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Dave Hill plays the Superyob in the promo for Slade's "My Friend Stan"


In the 1970s it seemed that nearly every popular band in the UK had to have a wacky John Birch guitar. Here we see Slade's Dave Hill playing the original Superyob guitar as built by the legendary John Birch.

The Superyob was reportedly not a very playable guitar and despite the insinuation in the above video that it was used in recording sessions, was in fact mainly used for mimed television appearances - and promo videos (obviously). The original Superyob is now owned by Marco Pirroni (ex Adam & The Ants guitarist - I had a very complimentary email from him a year or so ago about how much he enjoyed reading Guitarz) but is currently, I believe, on loan to the British Museum Experience.

For more about the guitars used by Dave Hill and his bandmates in Slade, Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, see this page.

G L Wilson

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