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February 2012 Vol 23 No 05

COVERSTORY

THE REAL DEAL? 18

Whether you’re after a brand new guitar or a vintage original, beware of buying a counterfeit item. G&B investigates

Interviews

Fast Eddie Clarke

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From obscurity to rock legend: Fast Eddie looks back on the Motörhead years Mo Foster 36 With a new edition of his book on early UK rock the bassist recalls some colourful characters Frank Allen 42 Life in the Searchers and beyond with the pioneering fingerstyle bassist Mick Mars 48 Still out there and rocking like a mad thing with the infamous Mötley Crüe

Workshops

Upgrade a resonator guitar 106 Transform the sound of your budget bottlenecker with our special DIY guide

Play like Roy Buchanan 110 The secrets of a guitar master via his spectacular eponymous album Paul McCartney workshop 119 Rubber Soul and the lines that changed bass playing for good

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RESO WORKSHOP Supercharging a slide guitar

Regulars LETTERS 8 NEWS 10 SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE 13 ALBUMS 14 TALES FROM THE ROAD 16

6 Guitar & Bass FEBRUARY 2012 IN THIS ISSUE Contents

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CARVIN Maple syrup!

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FAITH

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FENDER

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LONE WOLF

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FENDER

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Gear

Charvel Desolation DC-1 FR 54 Floyd Rose, EMGs – plus a stripped neck and a new, mean look for modern metallers

Carvin SC90T & CT6T

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Custom-order maple-top lovelies, available direct from the USA

G&L ASAT Deluxe Carved Top 62 From G&L’s Tribute import series, an ASAT with extra poke and pretty timber

Fender Blues Junior III

The 15W modern classic gets a handsome limited-edition overhaul

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Sheldon True Tone 2

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Can’t decide between class AB and class A? This cool baby amp gives you both

Lone Wolf Blues pedals

A valve overdrive, a solid-state overdrive and a retro-sounding delay

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Atkin Dust Bowl OM

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Delicious simplicity from a British maker very much in step with the times

Faith electro-acoustics

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Tempting specs from the re-jigged ECS Eclipse Saturn and FS Natural Saturn

Fender Jazz & Telecaster Bass 90 New humbucking versions of thumpy faves from the Modern Player series

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Vintage

Hooked On Classics

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In vintage guitars, a 10-year age gap can mean a whopping difference in value. It’s too much temptation for the fakers, warns Phil Harris, so we should stay on our toes

The Bishop of Denmark Street 99 Sid Bishop worked behind the counter at Top Gear and witnessed the entire 1970s stroll through the door. In the first of a new series, he looks back at Tin Pan Alley

Private Collection

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Neil Taylor has worked with Robbie Williams, Morrissey, Rod Stewart and a bunch of others. He guides us through a real working collection of guitars of all types

TREASURED POSSESSIONS 52 SUBSCRIPTION OFFER 94 READERS FREE ADS 144 BACKSTAGE 146

FEBRUARY 2012 Guitar & Bass 7