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In addition, Thomas’ work as a product development consultant and product demonstrator for Hughes & Kettner guitar amplification means he is a regular must-see feature at music expos and shows worldwide, alongside his own sought-after CD releases and tuition DVDs. He also performs with the Thomas Blug Band which includes in the line-up keyboardist Thijs Van Leer, erstwhile keyboards and flute playing mainstay of Dutch prog rock legends, Focus.
Thomas has one of the most recognizable guitar sounds in the world, playing with a fluid, melodic and powerful style, and has over the years become synonymous with his much-loved and instantly recognizable electric guitar, a well-used faded Olympic White ‘61 double cutaway electric.
As a player who has been the inspiration to thousands of players, Thomas chose Trev Wilkinson and UK guitar brand Vintage to prove the point that it is possible to create in a signature guitar an instrument which faithfully recreates the unique attributes of his treasured white ‘61.
With its battle-scarred body, custom electronics, traditional 7.25” radius fingerboard, and personalized switching - including a unique Bukka Switch™ extra hum-cancelling coil selection facility - all added to the already exceptionally well-specc’d Vintage ReIssued Series V6 guitar, it's a formidable tool. Players looking for a playing edge with this iconic design, and who also aspire to emulate Thomas’ spine-tingling guitar tones, can now buy exactly the same spec instrument which he uses in his day-to-day work.
“Outstanding,” comments Thomas on his Vintage V6 Signature guitar. “To have all this in an instrument which literally anyone can afford, even a first time buyer, is an unbelievable achievement. Working closely with Trev Wilkinson to translate every subtle part of my guitar has been a labor of love.”
“Working with the Vintage team has proved that there are still people in the commercial side of our business who are total ‘guitar heads’ and who really do care about producing honest instruments without compromise,” continues Thomas. “Getting the best guitars into players’ hands without emptying their wallets and bank accounts! Quite amazing, and a very special guitar.”
The Vintage Thomas Blug Signature Icon retails at about $659.
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