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Username: karl

Post Number: 36
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 6:13 am:   Edit Post

Most of you guys are probably aware of the excellent book that came out a couple of years ago documenting John Entwistle's collection of basses and guitars. I'm afraid I forget the title, despite the fact that it sits on my coffee table . . .

Anyway, I was leafing through it the other night, looking with longing at some of John's Alembics. However, on seeing the photo of his 4 string Spider, something struck me as odd about it. It's got the names of the notes inlaid on the fretboard instead of the usual dot markers, apparently to help John overcome bouts of stagefright. All fair enough so far. But . . . unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, at the 9th fret (and the 21st) on the E string, instead of C#, the note name inlaid says D#!!?? Surely shome mishtake? Or is this one of John's in-jokes?

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Username: senmen

Post Number: 431
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

Hi Karl,
you are really sharp eyed!
And yes, you are right. On the V-head Spyder there are these mistakes as described by you. I also checked on the other Spyders, here they are correct.
BTW if you plan to have a Spyder buildt with these markers be prepared to have MUCH money!

Many greetings
Oliver (Spyderman)

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