Marcus Henderson, perhaps best known for being the heavy-metal guitar player behind the majority of the guitar parts in the megahit video game series "Guitar Hero," has joined forces with Epiphone Guitar of Nashville, TN to design and create the new "Apparition" signature guitar. With a shape reminiscent of an Explorer or Futura, the new Apparition takes guitar design to the extreme with sharper angles, a unique "patent-applied-for" All-Access™ heel contour and high-performance pickups, controls and hardware to create a guitar that's perfect for every guitar hero.
The new Apparition starts with an active set of EMG humbuckers including an EMG-81 pickup in the bridge position and an EMG-85 in the neck position. With their distinctive tone capable of high output levels with zero noise, EMG's are ideally suited for high-volume hard-rock and metal. Controlling the two pickups is a Master Volume and Master Tone with 3-way pickup selector. For the first time ever, a momentary, spring-loaded "kill-button" comes standard and allows the player to create amazing effects - particularly in combination with the tremolo. Equipped with a double-locking, Floyd Rose original tremolo and a special designed tremolo cavity, pitch can be lowered or raised with excellent return-to-pitch accuracy. Epiphone's new "patent-t-applied-for" StrapLocks are included with every Apparition making sure that this guitar will not fly off the strap even under the most extreme performance conditions.
To allow Marcus, as well as all other guitar warriors, complete and easy access to all of the Apparition's 24 nickel/silver Jumbo frets, Epiphone engineers came up with a new "All-Access™" heel design. With a carved-out flat area that extends well past the heel and glued-in neck joint, this design makes playing high up the neck as effortless as never before. Adding to the Apparition's playing speed and comfort is Epiphone’s "SpeedTaper™" satin finish neck. Originally designed for the new Prophecy collection of guitars, this U-shaped neck profile allows for blistering guitar riffs with minimal fatigue.
The body of the Apparition is solid Mahogany topped with highly figured, hand-stained Quilt Maple. Combined with a solid Mahogany glued-in neck creates a deep rich tone with excellent sustain. Both the neck and the six-on-a-side headstock are bound to create a smooth and finished appearance. To add a finishing touch to this one-of-a-kind axe, adorning the Apparition's Ebony fingerboard in mother-of-pearl and centered at the 12th-fret are inlaid "Crossed Scythes." All-metal, pearl inlaid knobs compliment the guitars Midnight Ebony finish while Marcus' signature on the back of the headstock completes the package.
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About Marcus Henderson: Critically acclaimed guitarist Marcus Henderson was chosen to take the role as one of the lead guitarist's for the "Guitar Hero" video games series with jaw-dropping results including several dozen best soundtrack awards, multiple Game of the Year awards, countless accolades, and millions of copies sold. Marcus is part of the heart and soul of the game, and the lightning rod for hundreds of thousands of Guitar Hero fans crossing over to the real thing. With 20 years playing and touring experience, Marcus has brought an energy and authenticity to the game that few interactive experiences offer. Putting everything into his recordings, his performances on the Guitar Hero series not only leap off the screen, but the level of detail and accuracy is frightening. Many times his tracks will be mistaken for the original.
From the San Francisco bay area, his previous bands include Drist and The Hellbillys as well as work for En Vogue and Simon Stinger whose song Fringe Authority can be found inside the movie "Diamonds" with Dan Akyroyd and Kirk Douglas. In 2008, Marcus played on Bootsy Collins' CD, as well as recorded with one-time Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Buckethead. In addition, Henderson is a featured instructor on the website www.guitarinstructor.com.
The new Epiphone Marcus Henderson signature "Apparition" - coming soon to an Authorized Epiphone Retailer near you!