This is interesting. Can any of you guys give me a some examples as to what pedals are used for what part of a song. For example, farewell to the world DVD, Neil uses a particular pedal in parts of Fall at Your Feet. I am interested, only a beginner but thought I might purchase a few.
The Boss DD-3 is used heavily. A great example is DOn't Dream It's Over - thats what gives the unique sound. In the pic the settings are spot on too for this :-)
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Can any of you guys give me a some examples as to what pedals are used for what part of a song. For example, farewell to the world DVD, Neil uses a particular pedal in parts of Fall at Your Feet.


I know for the last two tours neil uses his Boss VB 2 for fall at your feet, he uses it for the intro and then when hes picking the second verse chords. Not sure about the farewell to the world version, wethere heuses anything at all. neil usually uses his hot cake for the solos and lead bits and more recently his tonebone and mudhoney II. Unfortunately you can buy Boss VB2s new anymore and theyre very hard to get a hold of second hand. A very goodcopy of the VB 2 is the behringer uv300. the only draw back is that its in a plastic chassis as opposed to the boss metal ones.
Guitars - Epiphone Les Paul '56 Goldtop, Fender Telecaster, Yamaha Acoustic

Amp - Marshall 30 watt

Pedals - Boss DD-3, Boss TR-2, Boss TU-2, Boss Distortion, Crybaby all located in a Boss pedalboard.

Extras - E-bow
My setup is:

Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Standard, Martin D18
Amp: Vox AC15
Pedals: Boss TU2; Crybaby 535Q; Maxon OD-9; Behringer UV300; Boss DD-3

The Martin goes into a SansAmp Acoustic DI and then into the PA

I'd love a Crowther Hot Cake but $165 is a bit out of my current price range... still on my wish list.

I'm tempted to get a BBE Boosta Grande to use for solos but I haven't decided yet.
Gibson Les Paul 1972 Deluxe Gold Top
Gibson Les Paul 1959 reissue
Takamine Santa Fe 1997

Hotcake
Korg AG30

Marshall VS100
Vox VT15
Fender Jaguar
Fender thinline tele deluxe
Ric 330
Gibson melody maker

played through Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with Boss TU2 and OC3 and Ibanez tubescreamer
Not really a "setup" per se, since my playing is just sitting around the house mucking up music.

Dillion Gold Top Les Paul copy with faux Bigsby and P90 soapbar pickups.
Squier butterscotch "Tele"
Squier black "Strat" beat up to look a lot like Clapton's "Blackie"
Danelectro purple sparkle "toilet seat" 12 string
OLP purple fake "birdseye maple" Ernie Ball Music Man copy (looks like the one of the left here: http://img238.imageshack.us/i/gear018ct5.jpg/
Yamaha F-160 acoustic dreadnaught from the 70s - looks like it's from the 30s :gSmiler. Actually one of the easiest guitars to play from a neck standpoint and has a great tone.
Michael Kelly acoustic OOO size Trio Rose solid spruce top
http://www.michaelkellyguitars.com/trio_rose.html (this is a great value guitar - solid top, abalone and nice wooden binding for around $400!)
VOX AV30VT modeling amp - this thing is great! Has a single 12AX7 preamp tube.
Sunn SR25 amp originally 220V wired directly to 110V which gives it a different transistor overload characteristic. Kids, don't do this in the opposite direction :g:
DOD Digital Delay Sampler pedal
Morley JD-10 "Jerry Donahue" Amp simulator box - can recreate anything from Van Halen to Sex Pistols. Doesn't make you play like them though. I want my money back! (just kidding)
Dunlop Univibe pedal reissue
Electro-Harmonix "Big Muff" pedal reissue
Panther compressor pedal
And I've got an "overdrive" pedal hanging around somewhere - might be a Boss

For a guy who can barely play, I seem to have a bit of gear. In my defense, I'm a guy on a budget and the most I spent on anything was around $400 new (the Dillion and the Michael Kelly, both bought new off of eBay). The two Squiers cost me $90 each brand new from a pawnshop. I got the Vox amp brand new in a pawnshop for $130. The Sunn amp cost me $70 back in 1989 when I was repping Fender in Germany and I got it for cost. Because the Yamaha was so vintage looking, I think I paid around $100 - I can't tell you how burnished and "used" this puppy looks and it's got a really nice warm sound to match its finish. By the looks alone, it should have gone for several hundred bucks easy. It's authentically "aged", unlike the Strat, which I aged by sanding, hitting, scraping and burning. Maybe I'll post a photo of the Yamaha...

