St Vincent’s Annie Clark has teamed up with Ernie Ball to create her own female-friendly guitar – which has apparently been made to show off the waist, and comfortably accommodate a woman’s boobs.
In an interview with Guitar World,the “Digital Witness” singer opened up about the project, revealing that she had often struggled with the more classic and cumbersome ‘male’ designs. “For me a guitar that is not too heavy is really important because I’m not a very big person,” she told the magazine. “I can't even play a Sixties Strat or Seventies Les Paul. I would need to travel with a chiropractor on tour in order to play those guitars.”
The guitar, which weighs just seven pounds, is made to accommodate a smaller frame, and was designed by Annie herself. According to a post on Instagram, she was going for a design that was “ergonomic, lightweight, and sleek” and that had “room for a breast. Or two.”
“This is a very light guitar and the weight is redistributed so that it has a thin waist,” she explained to Guitar World. “I was always finding when I was playing onstage and wearing various stage outfits the guitar would cut across one of the best features of the female body, which is your waist. I carry my guitar pretty high so I had to make all of these costumes based on the fact that you wouldn’t be able to see if I had a waist or not. I wanted to make something that looked good and not just on a woman, but any person.”
The model, which can be bought in both black or ‘Vincent’ blue, is not the first that’s been created with a woman’s body in mind – although numbers are still scarce. Joan Jett also experimented with the idea, making her own lightweight Melody Maker with Gibson in her early career. “It was light and it sounded great,” she says. “It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits... It's my baby.”
The St Vincent Signature Ernie Ball MusicMan guitar will be available to buy from March.