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New H.R Giger Signature Series Ibanez Guitar Unveiled [Winter NAMM 2008]

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Anaheim, CA, 14 Jan 2008 — One of the most interesting pairings of the worlds of the visual and musical arts continues as H.R. Giger, best known for the creature of “Alien” fame, has once again joined forces with Ibanez, the fretted-instrument maker. The latest design combines an Ibanez RG electric guitar, one of the best-known heavy metal guitars in the world, with H.G. Giger’s haunting “Biomechanical Matrix,” which is laser-engraved on the RG’s basswood body. Other dark artistic touches include skull-shaped volume and tone controls, Gold Mirror neck inlays, a textured headstock and Ibanez Infinity pickups with the H.G. Giger logo design. The RGHRG1 has a list price of $1733.32.

“H.R. Giger’s collaboration with Ibanez is a natural pairing when delving into the world of string instruments,” remarked H.R. Giger’s agent Les Barany. “Mr. Giger is an acknowledged fan of diverse musical styles and an accomplished jazz pianist and saxophone player in his own right. Giger’s musical enthusiasm and his avant-garde approach to industrial and ‘practical’ design is right at home in the Ibanez camp.” Bill Reim, president of Hoshino U.S.A., which distributes Ibanez in the United States, and who has contributed to many Ibanez designs himself, explained one of the reasons that the partnership came to be: “I was always a big fan of H.R. Giger’s work, and I was influenced during my years in art school by his designs for album covers for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Deborah Harry and others. I had always wanted to use H.R. Giger’s designs for some of our displays, so when the chance came to actually utilize his graphic designs for our guitars, we were more than ready to do so.”

The H.R. Giger/Ibanez partnership had its debut at the 2005 Anaheim Winter NAMM Show. The RGHRG1 is the sixth Giger/Ibanez design (five guitars and one bass).

  • Model - RGHRG1
  • List - $1733.32
  • Available Finish - BKF Black Flat
  • Body Material - Basswood
  • Neck Material - 3pc Maple
  • Neck Scale/Type - 25.5”/Wizard II
  • No. Frets/Type - 24/Jumbo
  • Fingerboard - Rosewood
  • Inlay - Gold Mirror
  • Bridge - Edge III
  • H/W Color - Black
  • Neck Pickup - IBZ Infinity IF3 Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup - IBZ Infinity IF4 Humbucker
  • Controls - 1 Vol, 1 Tone
  • Other Special Features - Body laser engraved with H.R. Giger’s “Biomechanical Matrix” graphic
  • Case - Deluxe Hardshell
  • Case List - Included

About H.R. Giger

H. R. Giger is recognized as one of the world’s foremost artists of Fantastic Realism. Born in 1940 to a chemist’s family in Chur, Switzerland, he moved in 1962 to Zurich, where he studied architecture and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts. By 1964 he was producing his first artworks, mostly ink drawings and oil paintings, resulting in his first solo exhibition in 1966, followed by the publication and world-wide distribution of his first poster edition in 1969. Shortly after, he discovered the airbrush and, along with it, his own unique freehand painting style, leading to the creation of many of his most well known works, the surrealistic Biomechanical dreamscapes, which formed the cornerstone of his fame. To date, 20 books have been published about Giger’s art.

Giger’s third and most famous book, Necronomicon, published in 1977, served as the visual inspiration for director Ridley Scott’s film Alien, Giger’s first film assignment, which earned him the 1980 Oscar for the Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his designs of the film’s title character and its lifecycle, plus the movie’s otherworldly environment. Giger’s other film works include Poltergeist II, Alien3 and Species.

Giger’s album covers for Debbie Harry and the band ELP were voted among the 100 best in music history in a survey of rock journalists. Throughout his career, Giger also worked in sculpture and, in 1988, created his first total environment, the Tokyo Giger Bar, and in 1992 a second Giger Bar in Chur.

In 1998, The HR Giger Museum was inaugurated in the Ch teau St. Germain, a four-level building complex in the historic, medieval walled city of Gruyères, Switzerland. As the permanent home to many of the artist’s most prominent works, the Giger Museum houses the largest collection of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, furniture and film designs, dating from the early 1960’s until the present day. Displayed on the museum’s top floor is Giger’s own private art collection, as well as the HR Giger Museum Gallery where, on a rotating basis, Giger curates one-man shows for other artists.

The adjoining new HR Giger Museum Bar was officially opened on April 12, 2003 as part of the museum complex. Giger’s designs for the bar emphasizes the pre-existing Gothic architecture of the 400 year old space. The giant skeletal arches covering the vaulted ceiling, together with the bar’s fantastic stony furniture, evoke the building’s original medieval character and give the space a church-like feeling.

September 16, 2004 saw the opening of a six-month Giger retrospective at the Museum Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France. "Le monde selon H.R. Giger" (The World According to H.R. Giger), is the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to ever take place outside of Switzerland. Over one year in preparation, ninety percent of the artwork is on loan from Giger’s collectors, including three Swiss museums. The display of more than 200 pieces spans four decades of the celebrated artist’s career, covering two floors of the museum’s exhibition space. On December 17, 2004, H.R. Giger received the prestigious award, "La Médaille de la Ville de Paris", at Paris City Hall, from Christophe Girard, the city’s Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture.

Giger continues to live in Zurich, working on a variety of new projects, including the final plans for a train ride through the Giger Museum. He is also in the process of completing a series of new sculptures for another retrospective in Prague this upcoming April.

To learn more about the artist and his current projects, visit his official website, www.hrgiger.com

About Ibanez Guitars, Basses and Electronics

Ibanez guitars were first made by Hoshino Gakki of Nagoya Japan in the 1930s. Since the 1970s Ibanez has provided a vast range of acoustic and electric fretted instruments for a long list of respected “guitarist’s guitarists,” including George Benson, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Pat Metheny. In addition, the company is one of the most important electric bass guitar companies in the world, as well as a manufacturer of amplifiers and effects processors such as the legendary Tube Screamer overdrive pedal.

Additional information on the fascinating, sometimes controversial, history of Ibanez is available in the new book, “Ibanez – The Untold Story,” which also debuted at the 2005 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim. The new book can be purchased at the Ibanez website and is available at many authorized Ibanez guitar and electronics retailers.
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