Where would we be without the wonderful sound of The Shadows, more specifically, Hank Marvin, more specifically again that wonderful 1950’s Fender Stratocaster in Fiesta Red with the Gold hardware and the Birds Eye Maple neck. Of all the guitars I have studied in my lifetime, this one has by far, spoken to me the most.
But hey, hold the phone! Hank Marvin and the Shadows are an instrumental Surf Pop band of the 60’s to the 90’s, they’re not country. OK, I know that but listening through their repertoire you can’t help but notice a definite Western theme. Their most famous track, ‘Apache’ speaks for itself but it doesn’t stop there. Wonderful Land, Peacepipe, Geronimo, The Savage, to name a few more are written and played with the untamed West in mind. Hank has also covered so many more from that genre such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Magnificent Seven, and other classics which, all put together qualifies this Red beauty to the ‘Stars and their Guitars’ Hall of Fame,
So let’s dig into the life of our Strat a little more. Well we have to go back to the end of the 50’s when one Cliff Richard wanted his lead guitarist to have a new guitar. The current lead guitarist of his backing band was a young, bespectacled, Hank Brian Marvin. After talking to Marvin, Cliff Richard, wanting to buy the best guitar available bought the iconic Fiesta Red Stratocaster. Hanks love of the Strat came from his idols, James Burton, Ricky Nelson and Buddy Holly. The thing that really attracted him was the string bending and the tremolo action which he took to like a duck to water. That was the start of probably the most famous guitar-player relationship that would continue
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