Gearphoria Vol 4, No 1

Ernie Ball touts St Vincent signature Music Man, Annie Clark team up for new axe 12 GEARPHORIA SEP/OCT 2015 ERNIE BALL’S Music Man brand and St. Vincent guitarist/vocalist Annie Clark have teamed up on an aggressively angular signature axe. Envisioned and designed by Clark (St. Vincent) with support from the engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, play- ing technique and personal style. Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, Califor- nia factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vin- cent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Clark herself. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man trem- olo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tun- ers, five-way pick up selector with custom configuration and three mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings. “I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this com- pany, this family, in whom I believe so completely,” said Clark. “The entirety of my experience as a gui- tarist is invested in this instrument. I sought to create a tool that would help and inspire those who share my priorities in a guitar, namely that it be comfortable and lightweight and that it exhibit clean lines, all without sacrificing tone flexibility.” The 25-1/2” scaled St. Vincent weighs in at 7lbs, 5ozs. and is 12- 9/16” wide, 1-5/8” thick, 39-9/16 long, and boasts a neck radius of 10”. Clark, who debuted the new model live when she joined Taylor Swift on stage in LA in late August, looks to have played off of her love for the Music Man Albert Lee HH she favors live in the design fo the new guitar. The St. Vincent signature is expect- ed to be available for pre-order soon and carries a retail price of $1,899. G