When I saw a special announcement about the St. Vincent guitar I hoped it might be about a new, less expensive, offshore model. No such luck, but if I had the cash, I’d go for the orange with leopard skin – no contest.
St. Vincent is releasing a strictly limited edition Masseduction neon version of her Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitar to coincide with the release of her new album of the same name. The aesthetic is an extension of the unique visual world of Masseduction. The guitar is available in four neon colors: blue, lime, pink and orange (with leopard print pick guard). The guitar also comes with a deluxe vinyl copy of , and a signed back plate.
Only twelve of the guitars will be sold globally through select music instrument retailers. Five more guitars will be given away to lucky winners. Contesting details will follow in the coming weeks.
Starting at $2499.
St. Vincent’s new album ‘MASSEDUCTION’ will be released October 13 on Loma Vista Recordings and an international tour begins October 7 in Los Angeles.
Envisioned and designed by Grammy Award-winning guitarist St. Vincent (“Annie” Clark) with support from the award-winning engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the unique electric guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style. Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, California factory, the production model St. Vincent Signature is available in stealth black, tobacco burst, heritage red, polaris white, or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, satin finished maple neck that matches the body, ebony fretboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, and a signed back plate. The guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings and hardshell case.
the MusicMan St.Vincent is said to have been designed for St.Vincent’s own best fit and comfort, but it’s one of the most comfortable and wearable guitars even to the old fatso of mine!
i find it is one of the few, fresh takes on guitar design appeared in recent years that is not ashamed of its retro-like look, which does not try to mock historic designs, and which does not attempt to look novel at any cost (or in the wake of H.R.Giger’s Alien-inspired shapes and proportions).
i would dream, too, of an offshore-made batch to be sold at about six or seven hundred bucks list, because in the end it’s a bolt-on neck thing, with a double-pivot trem bridge and three mini-hbs.
Korean-made Parkers sported a lot on board in this very price range, piezo-saddles and active electronics included, along with Parker-style tremolo and a set neck… so it might be feasible, in principle.
still, it doesn’t mean i could easily afford one either, but as dreaming isn’t being charged, yet, at least a lot of others might afford one at this price (and thus increase my chances to find a pre-owned at a price that i, too, could afford, though a few years ahead in time).
one hopes the Ernie Ball whole marketing team avidly reads Guitar Moderne pages…
ain’t this dreaming of a better future, too?