Epiphone has combined two unique elements of Americana - Airstream travel trailers and the Trailer Park Troubadours - to create a unique new artist signature guitar, the Epi Airscreamer.
The body of the guitar is shaped like the popular Airstream "Bambi" trailer - complete with a volume control knob for a hub cap - that has been a familiar sight on America's roadways since the 1960s, and the model is officially licensed by the Airstream company. The Epi Airscreamer is also an official artist signature model for the Trailer Park Troubadours, the cult band that glorifies the "trailer lifestyle" with such songs as "I Live in Aluminum" and "It Ain't Home Til You Take the Wheels Off."
"The Airscreamer represents the perfect convergence of a guitar, a band and a vehicle," said Jim "Epi" Rosenberg, president of Epiphone. "A home on wheels has never sounded so good."
"It's the single most innovative product development since the unveiling of the new 22-foot International CCD travel trailer," added Tim Champ, director of marketing & brand development for Airstream, Inc. "Airstream and Epiphone have teamed up to infuse the spirit of wanderlust, freedom and the troubadour's soul back into today's music scene."
The Airscreamer guitar features a pair of EMG humbucking pickups, a push-pull pickup selector switch in the volume knob, maple neck, chrome-plated hardware, an "aluminum" color finish and the Trailer Park Troubadours' logo on the headstock. It comes with a gig bag.
The Trailer Park Troubadours "rolled out" the Airscreamer at an Epiphone VIP party at the summer NAMM show in Nashville in July. The "Sons of Hitches," as they are affectionately known, made their recording debut with The Single-Wide Sessions, 1994-95 and their four CDs are available on their website at www.unhitched.com. Airstream trailers and mobile homes have provided a "home away from home" for millions of traveling Americans since 1931 and have inspired loyal owners to organize Airstream rallies and caravans. For more information visit www.airstream.com.
Backstage with the Airscreamer (l to r: Ansty/Troubadours, Jim Rosenberg/Epiphone, Jimmy Jackson/Troubadours, Tim Champ/Airstream and Flem/Troubadours)