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“[There have been] lots. I had a really old three-pickup rare Gibson with a tremolo arm that you operated with your little finger, a 1940-something. I used it on ‘Paranoid’ when we did Top Of The Pops and then somebody stole it. Gibson made me another one, a newer version, and then somebody stole that as well from the bloody airport! So I didn’t have much luck with that.
“I’ve lost another four or five – taken from storage or wherever. Leslie West gave me a guitar that was later stolen, there were three that I had at a storage company and they claimed they were owed money by my old management so they took the guitars and sold them. But I do know this guitar collector who has got a couple of them and said if I ever want them back… but I don’t need them now.”
Total Guitar issue 223 (on sale 28 December to 27 January) features a full tab of Black Sabbath classic ‘Children Of The Grave’, as well a backing tracking, a guide to nailing the tones and the story behind the song.