Video Culture, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt arts organization who has been producing The Humbler -Danny Gatton since it’s inception. We have the full support of Danny’s daughter, Holly Gatton, and his widow, Jan Gatton.

Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, Video Culture taped Danny in performance and exclusive interviews, and we have continued to collect Danny footage.  We are honored by the many people who have shared their Danny material with us.

After 27 years, we have amassed an extraordinary archive of Danny Gatton and his awesome musical colleagues – much of it will be new to his devoted and ever-growing fan base.

Your donation of any amount to Video Culture, Inc. is tax-deductible and will go a long way to support the completion of The Humbler -Danny Gatton.  Please click box to the right to donate.  Thanks so much!!!

We are happy to announce exciting contributions to The Humbler –Danny Gatton feature documentary from Fender, the Fender Custom Shop and Jay Monterose of Vintique Guitars !!!!

Fender contributed a Danny Gatton Signature Fender Telecaster body, neck and assorted parts to the Humbler campaign with the understanding that the guitar would be assembled and finished by Danny Gatton’s longtime friend and guitar tech, Jay Monterose.

This authentic body from the Fender Custom Shop is made from southern “Swamp Ash” which is the soundboard of choice for Telecaster style bodies. The body is painted Frost gold.

The Fender Custom Shop guitar neck is hard Maple and has some Birdseye figure. An extra first position fret marker has been added, as well as, custom cubic zirconium side markers. The extra fret and the cubic zirconium markers are two distinct Gatton model features not found on any other Fender guitar.

The neck has the Fender 50’s style logo decal and “Danny Gatton” signature decal that denotes this guitar as an authentic Danny Gatton Signature Fender Telecaster model!

The multi-talented photo journalist &  guitar aficionado Jeromie Stephens did a beautiful “one of a kind” Damascus style engine turn finish on the Vintique stainless steel bridge plate and control plate.  Gorgeous… This was donated to this custom Danny Gatton Signature Fender Telecaster!!!

Jay Monterose, of Vintique Guitars assembled the guitar and added custom hardware and modifications. Danny and Jay jointly created: the renown Vintique Stainless “Gatton” bridgeplate;  a custom control plate; and the Generation 5 proprietary heavily knurled control knobs that afford the player a “no slip” grip while performing steel guitar “volume swells” and tone control “Wah- Wah” effects!

Video Culture, Inc. got a fabulous donation!!!

Luthier Carson Hess donated this amazing replica of Danny Gatton’s 1953 Telecaster!! The work and detail is astounding… We are so greatly honored and grateful by this incredible and generous donation to our campaign!!

 Carson Hess -Luthier   –

All of the parts are reproductions that have been artificially aged by myself to replicate the wear and patina on Danny’s original 1953 Tele. All materials used are as close to original Fender specifications as possible, but this is not a Fender guitar.

The neck is Maple and made by “All-Parts” – it has the fat, baseball bat profile (about .98″ thick at the first fret, 1″ at the 12th fret) 9.5″ radius, 6105 frets, complete with 3mm Cubic Zirconium side dot markers.

The body is a 2-piece ash that I cut from my own personal wood supply.

Body sprayed in era correct nitrocellulose lacquer “blonde” finish. Genuine Bakelite pick guard.

Fender bridge plate with serial number “4883” and vintage style brass saddles.

Custom fabricated stainless steel “Magic Dingus” plate with engine-turned finish (plate is removable) This plate covers Roger Miller’s signature that was carved into the top of the guitar

Joe Barden Engineering “Danny Gatton” signature pickup set  (These are the newer models made by Joe Barden Engineering)

1 Meg tone pot. CRL 3-way switch with bent switch tip.

I’ve also included a vintage (super rare!) Fender model “358” heavy gauge white guitar pick- Just like Danny used!

The guitar is a well-balanced weight of 6.8 lbs. Tweed hard-shelled thermometer guitar case.

This guitar sounds great!

Carson Hess -Luthier   –

More details on Carson Hess’s 1953 Replica.