In early 2013 we were asked to strip Mani’s 2 Epiphone “Jack Cassidy” basses so that they could be covered in an artwork by Glasgow artist and 2005 Turner prize nominee, Jim Lambie. Here you can see the basses before, during and after their transformation…like virtual butterflys emerging from a chrysallis if you like … oh…suit yourself!!! They arrived straight from the factory in their boxes looking and playing just like a standard Epiphone bass. We set them up at that stage… sorted the fretwork and the playability out so that would be sorted when they came back from the vinyl wrappers. The graphics for both guitars were designed by Glasgow artist Jim Lambie. the designs were transferred on to a vinyl wrap by a company who usually make printed vinyl advertising signs for taxis and buses. They came back to us strikingly transformed a few days later as you can see. We then put them back together, gave them a check over, making sure they were setup to our required standard then sent them off to Mani. Job done.
Mr. Lambies trademark striking concentric coloured striped graphic is instantly recognisable and the silver mirror finish resplendent with an image of the legend who is Dave Hill of Slade (don’t ask me…ask Jim or Mani!) certainly can’t be found in your local guitar store but they looked great hanging round Mani’s neck on stages all over the world throughout 2013…audiences were certainly able to see him from the back of the stadium!
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