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In­dulge in Bernie Mars­den’s in­cred­i­ble gui­tar col­lec­tion

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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, visit­fus­pub­li­ca­

See Bernie’s col­lec­tion in all its beastly glory

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