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Yamaha will introduce the Amir Derakh AES-AD6 and Ryan Shuck AES-RS7 electric guitars at Winter NAMM 2002. A collaboration between Derakh and Shuck--best known for their work with alt-rock act Orgy--and Yamaha Guitar Development (YGD), both models feature a visually stunning appearance, yet can withstand the punishing demands of today's rock, heavy metal, alternative and other hard-edged music, onstage or in the studio.

The 6-string AES-AD6 and 7-string AES-RS7 blend radical, high tech looks together with classic silhouettes. Original Yamaha designs feature uniquely sculptured, lightweight solid Alder bodies, bolt-on Maple necks, unique headstocks, and fingerboards painted to match body color. Detailed appointments include multi-angled body surface cuts, aluminum bar fingerboard inlays, a chrome low-mass Tun-O-Matic style bridge, independent tail pieces, and custom chrome tuners.

Electronics include bridge position direct-mounted, custom designed DiMarzio humbuckers, controlled via a single passive Volume pot. In addition, both models boast a longer 26 1/4" scale and special string gauge for down tuning to A or B below E--vital to today's edgy, guitar-driven rock styles.

"The AES-AD6 and AES-RS7 have the aggressive looks and attitudes not seen on Yamaha electrics of the past," states Ken Dapron, director, Yamaha Guitar Development. "Working together with Ryan and Amir, we have developed instruments that look, feel and sound like guitars designed for the demands of today's young rock players."

The AES-AD6 is available in Grey Pearl and Blue finishes. The AES-RS7 is available in Black or Burgundy Metallic finishes.

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