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The La's - Guitars. (Tablature book)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:50 am
by Syl
I'm hopeless at guitars, but this is a nice picture of Lee playing a guitar that stands out.

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The La's - International Music Publications
ISBN 0-86359-845-5
Photo Credits (for entire book):

Thomas McManaman
Richard O'Brien

Near: ? (John looks too young for it to be Peter Cammell.. anyone?)
Middle: Lee A. Mavers
Far: John Power

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Re: The La's - Guitars.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:23 am
by lazyfair
That's one of 'em Lord of the Rings guitars (with a nice unicorn mother of pearl motif inlay on the fretboard).

Re: The La's - Guitars.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:32 am
by BIGYAWN
Is it a Dan Electro?

Re: The La's - Guitars.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:20 am
by Syl
Same publication, more pictures.

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Pictures: Left to Right:

1. Near: Peter Cammell Mid: Lee A Mavers Far: John Power.
2. John Power.
3. Neil Mavers.
4. Peter Cammell.

Re: The La's - Guitars.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:27 am
by Anonymous
Theres pictures of Lee playing that guitar in the Callin' All booklet. Very odd looking?

Re: The La's - Guitars.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:34 am
by Anonymous
Yes it's a Danelectro (not sure of the model - they've got a website though with all their guitars on) - it's got about a thousand frets on it! The concept of that guitar is that it doubles as a mandolin (the higher part of the fretboard).

Re: The La's - Guitars.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:24 pm
by Flying Machine
its called a 'longhorn', mad guitar that.

it's a dan electro copy

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:03 pm
by Bennysmarket
I had one of those...it's a japanese dan-electro copy by Hondo. If you look closely at the pictures on the Callin' All cd you can see Hondo on the headstock. I bought mine years ago second hand for about £250 from Bonecat Music in Middleton, being a La's head and thinking it looked cool.

The pick up switching drives you mad! It's also dead uncormfortable to play sat down (good for gigs though)

Not a great guitar really, but good to have as part of a collection if your loaded. I quickly traded mine in for a bashed up old Tele.

Re: it's a dan electro copy

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 1:17 am
by BIGYAWN
I recall another Liverpool band called 'Rain' having one of these.

long horn replica...

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:16 pm
by Anonymous
James: This guitar Lee's playing is a replica Danelectro 'longhorn'... however its actually a japanese copy from the 1970s, it belonged to Paul Hemmings, and he said despite the fact he bought it, Lee kinda hogged it from '86 - '87 when Hemmings joined then left!!

* incidentally, this isnt the mandolin style model, that was a model in its own right...

seems theres a recurring theme, Lee borrowed a 1965 cherry red Gibson ES335 from the Searchers Chris Curtis (who at the time in the mid to late 80s was working as a part time DJ on Radio Merseyside), ...he retold the story of Lee lending it to record 'There She Goes', and said he called Lee a ''silly boy'' for refusing to have it restrung and re-tuned, as ''it hadnt been played in ages and was out of tune'' (Curtis was a drummer and had rarely played the guitar since buying it in '65) ....it was apparently never returned either!!

as for the other gear pictures....

Near: ? (John looks too young for it to be Peter Camell.. anyone?) **PAUL HEMMINGS**
Middle: Lee A. Mavers **HONDO LONGHORN JAP 70S COPY
Far: John Power ** FENDER PRECISION BASS

Pictures: Left to Right:

1. Near: Peter Camell ** GIBSON BLACK LES PAUL
Mid: Lee A Mavers ** WHITE FENDER STRAT? (JUDGING FROM JACK SOCKET, NOT A TELE) Far: John Power. ** FENDER P- BASS

2. John Power. ** FENDER P-BASS

3. Neil Mavers ** PREMIER DRUMS? (SAME AS MOONY)

4. Peter Cammell ** GIBSON BLACK LES PAUL

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Re: long horn replica...

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 6:50 pm
by Syl
James, nice and comprehensive run-through on the pics!

Re: long horn replica...

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:58 am
by Anonymous
James: Perversion eh?

i really liked the small body red Mosrite (as often sported by Arthur Lee of Love in the 60's - Lee signed a deal with Mosrite when in fact most of Love used Gibsons and Vox gear!!) Lee's jamming on in some of the photos of the rehersal rooms... (in amongst tv sets, John's Peavey/Hiwatt bass amps and Lee's graffiti on the walls... madness...)

only ever seen a few photos of Lee's beloved 50s telecaster (red with white scratchplate), as we know from Maceys book, he (somewhat bizarrely) declared unless he could get it restored to its former glory he wasnt going to make music on any other instrument but that Fender tele!!!

seems to have good taste in his instruments, all vintage... wether it be the Gretsch he's touting in the LP inner sleeve photos or the Ltd edition CF Martin ''Tree of Life'' acoustic he mentions in Maceys book, he must have a good few quids worth of old gear... some of it ex Who as well wasnt it???

guitars

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:45 am
by geoff g
Should be interesting to see what Lee uses on tour??

Lee's other acoustics

PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:46 pm
by casinojack
Still curious about Lee's acoustics: James mentioned the 'tree of life' and some time back the custom luthier jobs...Night Network with 'The Grammer Guitar' w'ere ace. Wonderin' though if Lee tried other Martins? Did he ever play Eko?

Re: Lee's other acoustics

PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:30 pm
by Sushi
syl, you cropped the audience (and me gazing at john power) out of the lee shot :(

someone else might be able to confirm whether i'm right in thinking that it was the kentish town t&c club (now the forum) november 25th 1990.