Introducing the Epiphone Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic-Electric

December 10, 2010

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With his six-string skills best described as a merger between heavy metal, psychedelia, and modern rock, Dave Navarro became one of alternative rock’s first true guitar heroes. Throughout his seminal work with Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers, his guest spots on Nine Inch Nails’ Further Down the Spiral and Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill – all alongside acclaimed solo releases and his Camp Freddy covers project – Navarro has proven himself one of the most versatile guitarists on the alt-rock scene of the past 25 years. And while his incendiary electric chops are usually front and center, he has long been recognized as an acoustic player of enormous impact, a fact that Epiphone now celebrates with the new Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic/Electric model.
 
Built to cover all Navarro’s tonal and performance needs, and dressed in a unique package that reflects the star’s distinctive persona, the Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic/Electric is primed as a super-playable, ultra-versatile gigging tool for today’s rocker. Top quality solid tonewoods and first-class Epiphone construction ensure that the Dave Navarro Signature begins with the emphasis on acoustic, while a cutting-edge pickup and preamp system developed by Epiphone in cooperation with Shadow of Germany lets you take it all electric in a big way, in an instant. Wrap it all in an ebony finish with multi-ply binding and abalone soundhole rosette, custom engraved pickguard, and custom mother-of-pearl “unicursal hexigram” inlays on an ebony fingerboard, and the Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic/Electric a guitar that looks like no other, too.
 
A great acoustic starts with great wood, and Epiphone has turned to the all-time classic – solid bookmatched Sitka spruce – for the soundboard (top) of the Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic/Electric. A solid mahogany back and select mahogany sides add warmth and depth to the spruce’s legendary sweetness and clarity, resulting in a rich, resonant, well-balanced tone that ranks with the great acoustic dreadnoughts from Gibson and Epiphone’s past. Taking all that acoustic tone right up the to present when you need to plug in is Epiphone’s eSonic preamp system with the revolutionary NanoFlex under-saddle pickup. Designed in cooperation with and made by Shadow of Germany, the eSonic is a small, lightweight preamp powered by two long-lasting Lithium batteries.
 
It features a fast and extremely accurate built-in chromatic tuner that allows you to “mute” the output of the guitar while tuning or while “unplugging” to avoid any loud “pop.” Other controls include Master Volume, Treble and Bass EQ, a Dynamics slider that acts as an EQ frequency shifter, and a “phase” switch to help eliminate feedback. Under the genuine bone saddle is Shadow’s Nanoflex pickup. Not a piezo, the NanoFlex design utilizes 7 highly sensitive and ultra-responsive layers of sensor material to not only sense the vibrations of the strings but the vibrations of the guitar body as well. This produces results equivalent to a condenser-microphone mixed with an under-saddle pickup. The Nanoflex is the first pickup to incorporate active amplification directly at the pickup. As a result, the signal does not pass through even a single millimeter of the wire and therefore, the signal quality is uncompromised. Combined with its 100% shielding, the Nanoflex is absolutely and completely noise free.
 
Add to this a bone nut, high-efficiency Grover tuners, and a rosewood “moustache” bridge and you can see that no detail has been spared in making the Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic/Electric a true titan of tone. To make it superbly playable as well, Epiphone has included a deep, rounded body cutaway for excellent upper-fret access, a comfortable SlimTaper “D” neck profile, and a full 25.5" scale length and slightly wider nut width of 1.725" for easy, precise fingering. In short, the Dave Navarro Signature model is a no-compromises acoustic/electric for a no-compromises player. As with all Epiphone instruments, the new Dave Navarro Signature model comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty and Shadow's 5-year warranty (electronics) and is backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

MSRP $999.

For more information, please visit www.epiphone.com.

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