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Old 02-21-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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Bond Electraglide * One Tree Hill (solo) studio guitar

Bond Electraglide.

(From GW 1987 feature):
"..."I'm interested in abusing technology," he chuckles. "There's a revolutionary new guitar called a Bond Electric Light (Electraglide), which is a very finely-crafted guitar without proper frets. Instead it has little serrations. I tried to incorporate it into my playing armory and I found that it wasn't working, until I discovered the things you can do if you really sort of abused it! I got fantastic results. Like the sort of heavy fuzz guitar at the end of 'One Tree Hill,' and the last three tracks on the middle of side two — that sound is from the Bond.

"It's an English guitar. I don't know if they're still made [Editor's Note: They're not], but I got it three or four years ago. Naturally, with us, we try to approach anything without preconceptions, we just control the room without the windows. Now, this Bond guitar, it wasn't meant to do what I do to it. Its neck is some kind of plastic, so it's more flexible than most wooden necks.

"I discovered that I could bend the neck so that the strings started to vibrate on the fretboard as I played, and-the guitar having no frets -- it created a different kind of effect. It was an attempt to sound obnoxious. You know, you can wind up a Marshall, and it starts to sound better the higher you go. Well, this was a transistor amp and the sound was compressed to the hilt. I had it very loud and it just kind of had that edge of a sound that you don't normally get. People complained bitterly about it'''

I've seen one up close at the MIM Music Instrument Museum, in PHX, AZ.

Pix below are not of The Edge's Electraglide but... If you've ever wondered what one looks like...:






I have played one at the Hollywood Guitar Center (vintage room - Long since sold). Old but fun guitar.
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Cool!

It's always fun to see a guitar that doesn't revolve around looking and sounding like they did in the 50's or 60's. I wonder what that big recess above the bridge pickup does.
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But this guitar needs like gigantic external power supply to make it work, right?
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But this guitar needs like gigantic external power supply to make it work, right?
Maybe you're confusing it with the infinite guitar, the precursor to the sustainer/sustainiac equiped guitars of today that Edge used.
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Fro seriousness, it needs power supply to make those active pickups to work; look at the wiki: Bond Electraglide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And it appears that weird recess thing around the bridge is the screen/display to show your setting for pickups.
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Must be some really powerhungry pickups then.
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you can read about this guitar here. this person has very interesting taste for the guitar.
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