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Guitars

Three Telecasters

The blonde heavily customised one is not vintage - it’s early 70’s but there’s not much of the original left. It’s got a Parsons-White B-Bender and both Strat and Tele pick-up configurations. This one used to live in Austin.

Cedric Thorose used the same configurations for the wine coloured Tele made for my use in Europe.

The Paisley is the real thing - don’t ask, in fact don’t even look at this one and definitely DON’T TOUCH IT. It’s very very twangy.
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Class of ‘63

The Cherry Jazzmaster I actually bought new in ‘63 - yes, I really am that old. For a few years it was my only guitar.

I picked up the Bass VI in Voltage Guitars in LA while trawling the guitar shops with old buddy “Chicken Leg” Evans.

Less exotically, I got the Electric XII in Luton.
Red Stratocaster

Being a Shads fan, I always wanted a red Strat. I found this one in “Century Music”, San Antonio, Texas some years ago. Of course, if you have a red Strat you really need Hank to sign the headstock.
Thanks, Hank!
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Slides

An ancient Dobro that belonged to a studio engineer I was working with in about ‘74. He swapped this for an amplifier. Hmmm.

The Danelectro - nice little slide guitar. Got it from Paul Templeman in Sunderland when I was playing up there once.
Washburn

This is a pretty guitar, but I don’t play it much. I hang on to it because there’s a rumour George Harrison once played it.
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Dos Guitarras Morales

If you want a Spanish guitar, the obvious place to go is Barnsley … just kidding … Spain. In Granada, off the Plaza Nuevo (ask anyone) there’s a street that leads up the hill to the Alhambra, called Cuesta de Gomérez. I got my two beauties from Sr. Antonio Morales. If you get one and you’re lucky, Sr. Morales will serenade your lady friend on your new guitar while you wait for your credit card to go through!
Bajo Sexto

It’s hard enough to get hold of a Bajo Sexto, and it’s even harder to get one that doesn’t play like a tree trunk - I gave up and got the genius Cedric Thorose to make this one. When it was done it actually sounded too good, so we put a nasty ole cheap pick-up in the sound hole. Now it sounds authentic.
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Hokada 12

The Hokada was one of the first Japanese guitars to be imported. My first wife bought this one for me on my 21st. We were young and poor and the guitar set her back a whopping £25. I restrung it as a High G tuning many years ago and the big body with the thin strings gives it a big sound. It’s somewhere on every one of my albums.
Martin D28

Pete O’Brien, the guy who introduced me to Texas and Roxy Gordon, loaned me this guitar for some recording - after a while he began to realise that the guitar was quite happy in its new home, so a deal was done. Thanks, Omaha, it’s a great guitar.
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Martin Shenandoah

I used to use this guitar when we toured Switzerland. It belonged to Jurg Schaffer, our tour promoter. Jurg called me one day and offered me the guitar in part payment for a solo gig in Salzburg. It’s a great electric acoustic to use in a band situation.
Godin

I needed an electrified nylon strung to play with the band and was having no luck finding anything suitable till I saw this in Denmark Street. It’s kinda odd looking but it sounds great. It’s also got an XLR input and can be phantom powered - for anyone who cares about these things.
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Ouds

I’ve got two ouds. Does anyone need two ouds, you may ask. Well, one I bought from my teacher, Mohammed Abusumrah, in Abu Dhabi and when that needed a spell in the guitar hospital, I got the other one from Ray Man’s amazing shop in Camden Town. You may not need two ouds, but you can’t be without one. And if you’re still trying to figure it out - eleven strings!
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