Todd Rundgren On Tour with Backlund

The legendary Todd Rundgren is currently touring with a reunited Utopia - and chose to use the Backlund Model 100 as his main axe for this comeback tour.

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren knows "a little bit" about guitars. After all, over the many decades of his popular career as solo artist, producer and playing guitar in bands such as Nazz and Utopia, he's always been known as a musician with taste and style.

During the Seventies, one of his main guitars was the "Fool" Gibson SG which used to belong to Eric Clapton during his Cream years... so, we're really pleased to say Rundgren has chosen one of our guitars as his main instrument for the eagerly-awaited Utopia comeback tour, which started last April: the Backlund Model 100. The Backlund Model 400 also made an appearance onstage.

Those are just two of the many Backlund Guitars we currently make - our successful partnership with guitar designer John Backlund, whose creations are not just quirky and unique, but also - and above all - fantastic instruments. 

WIN! Backlund 100 Signed by Todd Rundgren

Win Backlund 100 signed by Todd Rundgren

Enter to win a signed Backlund 100 played by Todd Rundgren on his Utopia tour. The guitar has been signed and includes a bunch of other cool swag like backstage passes and stubs from the recent tour!

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In Pictures: Utopia Comeback Tour... with Backlund

Todd Rundgren Utopia tour with Backlund Guitar

Todd Rundgren Utopia tour with Backlund Guitar

Todd Rundgren Utopia tour with Backlund Guitar

Todd Rundgren's Utopia tour with Backlund Guitar

Watch: Todd Rundgren's Utopia live, 2018 Tour

For more videos, check our Todd Rundgren artist page

Next Utopia Tour Dates:

May 15: Grand Rapids Monroe Live, MI
May 16: Toronto Massey Hall, ON
May 17: Detroit The Fillmore, MI
May 19: Cleveland Hard Rock Live, OH
May 20: Cleveland Hard Rock Live, OH
May 22: Chicago Theater, IL
May 24: Denver Paramount Theater, CO
May 26: Las Vegas The Joint At The Hard Rock, NV
May 27: Phoenix Comercia Theater, AZ
May 29: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA
May 30: San Francisco The Masonic, CA
Jun 01: Seattle Moore Theater, WA
Jun 02: Portland Revolution Theater, OR
Jun 04: Sacramento Crest Theater, CA
Jun 05: Riverside Fox PAC, CA

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14 comments

  • Mike

    Fear not. I want one too and I had the opportunity to ask Todd about his 100’s at a meet and greet during the tour. He had one of the pickups changed out and he told me the design allows him 2 full octaves additional.

  • John Backlund

    John, the model 100 guitars thatTodd Rundgren is playing on his current Utopia tour are ‘standard issue’ Eastwood Backlund production instruments, not customs. I suspect that Todd may have had his guitar tech set them-up to suit his personal preferences, but I assure you, they ARE the standard Backlund guitars offered by Eastwood.

  • John Backlund

    John, the model 100 guitars thatTodd Rundgren is playing on his current Utopia tour are ‘standard issue’ Eastwood Backlund production instruments, not customs. I suspect that Todd may have had his guitar tech set them-up to suit his personal preferences, but I assure you, they ARE the standard Backlund guitars offered by Eastwood.

  • John

    I’ve seen them online and I’d like to buy one; however, I am doubtful that Todd is using a Korean made guitar. Did you guys customize his guitar? Did you make it here in the U.S.? Is the guitar I would buy online the same level of quality and workmanship as Todd’s?


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