Ian Curtis’s iconic Vox Phantom VI guitar returns to Manchester for major music exhibition

Curator installing Ian Curtis's Vox Phantom VI guitar into the museum exhibition
(Image credit: Science Museum Group)

After it was sold at auction in October 2020, Ian Curtis’s famed Vox Phantom VI electric guitar is set to make a show-stopping return to Manchester, England, for a new temporary exhibition.

The guitar in question, made famous for its appearance in the music video for Joy Division’s mammoth hit Love Will Tear Us Apart, will feature at the Use Hearing Protection: the early years of Factory Records display at the Science and Industry Museum from June 19.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.