Why are people saying this guitar is designed for women?
When I see headlines claiming something is “the first” or “the best” these days, I have to do a little research to make sure. A majority of the time, it’s a complete fabrication or a deliberately worded piece of trickery to get some extra clicks for some useless turd of an article pretending to be worthy of your attention.
So of course, when I see Esquire and The Guardian reporting on my beloved subject, electric guitars, and making claims about an instrument being called “the first guitar for women” and other such diarrhea, I have to do some fact checking.
The articles’ slugs are a better summation of their content than the titles:
In fact, the St. Vincent was not the first designed for women. Nor the second.
It turns out that it’s not designed for women in the first place. It’s just a guitar that happened to be designed by a woman. And even that’s a stretch since most of her role consisted of approving Music-Man’s prototypes.
But I digress, the issue came from an Instagram post written by the guitar’s designer, Annie Clark (who goes by the stage-name St. Vincent – the guitar model’s namesake). She made the mistake of tacking on a little stamp of femininity at the end – which you can see on the right-hand side of this article.
Of course, news outlets took the “room for a breast” comment and completely misconstrued it for the headline’s hyperbolic factor and to capitalize on the feminist undertones. In doing so, they screwed up the marketing plan for a very cool guitar.
Annie Clark has expressed her frustration about being the source of the guitar’s misrepresentation. You can see her making an effort to clear up the situation in a video interview for Vice.
In regards to the Music Man St. Vincent guitar itself
Now that’s all cleared up, let’s get back to what actually matters here – guitars!
The new lineup of Music Man’s St. Vincent model features four new finish options: Polaris White, Stealth Black, Heritage Red and a classic Tobacco Burst.
The body wood is an African Mahogany, while the neck & fingerboard are made of Rosewood. The Stealth Black model also happens to be the black sheep – its neck & fingerboard are made from Maple and Ebony. That’s probably more to do with offsetting the color scheme, but I’m partial to an ebony fretboard if it’s an option – so it’s a great base if you ask me!
You also don’t see very many manufactured guitars that use this body wood and a complete Rosewood neck, so the St. Vincent is definitely a unique entry to the catalogue.
If you’re looking for a great low-fi / experimental rock sound, this guitar’s pickup scheme seems to have that in mind (as evidenced by the video above).
2017 Music Man St. Vincent: Full Specifications
Price: $1899 (from Amazon)
|Size||12-9/16″ wide, 1-5/8″ thick, 39-9/16″ long (31.9 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 100.5 cm long)|
|Weight||7lb 5oz (3.31kg) – varies slightly|
|Body Wood||African Mahogany|
|Body Finish||High gloss polyester|
|Body Colors||St. Vincent Blue, Stealth Black, Tobacco Burst, Polaris White, Heritage Red|
|Bridge||Custom St. Vincent Music Man® Modern tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles|
|Pickguard||White (Vincent Blue & Polaris White); Matte Black (Stealth); Parchment (Heritage Red & Tobacco Burst);|
|Scale Length||25-1/2″ (64.8 cm)|
|Neck Radius||10″ (25.4 cm)|
|Headstock Size||Only 5-7/8″ (14.9 cm) long|
|Frets||22 – High profile, medium width|
|Neck Width||1-5/8″ (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4″ (56.9 mm) at last fret|
|Neck Wood||Select Rosewood neck (Maple for Stealth Black)|
|Fingerboard||Select Rosewood (Ebony for Stealth Black)|
|Fret Markers||Custom St. Vincent Inlays|
|Neck Finish||Gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend (Ultra-light satin polyurethane finish for Stealth Black)|
|Neck Colors||Standard – Natural with finished headstock|
|Tuning Machines||Schaller M6-IND locking with pearl buttons (Black buttons for Stealth Black)|
|Truss Rod||Adjustable – no component or string removal|
|Neck Attachment||5 bolts – perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets|
|Electronic Shielding||Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover|
|Controls||250kohm volume and tone – .047µF tone capacitor|
|Switching||5-way lever pickup selector with custom configuration|
|Pickups||HHH – 3 DiMarzio custom mini-humbucking with chrome covers (Black covers for Stealth Black)|
|Strings||10p-13p-17p-26-36-46 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240)|
Be sure to check out the Majesty Monarchy, another great model from Music Man. They seem to be putting out some quality instruments – I’d be considering one for myself if I had the spare money! For now, I’ll just have to stick to my shovel.