Heart’s Nancy Wilson and Epiphone Announce A New Electric Guitar
Her Second Collaboration With Gibson Brands
Ahead of the release of Nancy Wilson’s solo album “You and Me” in April, the Heart co-founder has joined forces with Epiphone to create a new “Fanatic” electric guitar. It’s the first one she designed for Epiphone but her second overall with Gibson guitars as she previously partnered with them in 2013.
With its classic Nighthawk shape, it features a mahogany body and a figured maple veneer top. It’s also equipped with ProBucker™ humbuckers, a 5-way pickup selector switch, master volume and tone controls, and a rounded C profile mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard. And to top it all off, it has a Fireburst Gloss finish.
Wilson said in an interview, “In the midst of the distant eighties, I was approached by Gibson to design a signature model. I put pencil to paper to first design the body shape and chose a curvy female diminutive silhouette for the cut away. Many years later, the body shape remains exact and the hardware I requested makes the Fanatic a solid citizen amongst the great rock guitar screamers.”
Krista Gilley, Brand Director of Epiphone and Kramer, added: “It’s such an honor to work with Nancy, an icon who has been instrumental and influential to generations of players around the world. She has paved the way for female musicians to believe in their passion, talent and in music, and that comes with an obligation for all of us at Epiphone to pay tribute to Nancy.”
The Fanatic electric guitar retails at $529 including a hardshell case.