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Hank Marvin reminisces about first Fender Stratocaster

The first Fender Stratocaster owned by Hank Marvin remains close to his heart, the musician has revealed.
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Electric guitar player Hank Marvin has shared his memories of the first time he picked up a Fender Stratocaster.

The Shadows star told the Tonight website that bandmate Cliff Richard bought him a Fender Stratocaster as a gift back in the late 1950s.

Marvin explained that there had been an embargo on buying guitars from the States from the end of World War II until that time.

"Cliff ordered it straight from the factory," the electric guitar player said.

"He bought me that first wonderful Strat, which I received in the spring of 1959."

Marvin added that the instrument had then been lent to The Shadows' Bruce Welch – who has never returned it.

He added the pair now have a pact in which whoever lives longest gets to keep it.

Last month, a police appeal was launched for a separate Fender Stratocasterguitar signed by The Shadows that was stolen last year, reported the Bromsgrove Echo.

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Posted on 4 Mar 2010 18:30 to category : Music News

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