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Andy Scott (guitarist)

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Andy Scott (guitarist)

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Associated actsSweet The Silverstones The Elastic Band Mayfield's Mule
Birth nameAndrew David Scott
Born( 1949-06-30 ) 30 June 1949 (age 71) Wrexham , Wales
GenresHard rock , glam rock , heavy metal
InstrumentsGuitar , keyboards , vocals
Occupation(s)Musician , songwriter
Websiteandyscott .info
Years active1963-present
2015 The Sweet - Andy Scott - by 2eight - DSC0863.jpg "2015 The Sweet - Andy Scott - by 2eight - DSC0863.jpg", by Stefan Brending (2eight), licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Before Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage and Hell Raiser lighted up the charts, Sweet guitarist Andy Scott-then member of Welsh psych-rockers Elastic Band-saw Deep Purples Ritchie Blackmore playing Cherry 61 ES-335 fit with Bigbsy B5 and simply had to have one of his own. Scotts guitar-house until recently at British Music Experience in Londons O2 Arena and now in residence at Liverpool Cunard Building-was 63 block-neck model purchased from a store in Manchester for a princely sum of £100 shortly before he joined Sweet in 1970. When Scott first encountered the instrument, it had a small battery-power treble booster fit where theres now metal cap on top of the lower cutaway. It delivered driven tone but make guitar feed back too much and was removed as a result. It was also speculated that the guitar had been assembled from two separate ES-335s, as it featured two distinct serial numbers: one on the back of headstock and another on orange label inside the body. The story goes that this was because fire had broken out in the warehouse of Barratts Music Shop, damaging two guitars but leaving one body and one neck unscathed. Bigsby fit on Andys 335 is B5, as opposed to B7 units more commonly seen on Gibson semis. To get to the bottom of this, we managed to track down Brian Higham, former manager of Barratts, now retired and living on Anglesey in North Wales. I worked there on and off from late 50s to 1978, he recall. The fire was around 1967 or 68 and started in a drum shop on the corner of Oxford Road, and guitars were at least 100 yards away, separated by a pub called Oxford but part of the same building. Brian insisted that no guitars were involved in the fire, but remembered one of the staff had to jump from the first floor window when fire broke out. Fire even make local press at time. He also suggested that one of staff may have mentioned recent fire in an attempt to provide prospective buyer with a credible story to explain the serial number discrepancy, before selling the guitar at a discounted price of £100. According to Brian, second-hand 335s would sell for anything between £100 and £125 in the late 60s. Will taking a closer look at guitar reveal the truth? Theres ground wire attached to the bridge pickup-mod that may have been done when guitar had its now-remove treble booster fit. We arrive at Cunard Building at 7am and have roughly hour to examine ES-335 as it needs to be back under glass in time for British Music Experience 9am opening time. The guitar outline is very much a transitional example-not quite the full Mickey Mouse ears of earliest ES-335s but its horns are as narrow as they would become soon after.

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