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Mick Mars headstock contraption?

Post by MickeyMan89 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:42 pm

This has been bugging me for too long. On Mick Mars' mirror guitar, he sometimes had a strange box thing with wires behind the headstock. It's visible in some shots of the SOS video with the pointed neck, and VERY clear in this pic with the rounded neck.

The box seems to have a toggle switch on one side. I've theorized it's either overkill head stock reinforcement (this neck DID break at one point) or some sort of pre-Snark attached tuner. Love to know if anyone knows what it really is.


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Post by Dirty D » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:03 am

fireworks shooter with a battery igniter?
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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:15 am

^thought that too. Looks like a flare.
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Post by sixstring » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:24 am

Looks like a model rocket engine with the switches for arm & ignite. shrug
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Post by marsmountain » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:10 am

I wondered about this as well.

Ironically, this apparatus was mentioned in the weird/error laced story of the supposed Mick Mars "butt f'n ugly" WWE tele.

"After that short run of shows Mick had a falling out with Kramer and stopped playing their guitars. You can see the area on the back of the neck where Mick's rocket device on the Mirror guitar was hooked up."

Maybe it was a rocket device. Maybe it wasn't.

I saw the Feelgood tour in Philly in 89 and I don't recall Mick having any rockets/flames shooting from his guitar. But that was a long time ago.
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Post by Dirty D » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:41 pm

Ha, I WISH I was sober enough to remember the details of that show (or most of that decade).
Maybe he didn't fire it on stage and instead it was for keeping Tommy and Vince away.
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Post by marsmountain » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:25 pm

Doc wrote:Ha, I WISH I was sober enough to remember the details of that show (or most of that decade).
Maybe he didn't fire it on stage and instead it was for keeping Tommy and Vince away.
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Post by MickeyMan89 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:44 pm

Wish I was even alive for a Feelgood show lol.
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Post by RickYork » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:58 pm

Early wireless camera? S.O.S. video has some shots of his axe with this thingy on it..... shrug
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Post by MickeyMan89 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:22 pm

Mystery solved.

https://youtu.be/_XQ3vRgpkg4?t=43m3s

43:03. Mick does a pick slide, fires sparks from his guitar, and "shoots" his cabinets.

Once again solidifying how effing awesome Mick Mars is.
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