"When I played a show with Bo in Buffalo, New York, which is my hometown, I invited my cousin Vinnie Ricotta and his family backstage to meet Bo. When Bo died, I went into a deep depression. I lost my mentor and best friend and I was feeling so bad I stopped playing music. A while later I went to visit Vinnie and he took me into the basement to show me some wood carving projects he was working on. Off the cuff, I suggested that he should get a guitar body and try carving that. I thought he blew off my suggestion, but two months later I got a package in the mail. When I opened it up, inside the box was the body of the Bo-Caster. When I saw that he carved Bo's face on the body, which was from a photo I had of him looking at me during a concert near the end of his life, I fell to my knees and cried. I ordered a custom-built neck and had everything else custom made as well. Even the neck plate is acid etched with a drawing of Bo's monument. [Styx guitarists] James Young suggested that I put a Sustainiac in it. Bo's spirit is in that guitar."