Attic Find: Westfield Mini Les Paul

I bought this Westfield mini Les Paul guitar in January 2014 from an eBay seller who was Head of Stage on the London WWRY production for six years. He got Brian May to sign it back stage as a gift for his daughter but I decided to remove the silver Sharpie signature from the rear of the guitar body because it seemed inappropriate.

It has a solid wood body with an attractive grain structure and the neck and headstock are set at similar angles to a full size Gibson Les Paul. I checked the frets with a StewMac straight edge and was pleased to find that they are perfectly uniform so there is no reason why this shouldn’t look great and play well. I think it would make a fun display with my 3/4 scale Brian May Red Special. The guitar sat in its gig bag in my attic for seven years until I finally completed the project to upgrade all the hardware in March 2021. You can read about the details here:

Queen Extravaganza/Nick Radcliffe

Last night (1st November 2018) my wife and I took our son to see the Queen Extravaganza at the Clyde Auditorium (SEC ‘Armadillo’) with an overnight stay at the Glasgow Hilton to celebrate his ninth birthday. Queen Extravaganza is the official Queen tribute band put together by Roger Taylor. The band line up for the current U.K. tour consists of: Alírio Netto (lead vocal) François-Olivier Doyon (bass guitar) Nick Radcliffe (lead guitar) Darren Reeves (keyboards) Tyler Warren (percussion) On the 2018 tour, the band play a large selection of songs from Queen’s Greatest Hits catalogue to packed auditoriums around the U.K. There was a lively atmosphere and an appreciative audience at last night’s concert.

I doubt that Nick ‘Radish’ Radcliffe will remember me, or thank me for posting this image cropped from our whole school photograph in 1987, but he was in the year above me at St Bees School in Cumbria until he left. I remember him distinctly due to an altercation we had in my first year (1985) on Eaglesfield house… Public schoolboys… It’s a small world.

After studying music at Middlesex University, Nick has built a successful career as a respected session and performance guitarist. He has played with Gabrielle and M People and performed in the West End with “We Will Rock You”, “Rock of Ages” “Motown The Musical” and “Jersey Boys”. You can read more about him here:

See some examples of Nick’s guitar tuition work at FretHub’s website or the Facebook page and YouTube channel:–bWgQJiQWjQ

Some clips from Nick’s audition for the Queen Extravaganza on FretHub’s YouTube channel