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“The main guitar on Suede’s debut album. Phil Harris (of Harris Hire) found it for me. Phil is so funny. I arrived at his house and he said, ‘Awwright, let me get out the family photo album and show yer me kids!’ It was just pictures of his guitars. Memorable day.
“We went up to Phil’s London lock-up, where he had the Stones’ Keith Richards/ Mick Taylor sunburst Les Paul with a Bigsby. I wasn’t in a position to buy that! Then we went off to meet a guy who worked for Vox, whose whole wall was just AC30s.
"Half of the cabinets had come from Brian May – empty cabinets, props Brian used onstage in Queen. Phil Harris was full of mad plans about how we could sort these Vox cabinets for me, but I came away with just what I wanted: this Les Paul, and a few Vox AC30s. I still love this guitar. It was the first time Gibson had ‘properly’ reissued a ’59 Standard. It sounds superb, it can be warm or quite sharp. It has a great neck and lovely ebony fretboard.
“The riff for Suede’s Animal Nitrate was driven by this guitar. I tried to get a sort-of bass drum/snare effect on the riff and used all three pickup combinations for different parts. I like it when people think a song is hard, but it’s not. The chords are really simple. But slamming down my hand for the chorus and going to the bridge pickup on its own made it go bright. I try and do that all the time for different parts of songs.”