It's amazing what you find in a Nashville pawnshop, although they price really choice gear dearly. They're not stupid.

PS, that "Gold Top" with the "P-90" can get that "woman tone" like you wouldn't believe. And that "spongy Neil Finn sound"? In spades. The "Strat" sounds like lame due to the pickups but the "Tele" definitely has that Telecaster sound and feel even though it's a little bit thinner than the real Telecaster. And if I want to do the Distant Sun thing? Well, the Danelectro fills the bill. It also works well for some REM but doesn't do the Byrds thing all that well. For that, you really need a Rick.
yes any info on setting of the vox ac30 or the fender deluxe would be great!!



noticed that neil also uses a lehle p-split. which comes straigh after his ac30.
My current live rig:

Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Goldtop VOS(57 reissue)
Gretsch Nashville 6120
Custom Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Rickenbacker 330/12 Fireglow
Custom Maton 808

Midi switching system: Voodoo Labs Ground Control

Pedals run through Voodoo Labs GCX:
Ibanez Tubescreamer TS808
Boss DS-1
Proco Rat
Electro Harmonix Big Muff (for lead)
MI-Audio Booster
Vox Wah
Digitech Whammy (arriving soon!)

Line 6 M13

Fender Twin Reverb RI.
Add a (used) metallic grey Fender Jaguar to Neil's guitar collection - he used it for the first time at the Woodinville show on Saturday, and said he had picked it up at Emerald City Guitars in Seattle that day - forget which song he used it for in Woodinville, but he brought it out again for "Whispers And Moans" the following night in Vancouver.
Nice work Jaffaman!

This looks to be the very guitar Neil bought - it exhibits what appaears to be the same damage to the finish above the nut on the headstock.
WANT!!!
I love jaguars, used to have one in a nice blue but had to sell it to fund a trip to nz last year, wish I hadn't..
Just out of interest, does anyone know anything about Mark Hart's guitars? I seem to recall him using a red Gibson 335 and a Les Paul gold top (among others).

The gold top, unlike Neil's, has full-size humbuckers, so got me wondering if it was an original 1957, or a reissue?

Cheers
in relation to marks goldtop,it is a les paul deluxe, which leads me to believe that it did at one stage have deluxe mini humbuckers in it, with the boo boo rings. the mini humbuckers are smaller than standard humbuckers, and the boo boo rings compensated for the extra space. i think they would have been replaced with standard humbuckers of some sort.
Just bought this month's issue of "Guitarist" magazine, which has a feature on the "101 best ever stomp boxes".

There, at number 63, is the Crowther Audio Hot Cake - complete with a photo of Neil and him listed as one of its "famous users".
Here's a pic of Neil's old (discarded) Roland RE-201 tape echo unit.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4...6683/in/photostream/

Second box from the top. I've still got one somewhere. Gets great warm sounds and adds some depth to the sound. Not sure if Neil used tape echo on the guitar on the debut Crowded House album or not (tons of echo on Don't Dream for instance) - he was on the cusp of moving to digital at that point (Yamaha SPX-90 I think he moved to next).
Just wondering, with the huge amount of signature guitars Gibson does (list includes Jimmy Page, Slash, Randy Rhodes, Eric Clapton etc etc) if anyone on here would be interested in a Neil Finn version?

