Guitar for Women?!?
Guitar for Women?!?
Annie Clark, better known as St Vincent, has teamed up with Ernie Ball to create her own customised guitar that is apparently meant to show off the waist, and comfortably accommodate a woman’s breast.
Though it’s not uncommon for famous guitarists to have their customised signature models of guitar, one hasn’t really gone far enough to think of the woman’s anatomy yet. Clark wanted something easier to handle than the standard electric rock guitars like the Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul.
Her new guitar weighs around seven pounds, because of its narrow, elongated body that is devoid of curves. The St Vincent guitar was designed from scratch, mixing 1980s German synth-pop aesthetics with American muscle-car colors. The structure considers the practical needs of a guitarist, who knows exactly what she needs from an instrument. The five-way switch allows the player to mix and match the guitar’s three pickups — the magnetic “sensors” that translate the movement of the strings into an electrical current that is then sent to an amplifier — in combinations not usually possible. It is made of African mahogany with a rosewood neck and will debut in two colours — black and ‘Vincent blue’.
“I would need to travel with a chiropractor on tour in order to play those guitars,” Clark told Guitar World. “It’s not that those aren’t great guitars, but they render themselves impractical and unfunctional for a person like me because of their weight.” The slim shape is not just for cutting the weight, but also to accentuate the waist, while playing on stage and donning various garments.
“The design challenges were to keep the integrity of her original design, while making sure that it stayed light and balanced while playing, and that the shape of the guitar fit her form. For example, her model features a lower cutaway to perfectly fit the guitar to her body and her unique playing style,” said Ball. To reach the finished design, Clark worked with Ernie Ball’s senior engineer Drew Montell and CEO Sterling Ball.
St Vincent points out that the guitar is by no means intended strictly for women, as it would benefit anyone of a smaller build, male or female. But the artist admits that she’s happy to be a role model and the first to take this road!