Gary wrote: "It's a Shergold Masquerader (not unlike the one favoured by Bernard in his Joy Division days.) I got it soon after the Sisters became a gigging unit buying it off a mate of Craig's. Pretty much all the pre Warners era gigs would have seen me using it for some or all of the gig. It also features on a good many recordings and official releases (certainly there on Heartland and Floorshow, probably on Adrenochrome and Body Electric as well). As I said it bit the dust at Rock City - I snapped the head clean off and despite a valiant attempt to glue it back together it was never played again. If you check out the back of the body you can see an early attempt in white paint at the Anaconda snake-skin pattern. As if that weren't enough I dare say I wrote all the stuff on FAALA on it (never went in for that acoustic guitar approach.)" https://www.myheartland.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=227440#227440more
My father told me stories of his Custom Masquerader and how he regretted ever selling it. To see if the legends were true, i bought one for myself. When i received it, it had missing knobs and all the moisture had been sucked out of it, I was beginning to lose hope... But I pursued its restoration and eventually I had a mostly working and mostly stock guitar, and it appears the legends were no mere myth. The neck felt great and the action was amazingly low for an old, unloved British guitar. it's a shame that it has never gained much of a following but this is definitely a guitar I shall keep treasured.