Testosterone is the human hormone primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of recognizably male characteristics such as a deep voice, beard growth and increased muscle and bone mass. A rise in the active systemic presence of this steroidal hormone is most obviously noted in the adolescent years as these physiological changes begin to occur.
Since the beginning of recorded history most cultures have employed some form of transitional ritual or rite-of-passage ceremony which marks and guides the conversion from boy to man. Some societies may require great feats of bravery or tests of skill to help shape this important transformation.
Perhaps the most notable and respected of these traditions are: the hunting of lions armed with only a spear; a Vision Quest—where several nights are spent in the wilderness alone and fasting; the South American biting of piranha and without debate, the most difficult and character building of all: The Playing of the Shell Pink Classic.
Western sociological studies have long noted increased levels of testosterone and human growth hormone accompanying more pronounced social positions and unparalleled electric guitar tones from those members who have undergone the time-proven Shell Pink ritual. It seems that those individuals who possess the self confidence to undergo this challenge of real manhood emerge with a new understanding of pink—viewing it as merely light red—the color of power!
Rob will not be intimidated nor will he be pushed around by mere western fashion traditions for he has fulfilled the requirements of the Shell Pink Vision Quest, has become liberated and knows of the true origin and power of Shell Pink. As a mark of distinction and highest honor, Rob ordered and does now hold within his grasp this distinctive Classic.
As with so many time-honored vintage guitar colors, Shell Pink first made its debut in the automotive industry—this particular color adorned 1956 Desotos. It wasn’t until four years later that the electric guitar industry adopted the shade for a successful three year run.
Rob certainly demonstrated that he clearly understands the finer things in life by selecting a maple neck capped by a Madagascar rosewood fingerboard. While bestowing a warm sonic blessing upon the alder body, it lends its natural burgundy hue as a perfect counterbalance to the light-red tint of this refined finish.
And it doesn’t stop there, Rob went on to load the Aged White pickguard with our VA12 and VA12R neck and middle coils for true, untainted, vintage flavor. But with the flick of the VA-Booster Switch, they can be ramped up to hot-vintage output, poetically balancing with the larger and more dominate, traditional tone of the VA3 housed at the bridge location. As if that wasn’t enough, he also incorporated the sonically and visually undetectable Anderson-version of the Fishman Powerbridge for a robust plugged-in acoustic guitar tone that can be blended with the astounding electric tones or stand alone.
Let us learn from the Ancients: Making peace with Shell Pink; there is no better way to truly embrace manhood!
Embark on your very own Vision Quest.
• MODEL: – The Classic
• FINISH: – Shell Pink
• BODY WOOD: – Alder
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Maple with Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Natural with Aged Tint
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin with Aged Tint
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – T/A Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 5/8ths
• SCALE LENGTH: – 25 1/2-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy
• BRIDGE: – Vintage Tremolo with Fishman Powerbridge—for plugged-in acoustic guitar sounds
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – Aged White
• NECK PICKUP: – VA12
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – VA12R
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – VA3
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Add-Bridge and VA Booster Switch—for 13 sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – Coffee Dipped
• PICKUP RINGS: – n/a
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .009-.042
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: –Mannys Music/New York, New York