Joy Division - Ian Curtis’ iconic guitar

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russpmrusspm Frets: 345
I visited the Factory Records exhibition at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry last weekend.
They have on display the iconic ‘Tear drop’ guitar used by Ian Curtis from Joy Division.
If anyone is interested there a few photos below.
If you are in the area it’s well worth a visit.

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  • dcgdcg Frets: 135
    Extraordinary how this shape still speaks to so many of us...I played the organ version of this guitar many years ago.  It's safe to say that Jimmy Smith wouldn't have felt anxious if he'd had the misfortune to hear the results...
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 56856
    russpm said:

    They have on display the iconic ‘Tear drop’ guitar used by Ian Curtis from Joy Division.
    It's a Phantom. The Teardrop is the one Brian Jones used.

    (And is surprisingly huge, whereas the Phantom is a more sensible size.)

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 723
    It's a beauty - loved his high-rider approach.

    Did it have an owner/loan acknowledgement ? I think his daughter Natalie put it up for sale last year...
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  • nonesuchnonesuch Frets: 172
    Odd how the exhibition caption describes it as 'teardrop shaped' when it's obviously not.
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  • russpmrusspm Frets: 345
    ICBM said:
    russpm said:

    They have on display the iconic ‘Tear drop’ guitar used by Ian Curtis from Joy Division.
    It's a Phantom. The Teardrop is the one Brian Jones used.

    (And is surprisingly huge, whereas the Phantom is a more sensible size.)
    I thought it was odd that the information there said it is teardrop shaped when clearly it isn’t.
    What are the built in effects?
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  • martmart Frets: 4577
    nonesuch said:
    Odd how the exhibition caption describes it as 'teardrop shaped' when it's obviously not.
    The person who wrote that might have odd shaped tears.
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 22616
    edited July 29
    I went to this a couple of weeks ago - really worth a visit if you’re interested in this era of Manchester’s music.
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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 4477
    russpm said:
    ICBM said:
    russpm said:

    They have on display the iconic ‘Tear drop’ guitar used by Ian Curtis from Joy Division.
    It's a Phantom. The Teardrop is the one Brian Jones used.

    (And is surprisingly huge, whereas the Phantom is a more sensible size.)

    What are the built in effects?
    Miku. 
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 831
    It’s an absolutely fascinating archive exhibition. I’d thoroughly recommend it. 
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  • 26.226.2 Frets: 95
    He had a black one as well - not sure that it had all the effects, so may not have been a Phantom VI. The white one had fuzz, some sort of tremolo and a kind of percussion/mute effect that didn’t work. I actually played it many moons ago. 
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  • PabcranePabcrane Frets: 245
    Is the exhibition permanent or only at the museum for a limited time?
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 22616
    Pabcrane said:
    Is the exhibition permanent or only at the museum for a limited time?
    Limited time:

    https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/use-hearing-protection
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  • mark123mark123 Frets: 775
    Pabcrane said:
    Is the exhibition permanent or only at the museum for a limited time?
    Limited time:

    https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/use-hearing-protection
    Ends Jan3rd 2022.
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  • BoopDeWoopBoopDeWoop Frets: 96
    There’s some fantastic pictures and information about it in the Instrument book by Pat Graham. 
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  • PabcranePabcrane Frets: 245
    Thanks for that Mark & Richard - I'm going to have to work out a trip up to Manchester!
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  • v12catv12cat Frets: 4
    edited August 1
    The whole museum is a very interesting visit. Not seen this exhibition though. Been a couple of times as it's fairly near to me. Ian Curtis actually went to the same school as my girls are at and he grew up in my nearest town.
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  • I read Peter Hook's book where he talks about this guitar and the "Replat" button which I thought was a typo but it does actually say "Replat" on the guitar! (although I suspect it's actually "repeat" and some of the E has rubbed off)
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