Manzanera has always been known for his innovative approach to
guitar playing and, over the years, this has been reflected in
his choice and use of guitars, amps and effects. The Roxy Music
Tour 2001 has proved to be no exception. This time, he has chosen
to combine the traditional virtues of well established guitar
makes such as Gibson and Fender with state-of the-art amplification
by Roland and Peavey.
aficionados will have recognised Phil's trademark red, white and
gold Gibson Firebird that first saw the
light of day on a Roxy Music album sleeve some 28 year's ago.
But he has also been playing one of two black Gibson
Les Paul custom guitars, one of which was built specially
for him this year. These have been customised with a mother of
pearl inlay in the form of an Iguana.
been also been raised, however, by the two white Fender
Stratocasters that have featured on such Manzanera guitar
epics as the frenzied solo on 'Ladytron'. The more eagle-eyed
amongst you have noted that the guitars do not use the normal
jack socket but have an extra socket built into the bottom of
the guitar. This output connects a special MIDI pickup to the
remarkable new Roland Modelling amps
that both Phil and Chris Spedding have been using on the tour.
Phil has at his disposal two Peavey combo amps which are available
to add an even wider tonal range to the Manzanera guitar sound.
Held in reserve,
should accidents happen, Phil has two more guitars: his trusty
wood finish Fender Telecaster and one of his studio favourites,