I imagine it would be his early 70s Gold Top - and Gibson tend to do three different versions. First 50 are aged (to look just like the real guitar) and signed by the artist, about 100 then just aged and maybe another 200-300 VOS (vintage original spec, i.e. unpolished finish).

What do we reckon - any interest in something like this?
I would love if something like this became available!!! i bought a reissue gibson les paul goldtop with p90s and i ripped them out and put in mini humbuckes, but to have something like neils guitar would be amazing!
For fellow FX-nerds, here is a pic, thanks to vicarious, of Neil's pedal-board from Komedia (and Scala). Compared to a year ago, the T-REX Reptile didn't make it this time, nor did the VB-2. But there is a FREEZE sound retainer from EHX, which I hadn't seen before. It was put to good use...

Apologies, but I can't get the actual pic into this post, hence the flickr link... Frowner

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62210879@N04/5660524679/
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If you are going to have any Finn guitar it surely has to be the firebird *drools uncontrollably*


Very true, he himself has said many a time that its his favorite stage guitar

Great to see another pic of his pedals, surprised not to see the vb 2 there, ususally uses it for fall at your feet, but i guess because of the solo gigs, he didnt think the need to use it.
I think that's true, Sam. This is a slimmed-down choice for a "slimmed-down gig", (if I may put it like that). He didn't play acoustic guitar, so he didn't need separate tuners. It seems he decided also that he didn't need the redundancy with the analogue delay boxes.

The song choice certainly played its part.
Well with the delays, i know that he ususally keeps the dd3 on an infinite delay, that he used for the opening of the 2010 tour, and crazy sounds in hole in the river, or private universe, he uses the memory man for the normal delays in songs like ddio and dsn and whispers etc.... thats just going by the setting he had on them from the pic of his board on the ch 2010 tour
I'm very happy to provide the photograph but don't have the foggiest idea what you lot are on about Big Grin. I just love the noise it all makes Smiler
That Freeze pedal that Neil was using looks interesting - anyone know which songs he uses it on? I play in a three-piece and reckon it could be useful to "fill out" my guitar sound. Cheers Smiler
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Originally posted by Finntastic Mr. Fox:
Just bought myself a firebird. Such a sweet guitar. I can't seem to put it down. I have a rickenbacker 325c58 too. Love them both.


Nice - would love to see pics Smiler
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Nice - would love to see pics Smiler


Did not go for the exact firebird that Neil has. Firstly because I am not him (obviously Smiler) and secondly because I preferred the overall look and action of this guitar.

Have included a few pics of my Rickenbacker 325 aswell. It is the first Lennon 325(c58). I added the Bigsby because the Kauffman tremelo was a total dog.







Looks just great. Really liking the Ricky too. What amp do you play them through? Am thinking of upgrading my Marshall Valvestate to a Vox AC30 quite soon...
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That Freeze pedal that Neil was using looks interesting - anyone know which songs he uses it on? I play in a three-piece and reckon it could be useful to "fill out" my guitar sound. Cheers


Fairly sure he used it playing Suffer Never at scala. The impression i get is that he was trying it out, i perhaps he thought it did "fill out" his sound while playing solo.
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Originally posted by Renishaw:
Looks just great. Really liking the Ricky too. What amp do you play them through? Am thinking of upgrading my Marshall Valvestate to a Vox AC30 quite soon...


AC30 is on my wish list but as odd as it sounds I get everything I need in terms of sound from a fender amp.
If anyone heading off to see PajamaClub over the next couple of weeks, could maybe have a look at what neils using? maybe if you have a good position to have a look at his board? or the more obvious things like guitars, or amps, microkorg etc.

Thanks Smiler
so hes been using two fender pro juniors with pajama club, and his tweed amp he has at the ch shows is a 58 deluxe, the gretsch is a 58 also Smiler
- thanks for posting that, part-time 'anytime' piano-player!

