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Previously, we’ve got up close and personal with one of the most iconic ’Bursts of them all: Bernie Marsden’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Beast.’
“Every Whitesnake record I did has that guitar on it - I wrote all those songs on that guitar,” Bernie confided of an instrument that cost him £500 in 1974, though “it may as well have been 50 grand at the time”.
The Beast was all but retired from regular live use in the late 1990s, but recently, Bernie has so often loaned it to bluesman Joe Bonamassa that, “in the last few years, Joe has played it much more than I have.”
Still, as we head to Buckinghamshire to step through the door chez Marsden, it immediately becomes clear that he’s not exactly short of a guitar or two. Or 200, for that matter.
As a serious collector, over the years Bernie has bought, sold and traded his way up, amassing a haul of classic instruments that rivals any we’ve seen.
Equally jaw-dropping is his vinyl collection, and it’s surrounded by many thousands of 12-inch slices of rock and pop history, plus a full-size snooker table, in what is perhaps the ultimate ‘man cave’ - which is where we’re treated to the highlights of Bernie’s all-killer guitar collection.