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Indulge in Bernie Marsden’s incredible guitar collection
Bernie Marsden is opening up his guitar collection to the world with a new book, Tales Of Tone And Volume, and this is a work that’s been a lifetime in the making. “I knew there were a lot of guitars,” Bernie tells Guitarist, “but until I put them all in a line last summer for photography I hadn’t realised just how many there were! I never anticipated something as fabulous as what has turned out.”
The deluxe coffee-table tome details Bernie’s enviable collection in rich detail with photography by Melvyn May, and it also includes the guitarist’s own stories behind some exceptional instruments. “Many were revealed as old friends; a couple of them I had no recollection of acquiring!” the former Whitesnake man says.
“I became more and more surprised how many Stratocasters I have. For instance, seeing the Smoke Green Gretsch Single Anniversary brought back memories of early Whitesnake recording at EMI studios in Manchester Square, now long demolished. There are guitars from almost all my career – in fact, the Gibson SG Les Paul that I loaned to Gary Moore is the same guitar I used with my pre-UFO band Skinny Cat, bought in November 1970, so those pictures are very special to me.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bernie book without The Beast taking centre stage: the ’59 Les Paul was his Whitesnake mainstay after 1974 and became his main writing guitar (including Here I Go Again). But every one of these guitars comes with a unique history. “Each guitar has its own tale,” says Bernie. “It was an amazing thing to look at the photographs and visualise in my mind the people and places I have been with each guitar.” Tales Of Tone And Volume is available now. For more information and to order, visit www.rufuspublications.com
See Bernie’s collection in all its beastly glory