When the worlds of classic instrument design and progressive, heavy rock collide, the result is the SA503 TVL limited edition signature electric from Yamaha Guitars. Developed at Yamaha's USA Custom Guitar shop, the SA503 TVL is a semi-acoustic, double-cutaway electric designed in the tradition of classic archtops and named for Queens of the Stone Age axeman Troy Van Leeuwen.
"Troy has been affiliated with Yamaha for some time now, and it's fitting to release this signature model," says Ken Dapron, director, Yamaha Guitar Development. "The SA503 TVL has Troy's custom features on a proven classic design. It has the look and sound that is both vintage and sophisticated, but still appropriate for today's music."
Constructed of multi-ply bound Maple with a 24 3/4" scale set in Maple neck and bound Rosewood fingerboard, the SA503 TVL can deliver a thick, bluesy sound or just the right amount of focused cut. Electronics include three soap bar style, single coil pickups and a custom "all access" multi-function switching system with dual 3-way selectors. A Chrome pedestal bridge and a licensed Bigsby tremolo add to the vintage feel and sound. The SA503TVL is available in Blood Translucent Red and Black.
Van Leeuwen applies his distinctive, intense sound to bands that merge the heavy with the ethereal. Although best known as a past member of Failure and A Perfect Circle and for his current affiliation with Queens of the Stone Age, he has also appeared as a session player with Orgy, Korn, Deadsy, Depeche Mode and Limp Bizkit.
The SA503 TVL is currently shipping at an MSRP of $1,499.99.