2011 Martin Backpacker | Ace - Skunk Anansie Collection

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In collaboration with Ace from UK alt-rock band Skunk Anansie, Vintage 'n' Rare Guitars are proud to offer for sale some of the iconic instruments used throughout his career. 

Formed in 1994, Skunk Anansie have become one of the biggest rock bands in Europe with over 6 million physical sales and over 25 million Spotify streams per year not to mention the numerous awards acquired along the way. Their blend of alternative rock, punk, and metal, with powerful vocals and socially conscious lyrics gained them significant attention from the outset with the release of their debut album "Paranoid & Sunburnt" in 1995 followed by "Stoosh" a year later. Skunk Anansie continued to evolve their sound with subsequent albums "Post Orgasmic Chill" (1999), "Wonderlustre" (2010), and "Anarchytecture" (2016), and throughout their career they have been praised for their dynamic live performances and outspoken stance on issues like politics, sexuality, and racism. Guitarist, songwriter and founder member Ace played a crucial role in shaping the band's distinctive sound - his heavy riffs, melodic hooks, and dynamic solos contributing to the band's energetic and impactful music. 

During their career Skunk Anansie have shared stages with with such bands as Metallica, Rammstein, Muse, U2, The Rod Hot Chilli Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols. They continue to play sell out shows and release new music under their own independent label. This longevity and influence on the rock scene has cemented their status as one of the most iconic and enduring bands in British rock history. Coinciding with their 30th anniversary Ace has partnered with Vintage 'n' Rare Guitars to offer for sale some of the iconic instruments he used during his career. 

A compact travel guitar, designed to handle the rigours of outdoor use and travel the Martin Backpacker model was first introduced in the early 90’s and has been a great seller for the company since. Features include a Solid Spruce top with solid Mahogany back, sides and neck. A select hardwood fingerboard and bridge. The scale length is an approachable 24”. Martin describes the neck as having a Backpacker Taper profile with a 1 1/16th neck profile that translates to the guitar having quite a traditional and fairly substantial feel to it. Tuners are dependable sealed Martin units and the guitar comes with a padded, branded gig bag and woven Strap. 

This guitar was part of Ace's private collection. It was frequently taken on tours, used backstage and in hotel rooms to practice and write some of the bands biggest songs.

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