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St. Vincent designs female-friendly guitar with ‘room for breasts’

Radhika Sanghani

Published 15/02/2016 | 13:23

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Singer-songwriter St. Vincent performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Singer-songwriter St. Vincent performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Singer St. Vincent has designed a new guitar specifically for women.

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The musician, whose real name is Annie Clark, has created a guitar after struggling with traditional ‘male’ designs.

In an interview with Guitar World, the 33-year-old said: “For me a guitar that is not too heavy is really important because I’m not a very big person.

“I can't even play a Sixties Strat or Seventies Les Paul. I would need to travel with a chiropractor on tour in order to play those guitars."

She has since designed the ‘St. Vincent’ guitar which has a thin waist and at seven pounds, is lighter than a typical guitar.

Clark introduced it on Instagram with the caption: “There is room for one breast. Or two.”

She explained the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar was “ergonomic, lightweight and sleek.”

It is made of African mahogany with a rosewood neck and will debut in two colours – black or ‘Vincent blue’.

The guitar is specifically designed to show off “one of the best features of the female body, which is your waist”.

Clark told the magazine: “I’m glad that another guitar exists that is sympathetic to the female form. I’m glad that that exists and I hope that people will enjoy…that men and women will enjoy the ergonomics. But smaller people and women especially.”

Women have expressed their support for the guitar on Clark's Instagram with comments such as: "Love it! A guitar for women because it actually considers our anatomy - not because it's pink or has daisies on it. Yay!!"

Clark is one of the few women to release her own signature guitar with Ernie Ball Music Man, following in the footsteps of women like Joan Jett.

Musicians Albert Lee, John Petrucci and Steve Morse have made their own versions in the past.

Telegraph.co.uk

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