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Posted: 17 Mar 05, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

this is a question which is in my mind for a long time,i hope it was not asked before.so,is he still playing the original guitar he build with his dad or is he playing a guild or burns copy?i saw on the houston vid(the snippets that you can get officially)that there was a second red special alredy in 77. so on the latest gigs and on his solo tours and on the last rcordings did he always use "the" red special?



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Posted: 17 Mar 05, 16:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes he is. That guitar was the a Birch copy & had a different finish. He now uses Greg Friar(?) copys as backups. They are identical; only difference is that the original has a sixpence in the head.


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Posted: 17 Mar 05, 16:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He still uses it. He had it fixed and re-painted around 1997.

Although yes he still does use back-ups ocassionally, you can tell if he's using it these days by looking for the sixpence coin glued to the headstock of the guitar (right where the tuner knobs are)

EDIT: Sorry. Didn't see above post.

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Posted: 17 Mar 05, 17:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 05 Apr 05, 18:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

what a nut bag queastion...of course he is...why wouldnt he. The only way he would stop is if the guitar fell apart, then he would repair it and play it again


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Posted: 05 Apr 05, 20:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey - interesting point - I saw a magazine the other day (some guitar one-or-other) which had a run-down of the world's most expensive guitars - it had loads of close-up's of Brian's guitar - and on the scratchplate he's had the little star thing from "Back to the light" inlaid into it.

That was news to me.

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Posted: 06 Apr 05, 09:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

don't quote me, but I THINK he had that even before Back To The Light etc. A little graphical thing of his I think.

But I could be wrong.

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Posted: 06 Apr 05, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The BTTL star replaced a small square of plastic that covered some feature that was taken out in the early 70s (or maybe even earlier)

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 04:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He'll play the Red Special till he dies - and then, he says, he's going to be buried with it. I think it's a marvellous piece of guitar history that might be better kept in a museum (or at least, in Jimmy May's closet) but if he wants to be buried with it then that's magnificent.

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 07:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would get angry if he didn't! :P


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 10:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<B><font color=salmon>Dust Biter</B> wrote:

is brian still paying"the"red special?

Oh. I didn't know he had to pay the guitar before he could PLAY it...


LOL


that will be my only contribution to this topic :P


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

id pay $16 million (8 million pounds)for it but would never take it on tour with my band. Id play it once and store. Id have to play it. I wouldnt be able to not to.


"Im going to pull an Elvis Costello, but the chorus of this song goes What the hell are we fighting for..."

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