VIDEO: Earl Slick discusses his favorite guitars

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Earl Slick and his Newfoundland named Banana at home in Pine Bush New York

Earl Slick and his Newfoundland named Banana, at home in Pine Bush, New York
(Image: © Joe Bosso)

VIDEO: Earl Slick discusses his favorite guitars

The recent release of David Bowie's The Next Day has not only reminded the world of the legendary singer-songwriter's singular talents, it has also shone a spotlight once again on the daringly inventive guitar playing of Earl Slick. The Staten Island-born axeman, who began performing with Bowie in 1974 at the age of 22, splashes buckets of spunky colors all over The Next Day, adding robust crunch and intoxicating textures to what is surely one of 2013's strongest albums.

The other day, MusicRadar dropped in on Slick at his home in Pine Bush, New York. The venerable musician, who has lived in the cozy "rock 'n' roll cabin" for 10 years with his friendly Newfoundland named Banana, brewed up a pot of strong coffee before showing us a selection of some of his most treasured guitars.

We were curious to see Slick's Sardonyx guitar – an exotic-looking boutique model that he bought in 1981 after seeing John Lennon playing one during the Double Fantasy sessions (which Slick performed on) – but the guitarist explained that he had sold it some years ago. "I just couldn't look at it," he said. "Every time I saw it, it reminded me of John." He quickly added, "The thing is probably worth a fortune now."

Even so, the eight guitars that Slick pulled out of his impressive collection are all drool-worthy in their own unique ways, and a couple of them have appeared on some of rock's most essential recordings.

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1968 Gibson J 45

1968 Gibson J-45

1968 Gibson J-45

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Gibson J 200 M Trophy 75th Anniversary

Gibson J-200 M Trophy 75th Anniversary
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Gibson J-200 M Trophy 75th Anniversary

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Gitane Gypsy Jazz

Gitane Gypsy Jazz

Gitane Gypsy Jazz

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Framus Earl Slick Signature model red

Framus Earl Slick Signature model (red)
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Framus Earl Slick Signature model (red)

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Framus Mayfield black

Framus Mayfield (black)
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Framus Mayfield (black)

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Earl Slick homemade quot Art Guitar quot

Earl Slick homemade "Art Guitar"
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Earl Slick homemade "Art Guitar"

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James Trusart Red Star quot Tele style quot guitar

James Trusart Red Star "Tele-style" guitar
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James Trusart Red Star "Tele-style" guitar

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1976 Gibson SG Junior

1976 Gibson SG Junior

1976 Gibson SG Junior

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Earl Slick personalized guitar strap

Earl Slick personalized guitar strap
(Image: © Joe Bosso)

Earl Slick personalized guitar strap

The recent release of David Bowie's The Next Day has not only reminded the world of the legendary singer-songwriter's singular talents, it has also shone a spotlight once again on the daringly inventive guitar playing of Earl Slick.

The Staten Island-born axeman, who began performing with Bowie in 1974 at the age of 22, splashes buckets of spunky colors all over The Next Day, adding robust crunch and intoxicating textures to what is surely one of 2013's strongest albums.

The other day, MusicRadar dropped in on Slick at his home in Pine Bush, New York. The venerable musician, who has lived in the cozy "rock 'n' roll cabin" for 10 years with his friendly Newfoundland named Banana, brewed up a pot of strong coffee before showing us a selection of some of his most treasured guitars.

We were curious to see Slick's Sardonyx guitar - an exotic-looking boutique model that he bought in 1981 after seeing John Lennon playing one during the Double Fantasy sessions (which Slick performed on) - but the guitarist explained that he had sold it some years ago. "I just couldn't look at it," he said. "Every time I saw it, it reminded me of John." He quickly added, "The thing is probably worth a fortune now."

Even so, the eight guitars that Slick pulled out of his impressive collection are all drool-worthy in their own unique ways, and a couple of them have appeared on some of rock's most essential recordings.