D’Angelico And Melanie Faye Release Limited Edition Signature Guitar
By Ian Freeman
March 24, 2023
Despite the number of amazing black women guitarists, there have been very few with signature guitars. H.E.R. made history as Fender’s first. Gibson recently released a Sister Rosetta Thorpe model. And now D’Angelico has worked with neo-soul guitarist Melanie Faye on her own signature guitar, the Deluxe Melanie Faye DC LE.
For the uninitiated, Melanie Faye burst onto the scene in 2017 via Instagram. Her soulful covers and effortless command of rhythm and chords belie a musicality far beyond her 24 years on earth. It is these skills that earned her a legion of followers and accolades from greats like Isaiah Sharkey, John Mayer, and others. She is also a guitar teacher with classes on Neo-soul via apps like Pickup Music. Clips of her playing with a number of the guitar elite are all over the net but if there was a seminal moment, it was a youtube video of her epic guitar tribute / mash-up of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and Mariah Carey’s “My All” that went viral. Ironically, in the video, you can see her playing the inspiration for her signature guitar, a surf-green D’Angelico DC.
Melanie’s all-new signature guitar is a recreation of that guitar with some notable upgrades. It is a Deluxe DC model, D’Angelico’s semi-hollow model but this one is available in only a Metallic Surf Green, the original was more pastel. The guitar has a set of Kent Armstrong 57 Icon humbuckers, voiced for Jazzy warm, round mids with articulate highs, perfect for the versatility that is a hallmark of the Neo-soul guitar style. The humbuckers have Coil-splitting push/pull tone knobs allowing for single coil sounds. Despite being a limited edition, Melanie’s guitar is designed with the player in mind. Features like a rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, Jescar fretwire, and a slim C shape neck, ensure you are getting a professional-grade instrument.
It is a limited edition so only 50 units will be made, each coming with a certificate of authenticity.
You can check them out at D’Angelico.
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