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Spiders from Mars turns 50

50 years ago today, David Bowie rocked the world with the release of his masterpiece “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...", which featured Rotosound players Mick Ronson and Trevor Bolder.

Like a fine wine, this album gets better with age…

‘Roto’s hold their brightness which means I don’t have to change strings so often’. –Trevor Bolder

An album that shook the Earth!

The album made a tectonic impact on both music and culture, which still reverberates through pop culture today.
 
Like a fine wine, this album gets better with age…
David Bowie Mick Ronson Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1972 Ziggy Tour hits Oxford Town Hall
David Bowie and Mick Ronson perform at the Oxford Town Hall on June 17th 1972
Interested in what gear was used?
 
 

Trevor Bolder’s equipment with the Spiders From Mars

Trevor used Swing Bass 66 strings since the early ’70s: when asked why, he said ‘Roto’s hold their brightness which means I don’t have to change strings so often’.
David Bowie Mick Ronson Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars press shot
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars press shot

Mick Ronson’s Spiders from Mars equipment

To make life easy for us guitar geeks, Mick very kindly listed all his Ziggy Stardust-era gear in the biography “The Spider with the Platinum Hair”:
 
‘On stage I use two Gibson Les Paule Custom guitars, with another as spare, placed on a convenient stand. I use Rotosound strings and the gauges are 0.009 (1st), 0.011 (2nd), 0.014 (3rd), 0.025 (4th), 0.035 (5th), and 0.044 (6th). My amplifier is a Marshall 200-watt with one 120-watt Marshall cabinet containing four 12-inch Celestion speakers.
Mick Ronson's Spiders From Mars equipment

‘I use a Cry Baby wah-wah pedal and an American Tonebender – which used to belong to Pete Townshend. He sold it to someone else about seven years ago and I bought it for £5. It is the only one of its kind I have ever seen.

‘Other guitars that I possess are a Yamaha acoustic, a Brazilian Carlos Robelli acoustic, a Gibson black SG Special, and a Fender Mustang.’

 

Learn more about which other rock legends played Rotosound strings

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