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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 04:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. Is this the "yellow special" in "We will rock you" and "Spread your wings?
2. Play the game?


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 04:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. A replica of the red special that Brian broke in 81
2. A Fender Stratacaster if I remember correctly.


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 06:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why didn't he use the Red Special?


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 06:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

WWRY/Spread your wings: Because the cold would inevitably have damaged the inreplaceble instrument.

Play the game: you realy don't think that Brian would let Freddie throw the real thing through the air, right?

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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 06:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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WWRY/Spread your wings: Because the cold would inevitably have damaged the inreplaceble instrument.

Play the game: you realy don't think that Brian would let Freddie throw the real thing through the air, right?


WWRY/Spread your wings: Is this the garden of Roger's house? Or where is it?

Play the game: No, they just played the film backward. Brian and Fred did not throw / parry the guitar.


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 08:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gordie Howe wrote:

1. A replica of the red special that Brian broke in 81
2. A Fender Stratacaster if I remember correctly.


Certainly NOT a Fender. Just a piece of junk, as Brian stated.


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 08:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wouldn't it be Roger saying that somethings a piece of junk?


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 08:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Guitar in the PTG vid was indeed a cheap Strat copy by a brand called Satellite, a friend of mine had a one of these, exactly the same as the one in the video and the only one I have ever seen (may well have been the same one !).
I remember it having a ply-wood body and the guitar itself was the heaviest guitar I have ever picked up, a real back breaker. The neck was also the fattest neck I have ever played, almost impossible to play, maybe this is why Brian used it.
I also remember that it only had a 3-way pick-up selector rather than the usual 5-way.
All in all a hideous thing.



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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 10:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah ok. I wasnt sure considering I havent seen the video in a long time. Thanks for clarifying it.


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 10:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gordie Howe wrote:

Ah ok. I wasnt sure considering I havent seen the video in a long time. Thanks for clarifying it.

Don't be ashamed, dear. It looks EXACTLY like a Fender StratOcaster! ;-)

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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 15:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Time to nitpick:

> A replica of the red special that Brian broke in 81

He broke it in '82...

> WWRY/Spread your wings: Because the cold would inevitably have damaged the inreplaceble instrument.

Not inevitably, because otherwise John's bass would've been damaged as well, and Brian's Birch guitar, which wasn't hurt until 1982...

> Wouldn't it be Roger saying that somethings a piece of junk?

Roger's not the only one capable of uttering "piece of junk", nor did he copyright the expression.


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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 16:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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> WWRY/Spread your wings: Because the cold would inevitably have damaged the inreplaceble instrument.

Not inevitably, because otherwise John's bass would've been damaged as well, and Brian's Birch guitar, which wasn't hurt until 1982...

Course, Seb, but I do believe that was the reason Brian did not want to use it for that shoot!
I'm sure John had more peace of mind in taking that risk, knowing that his instrument would be replaceable if something DID happen to it...
But you're right - the word 'inevitably' was a bit overdone ;-)

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Posted: 08 Oct 06, 22:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well yes, weather could've been a factor, but somehow I suspect that even if they'd shot the videos midsummer Brian wouldn't have used the Red Special - he often used different things for miming jobs (Montreux Festivals, TOTP performances, and loads of videos).


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Posted: 09 Oct 06, 04:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I learnt to play on the Satellite guitar just like Brian's in Play the Game, same colour everything.

I was amazed when the video was released and I saw him playing it, it was a horrible guitar, in now lives in my attic, all burn and warped. I set fire to it and left it out in the snow. then put it in a case on the wall with a label saying

"Buddy holly's original guitar rescued from the plan wreck"

Some silly buggy tried to steal it once thinking it was real!


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