It’s probably the selfish dream of every guitar player, amateur or professional, to get the opportunity to design his or her own signature axe one day. Similar to designing your own athletic sneakers or concert festival poster, creating your own instrument from scratch must feel like the ultimate form of artistic expression. St. Vincent a.k.a. Annie Clark, has been one of alt-rock’s more popular names since starting her career back in the mid-2000s. She has also certainly helped inspire future guitarists with her own Ernie Ball Music Man signature model, which arrived back in 2016 and has since received praise from fellow musicians thanks to its innovative aesthetic and sound. It was even well-built enough for Jack White to use it on stage during his recent performance on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year.
Clark recently sat down for her team over Ernie Ball to talk about the mindset and inspirations that she pulled from to create her guitar, in addition to how she used it to work on her latest album, 2017’s Masseduction.
“What gets me up in the morning is this knowledge that one, I’m crazy lucky to get to do what I do,” Clark is heard saying at the start of the very well-edited video, seen above. “And two, that I just have a desire to make things.”
The video continues in breaking up the interview footage with various montages of Clark playing around with her guitar in studio, trying out different tones and effects during rehearsal, planning for her 2017 tour and of course performing on stage.
“There’s a level of dissociation that I think is sort of necessary in order to do this,” she can be heard saying when talking about dividing both of her realities as Annie Clark and St. Vincent. “It’s a crazy job for crazy people. I have to be able to step back and look at it and go, ‘is this working?’ and that’s a strange process because you’re seeing yourself, but you’re seeing a very different version. The entire video interview can be watched in full above.
The video’s arrival earlier this week comes at a perfect time for Ernie Ball and Clark, who are releasing the newest versions of her signature guitar model, which are available for purchase by clicking here.
The newest versions of my signature guitar are out now! Designed in collaboration w/ my friends over at @ErnieBall Music Man. The STV is now available w/ a premium roasted figured maple neck and two custom-designed pickup configuration options. Learn more: https://t.co/BngteaKLcy pic.twitter.com/OtECXbbZGW— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) June 13, 2018