Experimental pop impresario St. Vincent is known for her guitar shredding skills, but she's taken her knowledge of the six-stringer to new levels by designing a brand new guitar. The performer born Annie Clark has a signature axe in the Ernie Ball Music Man series.
The guitar will be available in black or "Vincent Blue," a colour that was hand-mixed by Clark in the company's California factory. The guitar has an African mahogany body, an Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, a rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, a five-way pickup selector and three miniature humbucker pickups.
In a savvy marketing move, St. Vincent debuted the guitar while performing with Beck and Taylor Swift in a viral video from earlier this week (available below).
"I'm extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely," Clark said in a press release. "The entirety of my experience as a guitarist 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. It is with pride that I present the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar."
Ernie Ball CEO Sterling Ball added, "Developing the St. Vincent model with Annie has been a highlight of my career.... In addition to being one of the finest guitar players I've worked with over the past 30 years, she's equally, if not more, gifted as a guitar designer. I'm incredibly proud Annie chose us to help realize her vision. We're honored to have her as part of our family."
The St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man can be pre-ordered here.