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Trace Bundy
Background information
Origin Austin, Minnesota
Genres Acoustic
Years active 1999–to present
Labels United Interests
Associated acts Sungha Jung

Trace Bundy is an instrumental acoustic guitar player who lives and performs in Boulder, Colorado. He is known to fans as "The Acoustic Ninja" for his legato and finger tapping skills. His playing style features him playing with both hands on the fretboard, intricate finger picking arpeggios and inventive use of multiple capos.


Bundy was influenced by a variety of musicians such as David Wilcox, Ani Difranco and Phil Keaggy. He stopped using a pick altogether when he realized he could play more complex music using all five fingers.

Bundy's first musical release was in 1999 with "O Night Divine", a collection of traditional Christmas songs. His next recording, containing all original songs, was 2000's "Solomon's Splendor". In October 2004 he released a CD/DVD combo titled "Adapt". The DVD shows a live concert filmed in Boulder, CO, in the summer of 2004. Some of the more popular clips are Trace covering the Backstreet Boys song "I Want It That Way", and Pachelbel's Canon performed on an acoustic guitar using the fingertapping technique. Following this album was "A Few Songs For Christmas", an EP of more Christmas songs released in December 2007.

In 2008, Bundy's released "Missile Bell", a two-part project, consisting of a studio CD, a live CD, and a DVD filmed live at the Boulder Theater in November, 2007. Also in 2008, Bundy was named "Most Promising New Talent of the Year" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and came in third in the same magazine's "Best Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year" category.


Releases on the Honest Ninja Music label:

  • O Night Divine (1999)
  • Solomon's Splendor (2000)
  • Adapt (2004)
  • A Few Songs for Christmas EP (2007)
  • Missile Bell (2008)
  • Elephant King (2012)