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Archer Guitars, USA of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is proud to introduce their new artist model, the Josh Rouse 1972 Signature Guitar, Jazz Archtop Model JR1972-T. This Signature Series Archer provides alt-pop/rock singer-songwriter Josh Rouse the perfect tone and feel he seeks; whether in the recording studio or performing onstage.

Pre-orders are now being taken at both www.joshrouse.com as well as www.archerguitars.com, coinciding with Rhino's brand new Josh Rouse two-disc, 32 song anthology titled, "The Best of the Rykodisc Years" plus his upcoming tour which begins September 16th in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Additionally, an online contest to win this guitar is being offered thru Archer's website, www.archerguitars.com, in conjunction with Rhino/Rykodisc Records and Cascio Interstate Music. Other prizes include Cascio Interstate Gift Cards plus Rouse's latest CD release. The contest expires February 1, 2009.

This single cutaway guitar features twin Performance Studio Level pickups, an arched laminated flamed maple top, deluxe art deco tuners, a maple body and set neck, a rosewood fingerboard, custom shop Abalone Archer in-laid logo, JR initialed back headstock, D'Addario strings, and special 1972 truss cover, all combined in a select tobacco sunburst finish. The Archer Josh Rouse 1972 Signature Guitar has been road and studio tested by Josh everywhere — from Brazil to Stockholm — and is ready to move to production in late 2008.

While designing this Signature guitar, it was very important to create a model that would reflect Josh Rouse's music. Similar to Josh Rouse's music, the aesthetics of this guitar reflect modern standards, yet has the sound of a traditional electric archtop. Archer created this guitar along the lines of jazz series models, intending to provide true value at the intermediate level, or completely worthy of being used live or in the studio by any pro. Artist-series signature jazz guitars like this one typically cost a lot more!

Throughout Josh Rouse's career, this alt-pop/rock singer-songwriter has had the unique ability to recreate a vintage sound for a new generation of listeners. Besides being known nationally, Rouse is also very prominent internationally, and has toured with artists such as Guster and John Mayer. His music has appeared on television shows such as Ed, Roswell, and Party of Five in addition to his material being heard in several major motion pictures.

Born in Nebraska and later settling in Nashville, Rouse learned to play guitar from his uncle, and as a teen he was interested in British bands like the Smiths and the Cure. Signed to the Rykodisc subsidiary Slow River in 1998, Rouse made his debut album, Dressed Up Like Nebraska. After moving to Nashville, became friends with Kurt Wagner, front man of the chamber country group Lambchop, and in the fall of 1999 the two singer/songwriters issued a collaborative EP, Chester.

Josh Rouse's second solo LP, Home, was released in 2000 and in 2002 he released Under Cold Blue Stars. For his next record Rouse worked with producer Brad Jones for 2003's 1972. Before the release of his new album Nashville in 2004, Rouse moved from Nashville to Spain. In 2006, Rouse again worked with Brad Jones to produce the relaxed and intimate Subtitulo. After making two EPs (Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2 and She's Spanish, I'm American, a duet record with artist Paz Suay), Rouse released Country Mouse City House in August of 2007. In September 2008, Rhino Records will release a brand new Josh Rouse two-disc, 32 song anthology, The Best of the Rykodisc Years.

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