Hannon's first signature model features a sitka spruce top, '70s-era Dove bridge, and a custom truss rod cover.

Nashville, TN (June 15, 2020) -- By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into an innovative future, Gibson has set the stage for the next era of shaping sound for present and future generations. Gibson is proud to announce a new acoustic collaboration with Frank Hannon, the acclaimed solo artist, guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the multi-platinum band Tesla. The new Frank Hannon “Love Dove” acoustic guitar marks Frank’s first signature guitar in his 35-year music career and is now available worldwide at all Authorized Gibson Dealers.

Frank used his 70’s era Gibson Dove to write and record numerous songs, including the Tesla hits “What You Give,” “Stir it Up,” he also recorded the celebrated intro to the ballad “Love Song” for the “Times Makin Changes” video collection. After trying many acoustic guitars, it’s the Gibson Dove model that Frank has faithfully used to record and tour with for the past 30 years. The new “Love Dove” model guitar can be seen and heard on TESLA’s latest release 5 Man London Jam recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios, and it is filled with love, power and performance like Frank’s lyrical, vocal and musical prowess.

The Frank Hannon “Love Dove” acoustic guitar is highly customized featuring a thermally Aged Sitka spruce top, married to a maple back and sides, allowing for supreme response and resonance. A 70’s era Dove bridge with scalloped wings decorated with mother-of-pearl wing inlays adorn the center, and the highly desirable Dove pick guard features hand-engraved and painted details. Each “Love Dove” comes in Vintage Cherry Sunburst and is commemorated with a signed inside label by Frank Hannon and custom Love engraved truss cover written by Frank himself.

Raised on the psychedelic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead and others from the San Francisco era as a child, Frank Hannon developed his love for hard rock throughout high school in the 80’s. A founding member and lead guitarist of the multi-platinum band TESLA, Frank is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, producer and solo artist. Having a strong passion for all genres of music, he has recorded several solo albums including Guitarz From Marz, Gypsy Highway, Six-String Soldiers, World Peace and his latest two volume cover series From one place…to Another!. Playing both Electric and Acoustic guitars, Piano, B3 organ, Bass and just about any instrument he can get his hands on, Frank loves to experiment with blues, country, folk and jamming improvising styles beyond what he is most famous for in the rock genre. Frank is a passionate about spending time with his wife and riding horses on his central coast ranch. Frank recently launched “The FAR OUT! Podcast with Frank Hannon” via Apple podcasts. For the show, Frank sits down with music luminaries and colleagues to discuss their careers and challenging themselves in our ever-evolving world.

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