ABBA guitarist Lasse Wellander shares his story of playing for the Swedish pop institution

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Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus recruited Lasse Wellander into the ABBA fold very early in the band’s formation. They’d seen him play in both pop and blues-rock situations and knew he’d be great for the job. 

Not only did Lasse play on most of the singles and albums, he also trekked the world backing the band on the legendary ‘Abbamania’ tours of Australia and Japan, and an equally unforgettable sold-out run of shows at London’s Wembley Arena. 

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.