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Andy Scott’s red ES-335 starred on the Sweet’s remarkable string of glam hits in the early 1970s. Steve Clarke gets up-close with this storied Gibson and busts a few myths about it along the way…

Andy Scott’s ‘63 ES-335

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Before Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage and Hell Raiser lit up the charts, Sweet guitarist Andy Scott – then a member of Welsh psych-rockers The Elastic Band – saw Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore playing a Cherry ‘61 ES-335 fitted with a Bigbsy B5 and simply had to have one of his own. Scott’s guitar – housed until recently at the British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena and now in residence at Liverpool’s Cunard Building – was a ‘63 block-neck model purchased from a store in Manchester for the princely sum of £100 shortly before he joined the Sweet in 1970.

When Scott first encountered the instrument, it had a small battery-powered treble booster fitted where there’s now a metal cap on the top of the lower cutaway. It delivered a driven tone but made the 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 features two distinct serial numbers: one on the back of the headstock and another on the orange label inside the body. The story goes that this was because a fire had broken out in the warehouse of Barratts Music Shop, damaging two guitars but leaving one body and one neck unscathed.

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