Bill Wyman stops Rolling Stones and starts digging earth with his Signature Metal Detector


billwymandetector.jpgThis may not be the most cutting edge technology, but I couldn’t let this story go past without a mention, particularly with the opportunity for bad puns.

He might not be the first celebrity to put his name to a gadget (that “lean mean fat reducing grilling machine” by, ermm, oh, whassisname, springs to mind) but this certainly seems to be one of the more offbeat endorsements around.

What you might not know about ex-Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman, though, is that he is an avid metal detector, fuelled by his passion for archaeology (blimey, we’ll be seeing him on Time Team next)

Now you too can experience the joy of metal detecting, with Bill Wyman’s Signature Detector.

“Metal-detecting is not just for anoraks or eccentrics; it’s probably the best and the most enjoyable way of learning about our history,”” says Wyman. ““On any garden, country field, footpath, woodlands, beach or moor land you can find a huge variety of historical objects, all easily located with this high quality metal detector.”

”According to the press release:

“The Bill Wyman Signature Detector is the perfect product, designed with one thing in mind: to make the experience of metal detecting fun, easy and accurate. To activate simply switch on and go. There’’s no intensive training manual or geeky jargon to slow you down. As you head off on your metal-detecting adventure, you can select between field or beach settings to get the best coverage depending on the terrain. With your metal-detector turned on, a high-pitched tone is emitted to tell you if you are hovering over a good target like gold or a low pitch tone indicating a bad target like iron. Then all you need to do is prop the detector on its rear struts, grab you trowel and start digging!”

Wyman claims that his detector is simpler and more effective than any other metal detector he’s used in the past, and he’d like everyone to give it a go.

It comes with a free informational DVD and has its own website at

The Bill Wyman Signature Detector costs £125.

Andy Merrett
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