Okay, I post a lot about guitars that I used to own, but here’s one of my current ones. I bought this St. Vincent in January after playing a couple in Guitar Center and instantly falling in love. The 1-5/8″ width rounded, waxed Rosewood neck is just otherworldly. The hardware is all top notch - Schaller locking tuners, an Earvana compensated nut, and Music Man’s fantastic 2 point trem design. I love the small, light body (total guitar is under 7 lbs) that means that, unlike a Gibson Firebird, you’re not stretching to reach the neck.
The pickups are DiMarzio Firebird pickups, which are quite nice, but the guitar is wired with 250k pots that kind of stifle the treble a bit - typically, pickups of this sort would be wired with 300k or 500k pots, which would allow the top end to shine more. I’ll be changing that.
The Ferrington guitar is distinguished by several features. It has heart-shaped fretboard “dot” inlays, a stylized “f”(for Ferrington) on the peghead, three pickups (which look like single coil neck and middle pickup, and a humbucker bridge-position pickup), and an almost-Mustang pickguard where the plastic continues right down to the control knobs (this section is chrome on actual Mustangs). The Mustang slide switches are replaced with a toggle switch where the input jack would be. The actual input jack is a Stratocaster-style jack mounted below the pickguard. The body is basswood, with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. Its finished in what Fender calls sonic blue, with a red-swirl mother-of-bowling-ball pickguard. I don’t know of any pictures or footage of Kurt playing this guitar, but this could be because it was used only as a “recording guitar”
They call her St. Vincent, and she exists among the forward-thinking, boundary-pushing art-pop elite–here, as we look ahead to the upcoming year in music, Guitar World digs in deep with Annie Clark, a modern day guitar hero.
[By Brad Angle, photos by Travis Shinn]
Annie Clark is officially one step ahead of us. We’ve always suspected as much, but this fact was confirmed the moment she emerged from hair and makeup for her inaugural Guitar World cover shoot holding a guitar… and wearing a dress that featured a print of a bikini body, just like the kind you’d find hanging in the window of a kitschy beach shop.
Transparent cherry finish on lightly flamed maple top and alder semi-hollow body, one f-hole, P-bass shape, bolt on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, radical inlays and headstock shape, strings anchor through body, acoustic style rosewood bridge, Lace Sensor split coil pickup plus piezo bridge transducer, controls for volume, blend and tone, 9v active preamp, chrome diecast tuners, made in Japan, 1-½" nut, 34" scale, with gigbag, EC except needs work (replace missing knob insert, heat press neck to straighten, dress frets, setup, etc. - sold AS-IS) (SN:K006533) $500
Made in 2007 ,but not put on shelves until 2008 American Standard Stratocaster in Sienna Sunburst (ash body). I’m trying to sell or trade her for a Telecaster she will be missed ,but I’m a Tele guy :( So I figured I’d post some photo’s before anything happens to her :) Picture #1