Steve Stevens with his new signature guitar (pic by Hristo Shindow)
Knaggs, known for their beautifully crafted high-end guitars, have continued their partnership with Steve Stevens with the release of an eye-catching gothic look signature model, complete with pink binding, and a set of signature bareknuckle pickups.
The good news is that the guitar looks great, the bad news is that only 99 will be released to the public this year, meaning that there will be a lot of competition if you want to get your hands on one of these guitars.
Here's what Knaggs have to say about the new model:
"Grammy-Award winning Virtuoso and long time collaborator Steve Stevens and Knaggs Guitars proudly announce the Steve Stevens Signature model. Tailored to Steve's specs and preferences, it will accompany the legendary guitarist on Billy Idol's 2013 Anniversary Rebel Yell tour and other live appearances and studio projects around the World."
Steve's first Signature model since 1990, finished in Opaque Black with pink binding, features a Mahogany body with carved Maple top, set Mahogany neck with custom pink Morning Star inlays on Rosewood finger board, pink ray gun head stock inlay and Knaggs' proprietary two-in-one bridge, combining a tune-o-matic and string holder into one unit, thus increasing harmonics and sustain.
Two volume and tone controls drive specially designed Signature Bareknuckle pick-ups with engraved ray guns not available in any other guitar. As we mentioned, only 99 of these gems will be offered to the public in 2013. Each guitar comes with an exclusive certificate outlining specs and serial-number and will be hand signed by Steve and team Knaggs. A black form fit case with pink lining completes this limited run offering.
Steve Stevens said: "This instrument really came together out of a genuine friendship rather than a business venture. It is the combination of an artist and a company who want to put a very high quality guitar out there. I love picking up and playing this guitar, it puts a huge smile on my face". Knaggs Guitars' VP of Global Sales & Marketing, Peter Wolf added: "Steve really cares about his instruments, equipment and his sound, and he knows all about it. For us, it is a big deal to work with someone of his caliber and to be put to his test".
Once all instruments are sold to guitar aficionados and enthusiasts, one lucky winner will be invited for a private guitar lesson. Sales of Steve Stevens' Signature models will also help MusiCares, a charity Steve has been supporting. "We really wanted to give back some of the proceeds of my Signature guitar and MusiCares immediately came to mind. I've personally seen them help so many gifted players change their lives for the better and I was fortunate enough to perform with Billy Idol when MusiCares honored Jerry Cantrell in 2012. They are such an amazing organization".
Knaggs Guitars have been carving a niche for themselves in the world of high-end guitar making in just a few short years. Artists currently using Knaggs instruments include Nils Lofgren (E-Street Band), Stuart Fraser (Noiseworks/John Farnham), Russell Pollard (Everest) and two time Latin Grammy nominee Pablo Olivares.
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