signature Model)
*Nokie Edwards (HitchHiker Guitars - Desenho e configuração exclusiva)
*Don Wilson (Aria Guitars - The Ventures Model 2001 e nos EUA - Wilson Bros. Guitars)
*Bob Bogle (Aria Guitars - The Ventures Model 2002 e Bass Model 2001 e nos EUA - Wilson Bros. Guitars)
*Bob Spalding (Aria Guitars - The Ventures Model 2002 e Bass Model 2001 e nos EUA - Wilson Bros. Guitars)

O desenho da silhueta das guitarras que simbolizaram o grupo The Ventures, foram o Jazzmaster da Fender. E atualmente o The Ventures Model do Wilson Bros. Guitars.


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