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Sparrow Launches Von Drat Surf Guitar

Sparrow Guitars is proud to have introduced the Von Drat surf guitar at the 2009 NAMM Show. The Von Drat is the newest addition to Sparrow’s family of retro guitars which includes the Big Daddy, Primitive, Rat Rod and Twangmaster models. The Von Drat debuted at the 2009 NAMM Show Hall D Booth #3394 in Anaheim, California from January 15-18th 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Von Drat joins Sparrow’s Rat Rod and Twangmaster as available in the premium “Continental” line. Made in Vancouver, BC Canada, the Von Drat surf guitar features Burns Tri-Sonic pickups, Grover tuners, bone nut and Wilkinson tremolo. With an alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, the Von Drat is a 21-fret, 12” radius, 25 ½” scale length guitar with the volume and tone top-hat knobs and three-way selector switch located at the lower bout for versatility and playability. The Von Drat is currently available in Tudor Black and Avocado Green, with custom pickguard.

The guitar is the namesake of Toronto, Canada-based surf outfit The Von Drats. The Von Drats were hired by Sparrow Guitars to play an event as part of the 2008 MIAC Show in Toronto, Canada and became instant favourites of Sparrow staff. From that meeting, Sparrow President Billy Bones began planning and designing what would become Sparrow’s Von Drat guitar. Steve and Dave Von Drat were in attendance at the 2009 NAMM Show to debut the guitar at the Sparrow booth and play original material and surf-standards and the band will take their Von Drat guitars on the road and in the studio.

This story has 4 comments.


I like that color. Reminds me of the Charger from "Dirty Larry and Crazy Mary". Cool body style too.

norcalhodad | 03-Feb-2009 12:30:58 | Flag

Yeah! Looks cool.

Rick_Volcano | 03-Feb-2009 12:50:31 | Flag

Congrats to Steve and the Von Drats,

I got to here Steve playing his sig model guitar

at the Big Kahuna Surf Jam on the Fri night of the Namm weekend.

bigtikidude | 03-Feb-2009 12:57:29 | Flag

Hey folks,

Thanks so much for posting this. Steve von Drat and myself were pretty nervous heading into California/NAMM together. Lucky for us, over the years, we've met some great people who happen to live very close to the Anaheim Convention Center. Big Tiki Dude and Tiki Tena were super kind to introduce us around at both the Big Kahuna Surf Jam and Guitar Geeks. What a great experience. Thanks so much for that guys!!!

I want to say thanks as well to Sparrow Guitar based out of Vancouver BC, Canada. This guitar feels incredible and sounds even better. We are so stoked to get ours in March. Although we love the avocado color of this one, we will be playing custom painted ones to match the black and white of the band!!

Go check out Sparrow at to see what they have going.

Catch ya'll around. Cheers!!

Dave von Drat

DtPvD | 07-Feb-2009 16:46:32 | Flag

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