I still remember it like it was yesterday. I blew out of Florida in September since I was tired of the heat and humdity to go visit my sister in Switzerland where the air was cool and dry. I flew in and out of Amsterdam, and on the way out I stayed overnight in a small seaside tourist town in a beautiful little Bauhaus hotel. In the morning at breakfast Avalon was playing inside my head. As I was listening to my brain do its thing the lovely blonde owner got up, walked across the room in her leather jeans, and put on the album! Ahhhh, synchronicity!
So, yes, I'd be very interested in knowing the details of Manzanera's guitars, too.
The Brit magazine "Guitar and Bass" has an article about a year ago about his guitar collections, including lots of photos and historical notes. If I come across it I'll scan it and post it somewhere. Maybe it's available on the magazines website. It is detailed.
I saw them in 82 at Radio City Music Hall and they were really at the top of their game. Phil played an Explorer most of the night and a Strat. They had another guitarist or two playing that night too.
A lot of the guitar on Avalon was recorded by another guitarist before Phil Joined the sessions. I forget the guitarist name, but he did work with the subsequent solo albums of Ferry.
I did a quick internet trawl and couldn't find too much information on what Mr. Manzanera was using on Avalon. But his website says he's readying a new album that's going to be called Firebird VII, presumably after the guitar he's been using (along with the Olympic White Strat and black Les Paul) since Roxy Music's debut.