DEEP PURPLE 's STEVE MORSE Unveils New Signature Y2d Guitar

Music Man and DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Steve Morse signature guitar first created in 1985 with the new Steve Morse Y2d signature model, making its official debut at the Winter NAMM show 2005.

Updated features will include a poplar body with maple top in flame or quilt, cream binding and a solid black finish on the back of the guitar. Three DiMarzio pickups in H-S-H configuration features a new custom wound single coil pickup in the middle position. A two-way toggle and three-way lever switch controls various pickup selection options.

Another feature will allow guitarists to alter the three-way lever through the control cavity on the back. A jumper connection can be manipulated without soldering to change the pickup sequence from bridge, neck, and middle to the more traditional pickup sequence bridge, middle, and neck.

The Y2d will come in three exciting new translucent finish options; Purple Sunset, De-Purple Burst and Tobacco Sunburst. To accent the overall appearance, this instrument will have a clear pickguard to show its beautiful grain. A slimmer neck profile will be standard issue, faithfully recreated from Steve Morse's number one stage guitar from 1985. This particular neck has seen eight refrets and 20 years of worldwide stage and studio use.

Current list price including case will be $2,095 (standard bridge) and $2,245 with tremelo. The original Steve Morse model will still be available at the current retail of $1,765 (standard) and $1,915 (tremelo).

Music Man is recognized as the benchmark of modern bass guitar design and manufacturing since introducing the StingRay bass in 1976. Music Man was founded by Leo Fender, Forrest White and Tom Walker in 1972, and acquired in 1984 by Ernie Ball Inc. The company has since developed many groundbreaking guitars and basses.

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