Guitarist to the stars Rusty Anderson has developed his own model Gibson guitar based on an original 1959 blonde ES-335, and is set to launch it with an exclusive LA charity performance alongside his band Rusty Anderson Afternoon.
With admission being a minimum donation of $65 USD, all money raised on the night will go to the National Resource Defense Council, a charity set up to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all on Earth.
In an interview with MWE3, Rusty said of his beloved guitar: “I play the 335 a lot. It seems to kind of be my main expression instrument. I mean, I’ve gone through a lot of guitars. I went through a Strat phrase, and SG’s. I like them all. A good guitar is a good guitar especially if it’s a classically time proven instrument. I like old guitars a lot. I don’t know, they just have a sweeter high end and stuff like that but I have some new guitars that I like a lot. But the 335[ …] It’s sort of overall, my main axe.” (You can read the full interview here).
The guitar has been in development for years, trying to match the look, feel and tone of the original as closely as possible, and had to have Rusty’s final approval before being put into production. The finished product will be unveiled to the 7pm gig on Thursday October 3rd.
The venue of the LA charity concert has yet to be decided, but it will be confirmed with attendees closer to the time.
You can buy tickets to the event on at Eventbrite’s website, keep up to date with Rusty Anderson and the band on their official website, visit the National Resource Defense Council website here, and (eventually) buy the Rusty Anderson signature ES-335 over on Gibson’s official store.