Would love to know how they recreated Sean's vocal @ end of TNT for 2 so well, wasn't just Neil/Sean's harmony was it....and was it something from this pedal board which contributed to the effect?
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Originally posted by samjr93:
A shame we cant really see the settings on the newer memory man


She did her best, Sam, leaning right over the stage at full stretch, aiming the camera and hoping. Short of climbing up on stage (and a possible eviction) that was the best it got Smiler
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quote:
Originally posted by samjr93:
A shame we cant really see the settings on the newer memory man


She did her best, Sam, leaning right over the stage at full stretch, aiming the camera and hoping. Short of climbing up on stage (and a possible eviction) that was the best it got




Im really not trying to sound ungrateful whatsoever!! Frowner just a shame is all Frowner
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Originally posted by samjr93:
A shame we cant really see the settings on the newer memory man


- you tried photoshopping clanlesscaracal's pic.....or is that a step too far down the staircase of sadness Big Grin
Sam, I took another couple of pics last night at B'ham JUST FOR YOU Wink - haven't got them off the camera yet but if they're any good I'll put them here if I can get the necessary co-operation - my camera, daughter's URL Smiler
Hi there,

Just wondering if anybody would be able to offer a little more info on Neil's Maton acoustic.

I know it's a Custom EGB808. I'm trying to decide which is the closest looking standard-issue Maton. The 'Artist' model seems too light in colour. Would the EGB808L be a closer comparison?

Thanks in advance.

By the way, that's a great shot of the pdeal board!
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Hi there,

Just wondering if anybody would be able to offer a little more info on Neil's Maton acoustic.

I know it's a Custom EGB808. I'm trying to decide which is the closest looking standard-issue Maton. The 'Artist' model seems too light in colour. Would the EGB808L be a closer comparison?


In terms of features, Matons standard artist model is closer, in terms of sound. The artist models have small microphones just inside the soundhole aswel as a pickup, althought some of neils older models wouldnt have the microphone feature. The model hes using here is his most recent one from maton i believe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy3lzKykXkc
The 808L is a laminated finish, but i believe neils artist is a different finish of that to the standard artists. Not by colour but what its covered in. Maton would happily re create neils acoustic for you if you wish, just mail them.

Hope this helps Smiler
Just bought myself a Vox AC30.

If anyone on here has this amp could you please kindly share your settings for some Neil Finn tones. Early Beatlesy tones would also be welcome (fantastic amp btw)

Smiler
Neil using his old matchless at the finn brothers opening for the world cup, havent seen this since the oprea house show. Still no idea what head and cabinet/amp hes using with the matchless. he used the same one at the back end of the last ch tour. anyone any ideas?

Finn Bros Wont Give In
Go to 1:07 to get a good view of the amp/head/cab im talking about. didnt realise before but theres something else on top of the matchless.
Pictures of neil using a 65 amps, lil elvis. Not 100% sure of the model lil elvis, but the positioning of lights in the pictures on the pajama club facebook page leads me to believe its a lil elvis.
Any one know anything of the guitars Neil used on Songwriters Circle? First was a Taylor and couldn't make out the other, looked like quite a funky little 12-string. Are these his, or just borrowed for the concert?
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Any one know anything of the guitars Neil used on Songwriters Circle? First was a Taylor and couldn't make out the other, looked like quite a funky little 12-string. Are these his, or just borrowed for the concert?


Never seen the taylor before, and the "little funky" 12 string is a mini maton EMD/12 Diesel Special. Not sure if both are his, but he played the 12 string at the Jazz cafe, a solo gig, a few months back. i
I dont know if I should be admitting this but I have a Maton FyrByrd 1220 IDENTICAL to Neils...

Same Autumn Red Finnish with gold anodized guard...
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Originally posted by samjr93:
Go to 1:07 to get a good view of the amp/head/cab im talking about. didnt realise before but theres something else on top of the matchless.


I can't see it too clearly. Wondered perhaps if he might have dragged out his old RE-201? Seems unlikely but who knows....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQjsoMJDxt8
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Originally posted by GBass:
I dont know if I should be admitting this but I have a Maton FyrByrd 1220 IDENTICAL to Neils...

