Memphis, TN (September 27, 2007) – St. Blues Guitar Workshop’s newest guitar, the 61 South, is named after a famous highway, US Route 61, a long and historical road that begins in New Orleans and eventually ends up in Minnesota. Known as the “Blues Highway,” Route 61 has been the namesake of songs and albums from artists such as Son Thomas, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Bob Dylan, while the intersection of Route 61 and Route 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi is where Robert Johnson was alleged to have traded his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for a mastery of the blues.
It should then come as no surprise that St. Blues, a company recently relocated to Memphis, itself a city steeped with blues tradition and widely recognized as the birthplace of rock n’ roll, would chose “61 South” as the moniker for their new electric, combining the familiar St. Blues silhouette with hollow body construction methods, providing players with new ingredients for their harmonic stew.
The 61 South offers two pickup combinations. The first features St. Blues custom-wound, tapped single coils that can dial in a total of four tonal variations. Push-pull knobs allow players to cut approximately 25% of the output, providing the ability to switch from muscular punch at the bridge to clean and clear tones, while morphing from deep rich blues tones to ‘60s surf at the neck. The second pickup combo provides a traditional single coil pickup at the bridge with a P-90 at the neck for additional bluesy punch. Two finish options are available for the 61 South: white blond and tobacco sunburst.
All St. Blues guitars and basses feature the company’s custom wound pickups and electronics system. The company''s pickups are known for nailing vintage tones with period-correct designs, magnets and wire, the result of a painstaking process of deconstructing and analyzing pickup windings from vintage instruments.
- Body: Double-bound, semi-hollow, select grain ash
- Scale Length: 25 1/2"
- Pickups: Dual tapped single coils or P90 at neck and tapped single coil at bridge
- Neck: Single-piece hardrock maple
- Frets: Medium size 18% nickel silver
- Tuners: Nickel 15:1 ratio vintage Klusons
Stay tuned... Premier Guitar''s demo version just arrived. Look a full review of the 61 South soon.
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