Modern Feel, Vintage Design: DeTroy Van Leeuwen Sig Guitar

- Press Release

When the worlds of classic instrument design and progressive, heavy rock collide, the result is the SA503 TVL limited edition signature electric from Yamaha Guitars. Developed at Yamaha's USA Custom Guitar shop, the SA503 TVL is a semi-acoustic, double-cutaway electric designed in the tradition of classic archtops and named for Queens of the Stone Age axeman Troy Van Leeuwen.

The new SA503 TVL offers a look and feel that is at once retro and modern.

"Troy has been affiliated with Yamaha for some time now and the SA503 TVL merges Troy's custom features with a proven classic design," says Ken Dapron, director, Yamaha Guitar Development. "It has the look and sound that is both vintage and sophisticated, but still appropriate for today's music."

Constructed of multi-ply bound Maple with a 24 3/4" scale set in Maple neck and bound Rosewood fingerboard, the SA503 TVL can deliver a thick, bluesy sound or just the right amount of focused cut. Electronics include three soap bar style, single coil pickups and a custom "all access" multi-function switching system with dual 3-way selectors. A Chrome pedestal bridge and a licensed Bigsby tremolo add to the vintage feel and sound. The SA503 TVL is available in Blood Translucent Red and Black.

"The SA503 TVL is perfect for any player who wants a unique look and tone based on the edgy, twangy sound of old classic archtops," says Bryan Savage, marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars. "The playability and feel of this instrument are only matched by its looks and workmanship."

Van Leeuwen applies his distinctive, intense sound to bands that merge the heavy with the ethereal. Although best known as a past member of Failure and A Perfect Circle and for his current affiliation with Queens of the Stone Age, he has also appeared as a session player with Orgy, Korn, Deadsy, Depeche Mode and Limp Bizkit.

The SA503 TVL is currently shipping.

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