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NODDY HOLDER

Nod's earliest guitars

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This picture of Nod shows him twanging away furiously with what appears to be a Hofner V2 guitar. A not too expensive starter guitar. He appears to be surrounded by the Salvation Army. What's going on here?

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This is a Hofner V2 (not Nod's original, though!!)


Gibson 335 (without and then with tremolo arm)

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A Gibson 335 would have been beyond the reach of most teenagers back in the 60's, but Nod ended up with one somehow. He quite rightly looks very pleased with it and is doing a silly little dance to prove it. His chum in the above picture used what looks to be a Hofner Futurama bass.

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Nod's guitar has had a Bigsby tremolo arm added at this point. His bandmates used a Harmony 12 string (ho-hum) and (gasp of envy) a Rickenbacker. (Thanks to Chris S for the Hofner and Gibson pictures above and also for identifying the model of the Hofner)


Nod's Fender Telecaster

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For many years this was Nod's main guitar for stage work. The Telecaster sound just dominated Slade's early records.

Stu Rutter is fairly well up on what pickups John Birch put into Nod's Tele : "In mid / late 74, in time for its use in Flame, Nod's Tele had it's neck (Superflux) p/u removed at John Birch, and a whole new bridge & scratchplate made to put a Magnum humbucker at the bridge. The neck pickup was then placed into the new scratchplate at the neck. Notice that the neck pickup is at the opposite angle to what it was in the original bridge."

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This other Fender Telecaster was used by Nod, pre-Slade's glory days.

Courtesy of www.jimleamusic.com


Nod's Gibson Les Paul

Nod has stated that he used a Gibson Les Paul in the studio quite often with Slade and that may be the guitar which appeared in The Grimleys TV show. Picture of that guitar to come shortly.


Nod's blonde Antoria jumbo acoustic

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Nod used this in the 'Far far away' video and in the stage scene in 'Flame'. It is a replica of a far more expensive Gibson guitar. Nod probably went for the Antoria for its availability and more sensible price. They were also very comfortable to play with a creditably big warm sound.

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Here is a picture of Slade in the studio (circa 'Old New Borrowed and Blue') where Nod holds a darker sunburst Gibson jumbo acoustic with block inlays on the neck. This may have been the property of the studio or could have been hired in for the studio sessions. Nod has not been seen elsewhere with it. At the front of the picture is the late Tommy Burton (pianist on 'Find yourself a rainbow')


Standing Ovations......

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Nod also used an Ovation 'balladeer' acoustic guitar in the video and TV promo appearances for 'Universe'. This guitar may be the same one used in the video for 'Do you believe in miracles?' and the Grimleys TV show - which strongly suggests that Nod still owns it.

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Another Ovation- this time it's a Deacon - as used by Nod around the 'You Boyz' period.


And when Slade played together live for the last time in the UK .....
Jim and Dave used whatever gear was provided by the band Whild John.

Nod instead chose to use Ian Edmundson's Tokai Strat replica.
Ian still owns this guitar and uses it for the occasional recording.

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Nod's Gibson Les Paul TV / Junior

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Pictured - possibly - outside Pebble Mill TV studios 1977. This guitar also appears on the sleeve of the bootleg 'Short hair EP' It is not known whether this is the Gibson Les Paul guitar that Nod used for many of Slade's studio recordings. He has also been seen to use a goldtop Les Paul on The Grimleys. Nod used a large bodied Gibson archtop guitar around this same time for the 'My baby left me' video. That was likely to have been either hired in or borrowed for the shoot.

Nod's Gibson SG Junior

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Nod had a couple of these over the years. One was stolen by someone 'helping' the roadies carry the band's gear after a great gig at Barbarella's in Birmingham in 1979. The guitar didn't reach the truck. Nod was utterly incensed. This guitar was fitted with John Birch pickups and bridge. The thief contacted Holder in later years to apologise for taking the guitar and to ask for forgiveness, as an essential part of his drug rehabilitation. Holder has never said who the 'well-known musician' who took the guitar was, but he has not forgiven him.


CMI SG replica

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Nod is pictured with a CMI SG styled guitar here on a US TV show. This looks fairly like a Gibson SG except that it does not feature an upper cutaway. It was far cheaper than any Gibson would have been at the time. If I remember correctly, Nod used this in Flame for the earliest 'Iron Rod' scenes.

The Gibson Thunderbird bass, Gibson Flying V and Gibson SG custom guitars used in the 'Radio Wall of Sound' video and the following TV slots were all hired for the occasion.


NOW THAT NODDY HOLDER HAS FINISHED WITH IT, IT'S GONE TO A GOOD HOME.

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