Most of the writing is by Ben Runkle, a staunch Contenders fan who lives in Raleigh, NC where he makes his living repairing guitars.

The art direction and construction are the work of Melinda Fine who, as Outta Nowhere , provides custom design work for a wide range of clients.

Many thanks to those who provided pictures and helped fill some gaps in the story. Tommy Goldsmith, Jimbeau Walsh, David Robert, Marguerite Wonsey, Allen Stoddard, Keith Dannemiller, Bill Johnson, Elise Witt and others, I'm sure.

This site is dedicated to Contenders fans everywhere and in loving memory of Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt and Steve Runkle.