Thursday, 25 March 2010

Captain Sensible's cricket bat guitar

When I saw Colin Flint's Cricket Bat Guitar on eBay a few days ago, I immediately thought that it might be the same instrument as used by The Damned's Captain Sensible back in the mid 1980s.

However, I emailed Colin Flint and he told me that he did not build Captain's cricket bat guitar (he hadn't even been aware of it), although coincidentally it also has a Telecaster neck. The body, in this case, is flat and not contoured in the right places like a real cricket bat, and is more than likely just a cricket bat-shaped guitar rather than a guitar made out of an actual cricket bat.

Captain Sensible is known to have used this guitar on stage with The Damned, including on one notable occasion at Brockwell park when he used it as an actual bat to hit baked potatoes that were being thrown at the stage. (The mind boggles... but then Damned gigs did have a repuation for being chaotic!)

Captain gave this guitar away as a prize on the BBC1 Saturday morning TV show "Saturday Superstore". If you were the lucky winner or if anyone out there knows of this guitar's whereabouts now, we'd love to hear from you!

G L Wilson

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  1. That guitar was made by a guy called Mark Nelson, himself an erstwhile punk guitarist with short-lived band The Unwanted. I was at university with Mark during the early '80s. He made quite a few guitars, none of them especially well-finished! Sadly I believe Mark died in some kind of accident back in the '90s.

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