We met Les Paul and He invited Us up to His Hotel Room at The Milwaukee Athletic Club to talk about building a Glass Guitar. Then he autographed 3 B.C. Glass Studio Display Glass Guitars. This was the moment Les told Brian to build one that plays. After that, Brian was on a mission to build a great sounding all glass guitar, with exceptions for the hardware. After about 700 hours of toiling away, he finished creating the 1st playable glass guitar in the world.
Brian was in Nashville and got to meet Mick Jones from the band Foreigner and take a picture of Mick holding a B.C. Glass Studio Glass Guitar. This is B.C. Glass Studio's Latest Model of the Playable Glass Guitars. It is much lighter and more streamlined, and it plays like butter. I know because I (Frank) get to be the first one to play every glass guitar B.C. Glass Studio makes. It's not a responsibility I take lightly, I'm very proud to be a part of this thing where ever it goes.
In 2007 B.C. Glass was in Guitarist Magazine out of the United Kingdom. This story was also covered by the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, The Waukesha Freeman, local FOX news and CBS news. We went to meet Ted Nugent at the Rave in Milwaukee, but he stole the girls that we met and bought drinks for during the show, so we hung out with the drummer and bass player. We took Pictures with them, I'll find them and post them because that was a great day.
Brian and I purposely went to go try and meet Les Paul one night as he was in Milwaukee speaking to show him the glass design, fine art guitar Brian custom made and hand crafted himself in Waukesha were Les Paul was also from. We see Les Paul Outside the club where he was speaking at, I yell out to him, "Cullen Casey says Hi." He looks at me with a big smile and walks over to me (Frank) He asks me how I know Cully, I say He's My Drummers Father, Just so happens my drummers father played drums for Les Paul in the 40's at Waukesha Beach in Pewaukee, WI. when he was known as "Red hot Red and the 5 Aces." After hearing this Les Paul invites Us (Brian Chivers & Frank Milligan) to his hotel room at the Milwaukee Athletic club to talk about it and autographs 3 B.C Glass guitars that Brian hand made in the same city of Waukesha where Les Paul is from. These first guitars were just for display as art, after meeting Les and talking with him about making guitars, Brian was on a mission to build an electric glass guitar that you could play. after 700 hours of tinkering and a few bucks on band-aids, the playable guitar was finished. We had the luxury of meeting Les again at the Pabst theater in Milwaukee were we showed him the playable electric glass guitar just before he died the next year.
Way back when before facebook, there was a social site called MySpace, it's still around but not the same as it once used to be since facebook took off and killed MySpace. We had over 10,000 friends all around the world. After being on the local news twice in Milwaukee, WI. and in the local newspapers The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal and the Waukesha Freeman, we made friends with "Guitarist" magazine from England on MySpace and a few days later they contacted me (Frank Milligan) and ask if we wanted to be in their magazine. well the rest is history. page 28 of the 2007 Oct. edition made us world wide.
After success in building display models of his glass design guitars. Brian Chivers went one step further with a world first in fine art and guitar building - A Playable Glass Guitar - after being incouraged by a meeting with none other than the legendary Les Paul himself."He inspired the hell out of me." Wisconsin based B. Chivers admitted following his meeting Les Paul after he requested the guitar legends autograph for 3 of his models. " I became obsessed."After 700 hours of toil in his Waukesha art studio (www.bcglassstudios.com) Chivers has built what he claims is the worlds first working electric guitar made from glass. He now hopes to begin mass production for those who can afford the price - which he estamates at $20.000. Les Paul himself was fully supportive of Chivers' efforts: "The only way you're going to know weather it would work is to build one." he said from his New Jersey home. "I wish him well."
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