Same Autumn Red Finnish with gold anodized guard...


Cool - any chance of some pics Smiler
Here is a couple pics of the fyrbyrd... I found out the color of mine and neils is NOT Autumn Red... In fact it was a custom color Mahogany... Left the factory 29/10/65

[IMG:left] [/IMG]

[IMG:left] [/IMG]

I actually have a Black one as well...

[IMG:left] [/IMG]

Both are simply amazing guitars...

Greg
Yes there is a Bigsby on the Mahogany one it just hasnt got the arm on it anymore... It was and still is common to remove the arm on the trem unit if you arent using it... They are easy to buy and just bolt straight on...

Greg
Just found out, through tweeting neil and googling that his tweed head and cab amp that he uses is a Gibson Ensemble GA 86. Only 46 ever made. Ultra rare. Neils is in great nick.

Originally Posted by Kid A:
Anyone know anything about this odd looking Kay guitar of Neil's?

 

 

that Kay probly sounds amazing recorded but i can imagine it would be awful for performing with on a stage under lights and variable temperature and humidity.

If you just check a few posts back, someone else asked that very question. My thoughts were that it was one of the guitars that neil has picked up over the years, or as Neil recently tweeted a gift from sharon for christmas. I am positive that he never takes it on the road with him as ive never seen him play it live ever. My guess is that it is one of his many guitars that floats around roundhead. 

Hey everybody, just wondering if any of the upcoming venues on the tour would accomadate being able to take snaps of neils pedal board? If anyone is withing reach it would be great if people could have a look! Thanks

I don't know how to put image on this forum('cause I'm new here)

 

Neil Finn's Pedalboard is like this

 

Boss Tu-2, Crybaby Wah, EHX Freeze, EHX Super Ego, Old Hotcake, T-rex Mudhoney 2, EHX Deluxe Memory Man, EHX Holy Stain, Boss DD-3

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Originally Posted by samjr93:
Is this board as of his dizzy heights tour? My email is samjr93@hotmail.com if you could send me a picture. Thanks!

Sorry for the late reply. I've just send you a mail.

Zombie post I've been meaning to reply to for years, but forgot my login credentials.
 
The guitar and bass in the Split Enz "Straight Old Line" clip are a Daion Savage guitar and matching bass. These were made in Japan in the 1980s and have been out of production for many, many years. You can still pick them up on eBay for around $350-$450. I've read some really good reviews.
 
Finally glad to be able to get that off my chest :-)
 
Andy
 
Originally Posted by HiString:
Hi, this is my first post here and I'm hoping some knowledgeable people may be able to solve a mystery for me............I'm trying to find out what the guitar is that NF is playing in the video clip for Split Enz song "Straight Old Line" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-m7HcNuFyA ), also the bass is the twin of the guitar.

Cheers Cool

 

Originally Posted by Reformed Dreamer:
Originally Posted by Kid A:
Anyone know anything about this odd looking Kay guitar of Neil's?

 

 

that Kay probly sounds amazing recorded but i can imagine it would be awful for performing with on a stage under lights and variable temperature and humidity.


Who knows, it may actually be dead reliable ! A rough Les Paul copy. I'd love to know how many guitars Neil actually owns !

Some of the Kays were actually well made. They weren't all nasty cheap things sold at  Woolworths. Even if it was a poorly made guitar in the first place, it could have been owned by someone who renovated it. I don't know guitars as well as basses, but looking at it, it looks like one of the better ones to me. 

 

I wonder if it has single coil pickups made to look like humbuckers. 

 

Interesting thread here: http://www.thegearpage.net/boa...wthread.php?t=660648

 

There is some really unusual looking instruments if I google on Kay Les Paul. But, there seems to be some family resemblence between Neil's guitar and a 1960s Kay Value Leader guitar.

 

http://www.guitar-museum.com/u...6/200178462427-3.jpg

 

(For some reason, I can't seem to insert the image as an image).

