How Annie Clark’s gear choices informed her breathtaking new guitar
It should come as no surprise that an Annie Clark signature model would be super-cool, a little weird and a trove of great old-school tone. She has been sketching guitars since she grew obsessed from watching LaBamba on TV as a kid. She has used Fender Jazzmasters and Jaguars, Guild Aristocrats and a variety of Gibson SGs. Then there are the likes of the Silvertone 1488, a 1980 Hagström Swede and the Harmony Bobkat – a 60s model favoured by Clark for its lightweight construction and tone. For her signature model, Clark wanted a more stable vibrato, better upper-fret access, and the sort of playability that she got from her Music Man Albert Lee. Having seen Clark play the Albert Lee, Ernie Ball invited her to the factory, let her sketch her ideal guitar, and bingo!