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1) U.K. luthier Sid Poole made this replica in 1994. 2) Marsden calls this
'59 Telecaster Custom "a great, desirable, and cool-sounding guitar." He
used it while backing Robert Plant. 3) This '61 SG Les Paul was Marsden's
first Gibson. Acquired in 1970, he used it with UFO, Wild Turkey, Cozy

After 20 years in London, Marsden
recently returned to rural Buckinghamshire, where at age 13 he'd first joined a
band (The Jokers). At 17, he was in Skinny
Cat, opening for well-known U.K. acts
such as Skid Row, Slade, Hawkwind (with
Lemmy Kilmister on bass), Vinegar Joe,
Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, Keef Hartley
Band, and Chicken Shack. His ability as
a guitarist caught the attention of many
headliners and helped carve his career
path.
We recently caught up with Marsden
at home, where he ref lected on the high-

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Powell, and recorded Whitesnake albums from Trouble through Saints
and Sinners. Gary Moore used it with Colosseum 2 in the '70s. 4) This
'52 Les Paul is signed by its namesake, who used a nail to carve his
name in the pickguard, as Danny Gatton and Jim Singleton looked on.

lights of a laudable career and the gear
that helped carve his sound and style.
What gear did you use in the early
days?

My first real setup was a Höfner Colorama and Watkins 2x10" Dominator. It
was a typical setup for a young band. Later,
a Burns Orbit 3x10 replaced the Watkins.
In 1968/'69, Jim Marshall had a shop in
Bletchley. I was a huge Peter Green fan
and wanted a Les Paul, but they were hard
to find. Jim had a new U.K. Grimshaw
replica in the store, so that was the guitar
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for me - £130. Hanging next to it was a
red Gibson 335 at roughly the same price,
but I had to have the "Les Paul." Peter
Green didn't play a 335!
Who were your key influences?

Well, our gigs were local and included
the U.S. military bases in the area. That
connection was a crucial part of my early
days because the gigs were organized
by a U.S. Army Captain who was also a
guitar player. He introduced me to James
Brown, Albert King, and Howlin Wolf -
and he showed me how to play those JB
guitar parts. I already owned the John


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