Archive for January, 2017

StVincent has designed a new line of signature guitars, one of which she’s lovingly named after the late, great David Bowie .

Done in collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man, the new model of guitar made its live debut back in 2015, when Annie Clark made an appearance at a Taylor Swift concert in Los Angeles. It will finally be available for purchase on March 3rd and will come in four bold colors: Stealth Black, Tobacco Burst, Heritage Red, and Polaris White, which Clark has specifically dubbed the “Thin White Duke”.

“It’s a classic, elegant-looking guitar,” she recently told Guitar World, later adding, “I’ve been playing it every single day, putting it through its paces and writing song after song on it.” Clark can be seen holding the Bowie-named axe on the cover of the magazine’s January 2017 issue. A press release further details the sleek instrument:

“Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, 5-way pick up selector with custom configuration and 3-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings and will retail for $1899.” Check out a short clip on the signature collection,

Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent 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 St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color hand-mixed by Annie. New colors for 2017 include Polaris White, Heritage Red, Tobacco Burst, and Stealth Black.


St. Vincent Logo

Aside from showcasing a new guitar, Clark taking a stance against run-of-the-mill, sexist music publications that tend to only feature women if they’re scantily clad.

“I did a quick Google search of women on the covers, and all I really saw was girls in bikinis holding guitars like they’ve never held a guitar before,” Clark explained to the magazine. “I started thinking about that and just wanted to make my own absurdist comment on it. I couldn’t really let it slide without poking a bit of fun and taking the piss a little!”

Clark previously designed a line of Ernie Ball guitars in 2015. Her forthcoming album is one of our most anticipated of the year. January marks the one-year anniversary of Bowie’s passing.

Introducing the 2017 Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Signature Collection. Four bold new finishes including Stealth Black with black hardware, matte finished maple neck and ebony fretboard, Tobacco Burst, Polaris White and Heritage Red with gold hardware. Pre-sales begin March 3rd, 2017.

For the record: the 4 chord is on the 5th fret and the 5 chord is on the 7th fret.Slide Blues Lesson In Open D made especially for /r/guitarlessons. I love you guys. In this lesson Messiahsez attempts to capture the essence of the blues. The blues is a cold heart shaking chill. It’s something you feel and then it comes out of you.

The Axe Attack Of The Flying V

“They only made 20 of them at the time. I used that one on ‘Memphis’ and I still use it today.” So said Lonnie Mack in 1968, five years after his top five US hit with that great track, which helped define the highly distinctive guitar trademarked by Gibson on 6th January, 1958: the Flying V. The Gibson Flying V  guitar model first released by Gibson in 1958. The Flying V offered a radical, “futuristic” body design, much like its siblings: the Explorer , which was released the same year . These designs were meant to add a more futuristic aspect to Gibson’s image, but they did not sell well. After the initial launch in 1958, the line was discontinued by 1959. Some instruments were assembled from leftover parts and shipped in 1963, with nickel- rather than gold-plated hardware.


Another estimate says that 98 were made originally, but either way, those 1958-59 originals are now valued at between $200,000 and $250,000. Indiana bluesman Lonnie Mack was one of the early adopters of an instrument that remains one of the most striking looking axes in the world of guitars. Blues Rock guitarist Lonnie Mack and Albert King started using the guitar almost immediately. Mack used his 1958 Flying V almost exclusively during his career. King used his original 1958 instrument into the mid-70s and later replaced it with various custom Flying Vs. Later, in the mid-late 1960s, such guitarists as Kinks Dave Davies , in search of a distinctive looking guitar with a powerful sound, also started using Flying Vs. The renewed interest created a demand for Gibson to reissue the model.

Albert King

Lonnie named his guitar Seven, because he was told it was seventh off the production line; his fellow blues practitioner Albert King was another who started using a Flying V soon after they came into that limited circulation, and he called his Lucy, in responce to fellow bluesman B.B King’s Lucille.

The first of the guitars were made not of mahogany, but of limba, a lighter wood, and the look, designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty, was deliberately futuristic. But it didn’t prove popular at first, and it was the milestone ‘Memphis,’ and other Mack recordings, that helped the new generation of rock guitarists take an interest in the Flying V.

Dave Davies

Dave Davies of the Kinks, Arthur Lee of Love and Jimi Hendrix were among those to realise that the guitar had both audible and visible appeal. Gibson weren’t slow to recognise the new interest, and relaunched the guitar, this time with a mahogany body, in 1967. That year, Albert King recorded ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ with his Lucy and future stars like Stevie Ray Vaughan were spellbound. Albert even cut a song that may have appeared to be named after a popular TV series, but was really a love letter to his Flying V, ‘(I Love) Lucy.’

Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash was another fan of the V. “I [used to go] up to the music shops in London on the train and [look] in the windows, And I used to build up these fantasies about owning a Flying V. At one time it was a Les Paul, but then it changed. Mine is lust a fairly basic mid-’60s V. I recently acquired another one in mint condition, which is really nice.”

Paul Stanley

The guitar also fitted perfectly with the glam-rock look and sound of the extrovert rock bands of the early and mid-1970s. Marc Bolan was closely associated with it, as was Paul Stanley of Kiss ; Ronnie Montrose of Montrose and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen both acquired 1958 models in the 1970s.

Heartbreakers logo

Tom Petty liked the guitar so much that for years, the Heartbreakers’ logo was a Flying V piercing a heart. “I always thought the Flying V was great ever since I saw Dave Davies playing one in the Kinks on television in Gainesville,” Tom Petty told Q magazine in 1989. “I thought, ‘Yeah, that looks cool, so the first one I could afford, I bought.” Petty became less keen when the V became associated with the subsequent “hair” metal bands, such as Quiet Riot. The Scorpions also favoured one in the 1980s, as did modern rockers Hüsker Dü, and then Lenny Kravitz gave the instrument a Hendrix-style endorsement in the 1990s. Flying Vs later became a popular heavy metal guitar due to their aggressive appearance and were used by guitarists Micheal Schenker , KK Downing, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. 

The Flying V2 version of the guitar arrived in the late 1970s, and there have been later variations such as the Reverse Flying V and the bass version of the guitar, the V Bass. But it’s the design of the original 1958 guitar that is in modern production at both Gibson and Epiphone Guitars.

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