September 28, 2004
Duane Eddy will launch his new Gibson Custom Shop signature
guitar model by presenting the first one to legendary rock guitarist Joe
Perry of Aerosmith (another recent Gibson signature artist) as part of a special
event being held at the Cleveland Browns Stadium South Club lounge. The event
kicks off the fourth annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands this coming
weekend at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Inducted into the Rock Hall in 1994, Duane Eddy introduced what would become
the classic sound of a low, twangy electric guitar with his 1958 hit “Rebel
Rouser.” Over the course of 34 chart singles and over 100 million records sold,
he has been joined in the recording studio by such notable musicians as Paul
McCartney, Art of Noise, George Harrison, Ry Cooder, Steve Cropper, John Fogerty,
Jeff Lynne and many more.
The Duane Eddy Signature model, made by Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic
division, features highly figured maple top, back and rims with multi-ply binding,
a figured maple/walnut neck with a custom profile (on the slim side, per Eddy's
specs), and 22-fret ebony fingerboard.
Electronics for this signature model include custom-wound single coil pickups
for the classic Eddy twangy tone, each with their own volume and tone controls
in addition to a master volume. There is also a custom L.R. Baggs bridge transducer
which can be used alone or blended with the single-coils. The guitar also offers
a Bigsby vibrato and comes finished in Rockabilly Brown.
For more information, visit their web site at www.gibson.com