Legendary Albion amps creator, director and chief designer Steve Grindrod – a man who is no stranger to great guitar sounds – has fallen under the Vintage® guitars spell once again, this time picking a Vintage Paul Brett Signature VE8000PB-12 12-string electro-acoustic.
The purchase follows Steve's capture of a Vintage ICON distressed V100MRPGM Lemon Drop model last year – a guitar that has since accompanied Steve to shows like Winter NAMM 2012 and Musikmesse 2012 as his main Albion demo instrument.
The Paul Brett Vintage signature guitars – a six-string and a 12-string – were released earlier in 2012 to rave reviews and much excitement among musicians. Designed in cooperation with Paul Brett, the world's leading 12-string fingerpicker, the guitars offer a playing experience way beyond their price range (£449 UK RRP for the six and £499 UK RRP for the 12) thanks to superior design, tonewoods and hardware, US-made Fishman electronics, and their completely manageable parlour-sized bodies.
Steve says: “At the Frankfurt Musikmesse this year, I saw the Vintage Paul Brett signature model 12-string acoustic on the JHS booth. I picked it up and gave it a close examination. I was instantly reminded of the old 12-string I used to use in the 60s – which used to be perfect for gigging, recording, and messing about on the beach on long summer nights. I don’t know what make it was, but it just felt 'right'.”
He continues: “The Vintage Paul Brett guitar really feels and sounds like my old 12-string. Thanks to Paul Brett and all the guys at JHS, all I can say is, no more tree-trunk 12-strings, welcome back REAL 12-strings! It is just a great playable guitar, and hopefully one that doesn’t get stolen like the old one did! A big thank you to JHS MD Dennis Drumm for letting me have it... It was a big fight to get it out of his hands. Ha!”
Vintage guitars are distributed worldwide by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. For more information on the whole award-winning range of electrics, acoustics and basses, visit the JHS website.
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