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Not one of Neil's, but a tribute to his work. I got myself a mint 2012 gold top Gibson Les Paul 70's Tribute (a modern reissue of the 70's Les Paul Deluxe Neil plays) for my birthday and decided to add a small customisation as a homage to one of my favourite Crowdies songs

 

The original pickup selector switch plate: Rhythm/Treble

Original

 

The custom replacement switch plate: Whispers/Moans

Replacement switch plate

 

i got a replacement made in the aged cream colour too:

 

All three

 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone.  Can someone tell me what make/model guitar Neil plays in Don't Dream it's Over video?  The headstock looks like a Taylor, but I'm probably wrong.  If anyone can help me I'd really appreciate it.  Thanks!

cjh1107 posted:

Hi everyone.  Can someone tell me what make/model guitar Neil plays in Don't Dream it's Over video?  The headstock looks like a Taylor, but I'm probably wrong.  If anyone can help me I'd really appreciate it.  Thanks!

He was playing a Yahama thin bodied sunburst acoustic with cutaway around the time. Pretty sure that's what it is - it looks like a Yamaha APX500III - actually not an expensive guitar these days.

He's also seen with what looks like a red Fender Telecaster later in the video - not the one he was using around the Woodface era though which has since been passed down to Liam, one I haven't seen him with elsewhere.

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Thank you.  I just looked a couple of the Yamaha's up and you're right, it looks a lot like them.  Appreciate it!!

Look closely. The red Telecaster is actually a Yamaha solid body. You’ll also notice Nick is playing a Yamaha BB bass.... I always wondered if it was a Yamaha product endorsement.

Spanky(Andy) posted:

Look closely. The red Telecaster is actually a Yamaha solid body. You’ll also notice Nick is playing a Yamaha BB bass.... I always wondered if it was a Yamaha product endorsement.

Interesting. Bulk discount from Yamaha? Freebies?
Neil must have liked the acoustic enough to hold onto it for a while.
He had a preference for those thin bodied acoustics in the early days of the band - the other one he generally played looks to be a Kramer Ferrington. It's the black one to be seen on their second appearance on The Joan Rivers Show in 1987 and often on that first tour. He was still using it during the Temple Of Low Men tour - see the performance of "Sister Madly" at the State Theatre in Sydney in 1988. His preference seems to shift to the full-bodied Maton acoustics around the Woodface era, though I think he had a Takamine or two for a while - Tim certainly did in the early 90's.
Neil also has that lovely custom built Danny Ferrington acoustic as seen on MTV Unplugged but it's not an instrument he's ever taken out on tour that I'm aware of.

Hi all..I’ve just put this together a copy of Neil’s black poker chip gold top deluxe.Think he’ll sign the back of the headstock for me?

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ShowMeAnimals posted:
quote:
Hi there,

Just wondering if anybody would be able to offer a little more info on Neil's Maton acoustic.

I know it's a Custom EGB808. I'm trying to decide which is the closest looking standard-issue Maton. The 'Artist' model seems too light in colour. Would the EGB808L be a closer comparison?


In terms of features, Matons standard artist model is closer, in terms of sound. The artist models have small microphones just inside the soundhole aswel as a pickup, althought some of neils older models wouldnt have the microphone feature. The model hes using here is his most recent one from maton i believe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy3lzKykXkc
The 808L is a laminated finish, but i believe neils artist is a different finish of that to the standard artists. Not by colour but what its covered in. Maton would happily re create neils acoustic for you if you wish, just mail them.

Hope this helps Smiler

From a reliable source, Neil has owned total of 5 Maton EBG808 guitars, custom made to his specs. The guitar in the clip is the second of the five, and distinctive in that it is the only one with a pickguard. This is also the guitar that Neil used in his emotional 2005 ARIA Awards tribute to Paul Hester, playong Better be Home Soon.  Neil generously donated the guitar for auction by the NZ music foundation in 2017.

https://www.rockshop.co.nz/ban...r-neil-finns-guitar/

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