Harry Pass Electric shop,Oldham Road,
Guitar pick and string provider to F104.
What up and coming guitarist could'nt resist gazing through the shop window at the latest in guitar technology Harry Pass had to offer.He was a quiet bloke who did'nt know much about guitars so you could always get a few quid knocked off the asking price.I bought a Westbury Standard from him,a nice looking and sounding guitar that would never keep in tune.I got annoyed with it one night, launched it in the air only for it to come straight down like an arrow and the head broke off (much to the amusement of everyone that had run for cover!!).I kept it thinking one day I'd get it fixed but ended up binning it when I moved house.A shame,they're considered a classic model these days.I still have one of Harry's Eko Ranger 6 string acoustics that I got in the 70's for less than 20 quid and I recently saw one on a site that was going for 440.
The shop was round the corner from the Spread Eagle and I'm sure many a roadie would run round for set of strings or a handful of picks,I've lost count of the sets of Ernie Ball Extra Slinky's I went through from that shop.Harry's still knocking about and must be in his late 70's by now,I saw him on a bus last week.
Artefact added : 11th July 2007