Wednesday, 25 February 2004
Boom in Guitars: Retro rockers The Darkness have sparked a massive boom in electric guitar sales. One supermarket chain reported an 82 per cent rise in the last three months with youngsters leading the rush. And bosses of their shopping website said budget copies of the guitar played by the band's frontman, Justin Hawkins, are the most popular buys. Tesco.com managing director David Clements said: 'If guitar sales are anything to go by, we'll have another generation of rockers to look forward to soon.' Hawkins plays various Gibson Les Pauls, worth around £2000 each. Copies cost less than £180.