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    Romford, Essex.

    Various shots of guitars being made at a factory in Romford. Good C/Us of craftsmen at work and of the guitars taking shape. Narrator says that guitar making is enjoying a boom in Britain because of the "Beat Groups". The guitars are electric guitars and a dozen different craftsmen will work on each one - "all this to make a bedlam of adolescent noise" says the narrator. He makes a gag about how expensive the guitars are, leaving musicians with no money to have a haircut.

    Some of the guitars are sprayed bright red and hung up to dry. Guitars are strung. They are "Burns" guitars. Man tests the sound quality of a guitar with special equipment. Narrator quips: "Surprising when you consider the noise they make that each and every guitar is scientifically tuned just as if they were REAL musical instruments!" The guitars are then burnished to a high gloss - lovely!

    David Michael from the Unit Four Plus Two takes one of the guitars and strums it - cue for a song, see next record for "Unit Four Plus Two".

    Cuts exist - see other records.

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    British Pathé
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    01:53:27:00 / 01:55:30:00
    CP 539
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    CP 539
  • Appears in...

    Fashion & Music Trade & Industry
    Reports Other interesting stuff guitars 1 Untitled Viewspace Soundmaker 2014-11-15 Electric ITRTW-Going Electric Birth of the Electric Guitar The Birth of the Electric Guitar Reassembler
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The final paragraph, beginning "David Michael.....", does not actually appear in this clip. Instead it appears in the linked clip, number 315.11.

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