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Bands drive up guitar sales

Six string sales at all time high

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Sales of guitars in the UK have reached an all-time high.

Musicians spent £110 million on electric, bass and acoustic guitars in 2005. This is a £8 million increase from 2004.

The Music Industries Association (MIA) said that cheaper guitars made in China had pushed prices down. Electric and bass guitars are the most populat, with £70m of 2005 sales compared with acoustic at £40m.

Howard Whatley, a musician and sales assistant at Macari’s music shop in London who provides guitars for the likes of Oasis, Snow Patrol and Primal Scream, told The Guardian:

“I think it’s because there’s so many young, good bands out there and this is encouraging people to get out and do it.

“They are looking at bands like The Libertines and the Arctic Monkeys that are pretty talented, and it encourages people to try it for themselves.

"We have a lot of kids aged between 10 and 18 who have never played a guitar before but are so into these bands and they want to be able to play their singles.”

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