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I thought that picture was from the New Order gig at SO36 in Berlin.


Yes this is definitely from an early New Order gig in germany 1981. It was published in the SPEX magazine back then. I'm very secure that it is from the Berlin SO36 gig May 27 1981. This was filmed. Here are some screenshots:
http://darkcircleroom4.blogspot.com/2013/07/new-order-so36-club-berlin-germany.html

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..actually the VOX PHANTOM VI SPECIAL guitar is so cool.. If I remember right, that band, spacemen III used one. Or may be it was spiritualized.. built in effects are nice and weird sounding. I had a teardrop one but gave it away like a xxxx xxxxxxx ! 

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I mean, look at that case..

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II am now enclosing an interview done with Bernard Sumner for the excellent book by Pat Graham called Instrument. The instrument being discussed was the self-same Vox Phantom VI Special. 
Ian really liked this guitar. The Phantom had tons of effects built into it, as an added bonus. It had a pause unit, and a thing called the 'replat'. when we got the guitar, half the effects didn't work, and we were thinking "what the hell is the replat?" We got the guitar repaired, and it turned out that 'replat' was actually repeat - it was just a misprint. The guitar has a battery in it, and if you press the buttons in the wrong combination it will go into the self-oscillate mode and start to make this strange twittering sound that Ian liked very much. It is a pretty wacky guitar. 

Ian didn't' really want to play guitar, but for some reason we wanted him to play it. I can't remember the reason now. It sounded like some of the thinner guitars on the Velvet Underground tracks, clean and jangly. I think Ian used to only play on 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'... no I'm wrong, there was another track too. Maybe, 'Heart and Soul'? I do remember Ian used to play only one chord, which was D. We showed him how to play D and we wrote a song. I wonder if that's why we wrote 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', you could drone a D through it. I think he played it live because I was playing keyboards. On the record, I played guitar, a twelve-string Eko (misspelt 'echo') an Italian guitar that sounded pretty good. 

To pick it out, I think we just went to a record shop and said, that one looks cool, get that one and he said, yeah, I like that. I kept the guitar after he died, kept it under my bed in a case and then gave it back to his daughter when she came of age. 

We did use it on a couple of New Order recordings. The one I remember is 'Everything's Gone Green'. On the rhythm guitar part on that song, you can hear this guitar. It just plays the D chord. That's a joke... 

-Bernard Sumner.

 


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Absurd somehow that Sumners has forgot about or never has seen the only official video of Joy Division "Here Are The Young Men". There you can see Curtis playing guitar on "I Remember Nothing".
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..interesting fact - the eko ranger was used on LWTUA

it's a very popular guitar over here (italy) well made, sounds good 


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He did play it on "Heart And Soul" - and I believe he played it in the closing section of "Atmosphere" - certainly on the record anyway
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