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BOND - Electra Glide - 198x - (finish uncertain)


Sample photo of a Bond Electraglide
This is not The Edge's guitar. Click on photo for larger view.

- I am not certain of the finish of The Edge's "Electraglide". Many that I've seen are matte black but I've seen red and green Electraglides too. And thus far, I've not seen a picture of The Edge playing his.
- 21 Frets unique step fret design aluminium fretboard.
- Carbon fibre one peice construction.
- pick up with active controls for out of phase etc LED push button electronic controls And see-saw Vol and tone controls.
- "I'm interested in abusing technology," he chuckles. "There's a revolutionary new guitar called Bond Electric Light (Electraglide), which is a very finely-crafted guitar without proper frets. Instead it has little serations. 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 abuse 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 the Bond. It's and English guitar. I don't know if they are made anymore [GW Editors note: They're not], but I got it three or four years ago [dating the guitar to around 1983/84]. Naturally, with us, we try to approach anything without preconceptions, we just control the room withouth 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 can bend the neck so that the strings started to vibrate on the fretboard as I played, and - the guitar having no true 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 normally don't get. People complained bitterly about it!"
- Guitar World // "The Leading Edge" // July 1987

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