Monday, August 14, 2006

yamaha sa503 tvl troy van leeuwen signature guitar

the sa503 tvl (troy van leeuwen) signature model from yamaha is a cool blend of old time es335 and post rock yamaha vibe. it's got three single coil soapbars, a real chrome bisgby, maple set neck, maple body, a kinda short 24 3/4" scale, and a rosewood fingerboard. it walks a great line between the obvious nod to the semi hollows of old, and a cool retro new look and sound. this is a great guitar, and i think it fills a great niche; it's modern enough to open the doors for new sounds and approaches, but it still feels like putting on a favorite t shirt!

the artist:

troy van leeuwen

guitarist troy van leeuwen joined the queens of the stone age 2002 after playing in a perfect circle and, before that the band failure. a multi instrumenalist, he's played bass, keyboards, and lap steel in qotsa, and he's also done session work for depeche mode, limp bizkit, and korn. his gear includes the yamaha sa503tvl, yamaha aes1500s, a gibson les paul and various other gibsons, and a chandler
lap steel.

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