Rock N Roll Relics Announces the Gilby Clarke Signature Model and the Thunders Custom Model

The design for Gilby's guitar was inspired by his friend and Detroit guitar hero Wayne Kramer from the MC5.

San Francisco, CA (January 14, 2015) -- Rock N Roll Relics announced the Gilby Clarke signature model today, the company's second collaboration with Rebel Guitars.

The guitar features a nitrocellulose finish and black and white flag design on the front with black sides and back. The idea for this design came from Gilby who was inspired by his friend and Detroit guitar hero Wayne Kramer from the MC5. The guitar is aged on the medium to heavy side with a hand-signed headstock. “Being a big fan of vintage guitars, I love the look and feel of a worn in looking guitar,” says Gilby. The guitar comes strung with Dunlop 10-46 stainless steel strings and includes a featherweight hardshell style case. These will be available exclusively through one of Rock N Roll Relics dealers,Rebel Guitars.

Body: Two-piece lightweight Ash.
Neck: Maple 7.25 radius with a small C shape back carve.
Hardware: Gotoh vintage style tuners and bridge with brass compensated saddles.
Electronics: The guitar is fitted with a set of D. Allen Specials. “This pickup set deliver a great tele style tone that allows you to push the gain as well”. Says Gilby. The potentiometers are all 250K Emerson Custom with solid brass shafts. Capacitors are .047 Russian Military.

Available exclusively through Rebel Guitars: $2,500.00

Rock N Roll Relics announced the debut of the Thunders Custom Model today, the company's first model available in a closet classic look with a set of Filter Tron style BuckTrons. The guitar features a lightly aged nitrocellulose finish with a 7-ply cream and black top binding. The back and neck are finished in a dark red mahogany with a stinger to match the color on top. Rounding out the model are a set of D.Allen BuckTrons. “I’ve always been a big fan of the filter tron pickups,” says owner Billy Rowe. “I love that big clean dirty tone with lots of power and these pickups give you just that”. The guitar comes strung with Dunlop 10-46 stainless steel strings and includes a hard shell case with the Rock N Roll Relics logo on the front.

Rock N Roll Relics is a boutique American-made guitar brand founded in 2005 by guitarist Billy Rowe. Guitars are available through dealers throughout the world.

Body: Two piece lightweight African mahogany.
Neck and Headstock: African mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. Bound headstock with ebony veneer.
Hardware: Tone Pros keystone button tuners and an AVT2 wrap around tune-o-matic bridge.
Electronics: The guitar is fitted with a set of D. Allen BuckTrons, a humbucker sized filter tron. These pickups deliver great highs filter trons are known for with a little more attitude in the mids and lows to drive your tone. The potentiometers are all 500K Emerson Custom with brass shafts. Capacitors are 022 Russian Military for the bridge and .015 for the neck.

RETAIL: $3,315 / MAP: $3,025

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