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“Usually tried by every guitarist I produce, as 12-string 335s are quite unusual. I don’t initially tell people it came from Johnny Marr. I was a huge fan of Johnny, obviously, but we later became good friends.
“I went up to visit Johnny in 1995, and we played guitar together and watched Neil Young videos all night. Just before I left, Johnny said, ‘I want to show you this,’ and got out this 12-string. I told him I recognised it from The Smiths on Top Of The Pops and Sheila Take A Bow and Shoplifters Of The World Unite on The Tube in 1986; specific songs.
"He just said, ‘I knew you’d know all that... so you take it’. Amazing, but Johnny’s always so generous to me. We play very differently which, believe me, wasn’t my intention when I started. This is the main guitar on The Smiths’ Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before, and I wrote [debut solo single] Stay on it. A special guitar.”