Review: Sterling By Music Man St. Vincent HH
New for 2019, Annie Clark’s affordable signature model gets a pair of full-size humbuckers and a choice of candy-store colours.
Music Man’s St. Vincent signature model is one of the most important and striking artist collaborations of recent times. The USA model launched back in 2016, followed in 2017 by an Indonesian-made Sterling version that costs about a third of the price and mirrors the triple-humbucker spec of the original. The Music Man St. Vincent HH arrived a year later, while NAMM 2019 saw the Sterling equivalent served up in HH configuration and classic Daphne Blue and Fiesta Red hues.
It says something about the pervasive cultural influence of the 1950s American automobile that so many of the colours originally developed for that industry (well before finding their way onto Californian guitars) still appear utterly contemporary in 2019.
Without wishing to reignite the debate about the ‘Flamingo Pink’ finish on Hank Marvin’s legendary Stratocaster – how much time have we got?! – we’ve seen ‘Fiesta Red’ finishes that are more orange or pink in tone than this, but the important point is that the poly shade chosen here looks simply fantastic applied to the retrofuturist lines of Annie Clark