The Idolmaker, Stevie Salas signature by Framus Warwick —
By DONNA BALANCIA – Stevie Salas has worked with the best. But despite being selected to play lead guitar for Mick Jagger, George Clinton and a host of other famous superstars, Salas is true to his humble Southern California roots.
“This is my third signature model in 25 years,” Salas told East Coast Rocker. Salas’ extensive work as musical director for 19 Entertainment and American Idol inspired the name of the guitar.
“People have told me they think it’s the most beautifully crafted guitar and that’s not because they were talking to me and it’s my signature guitar. It is extremely good quality. I wanted something different, something that wasn’t a ripoff of a Stratocaster or a Les Paul.”
Sleek in its purple and black with gold tone, the Idolmaker, like the rock star himself, purposeful with quality, and just a little bit flashy. The neckwood is maple, the fretboard is Tigerstripe Ebony with Indian Feather Inlay, a reminder of Salas’ Native American heritage. It is a carved body top, the bodywood is 1-inch AAA Quilted Maple top with Mahogany body.
Particularly interesting to Salas is Warwick’s devotion to the planet: The company is known to purchase its wood from sustainable sources.
“A few years ago, I met Hans-Peter Wilfer, who owns Warwick,” Salas said. “I like his views. Since I have a Native American background, I wanted something that was environmentally friendly.”
Salas said he took a tour around the production facilities in Germany, met the head of production, designer Marcus Spangler and was impressed with what he saw.
“I wanted the precision of German craftsmanship but also the Native American warmth,” Salas said.
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— By DONNA BALANCIA