Another 5 Stunning New Signature Guitars by Female Guitarists

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

Women make up at least 50 percent of new guitar buyers, and are some of the most powerful strummers and soloists in bands all over the world. As a result, we’re seeing an influx of signature guitars designed by our favorite female guitarists in rock and other genres. 

Here are five new ones unveiled in 2020 and 2021.

Orianthi Gibson SJ-200 Custom

Orianthi’s new signature Gibson acoustic guitar in cherry (available in May 2021).

Making its debut this May, rock guitar goddess Orianthi’s jaw-dropping stunner of an axe is #1 on my wish list. Features include a special neck modeled after a Gibson ES 345, a redesigned pickguard with Lotus Flowers (her name means “flower” in Greek, she says), as well as mother-of-pearl dot inlays in the neck. In this video, she calls it an “acoustic guitar for lead guitar players.” I call it a dream. 

[SEE RELATED: 5 More Great Signature Guitars Inspired and Designed by Female Guitarists]

H.E.R. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Chrome Glow 

On September 20, Fender unveiled the brand’s first-ever signature guitar by a black artist, and it’s pretty spectacular — the guitar features a mid-‘60s “C” shape maple neck, Vintage Noiseless™ pickups and an anodized aluminum pick guard. 

H.E.R.’s signature Fender Stratocaster in chrome.

[SEE RELATED: H.E.R.’s New Signature Guitar with Fender is All I Want to Think About]

Nita Strauss Ibanez JIVAJr 

Nita Strauss Ibanez JIVA Jr. (Available at Sweetwater and other retailers)

We’ve been obsessed with Nita Strauss’ JIVA for some time — it’s light as a feather, perfect for metal solos, and super-durable. The JIVAJR sports many of the same features as the original (and all of the beauty) but at a much more affordable price point. The new model features a “quilted maple top with 3-ply binding on a meranti body bolted to a Wizard III maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard,” which features those cool ‘Beaten Path’ EKG-style inlays and luminescent side dot markers. 

Chrissie Hynde Signature Fender Telecaster

Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde recently unveiled this signature model guitar, which has an alder body with a road-worn ice blue metallic lacquer. Features include 1950s-style, single-coil pickups voiced to match those of Hynde’s original, plus a stainless steel barrel saddle bridge, custom mid-’60s C-shaped maple neck, 7.25-inch radius fingerboard, and a chrome mirror pickguard. For more information, visit Fender’s website or purchase on Reverb.

Chrissie Hynde’s signature Fender Telecaster

[SEE RELATED: 5 Great Signature Guitars Designed for — and Inspired by — Female Rock Guitarists]

Yvette Young Ibanez YY10 Electric Guitar 

Yvette Young is Ibanez’s second-ever female signature artist, which is fitting, since the Covet guitarist is a finger-tapping, musical sensation. The YY10 Signature Electric Guitar in Slime Green Sparkle — inspired by one of Young’s custom Ibanez Talmans — features a one-piece maple neck and maple fretboard, alder body and Seymour Duncan Five-Two neck pickups.

Yvette Young Ibanez YY10 Electric Guitar

Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the founder and editor of Rockmommy.

The 6 Most Rock n’ Roll Moments of Super Bowl LV

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

Super Bowl LV promised to be exciting, with conversations about #GOAT quarterback Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) versus younger hotshot quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) dominating every corner of the sports internet. 

But yesterday’s game was also pretty groundbreaking, music-wise, too.

Here are the five most rock n’ roll moments of Super Bowl LV. 

Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett. Before Sunday, everyone was pumped for the showdown between 43-year-old Brady and 25-year-old Mahomes. But I was more excited over another convergence of classic and new talent: the pre-game show with Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett.Miley Cyrus might be vying for the title of Rock n’ Roll princess, but Joan Jett with her killer guitar playing, raspy vocals and punk rock legacy, is already The Queen. Seeing Joan and Miley work it on stage, during their duet ‘Bad Karma’ off Miley’s ‘Plastic Hearts’ album was eye candy, ear candy, and just the sweetest treat. 

[SEE RELATED: 7 Reasons I’m Pumped About Miley Cyrus’ New Record ‘Plastic Hearts’]

Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’ 

The performance of 65-year-old Billy Idol’s most famous tune is deserving a paragraph of its own. And as much as I love Miley, I kind of wanted her to step down so I could experience Billy Idol, solo, in his element. His voice and his energy were spot on, and his band killed it.

H.E.R. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

H.E.R’s ‘America the Beautiful’. H.E.R. is rock music’s new Renaissance woman. She can sing, play guitar, and perform. Her music, a blending of classic rock, R&B, reggae, and other styles — is beyond definition. And in September, H.E.R. became the first black woman with her own signature guitar — a gorgeous “chrome glow” Fender Stratocaster. She blew me away with that guitar solo.

[SEE RELATED: H.E.R.’s New Signature Guitar with Fender is All I Want to Think About]

That Block by Ali Marpet

Every game features a handful of plays worthy of “we will rock you” chants. A key block by Buccaneers offensive guard Ali Marpet in the third quarter enabled running back Leonard Fournette to dash 27 yards to touchdown, securing Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win. So why are we including a brilliant sports play in a #rockmommy blog (and highlighting an offensive guard instead of a running back or QB)? Because Marpet is a rock n’ roll kid, the son of musician, Mamapalooza creator, and Museum of Motherhood founder Joy Rose. 

[SEE RELATED: Joy Rose, on Mamapalooza, Motherhood and Turning up the Volume]

The Weeknd’s weird, cool halftime show

Everyone in my inner circle knows I am obsessed with The Weeknd, whose moody, cool tunes, bad boy persona and Stevie Wonder-level vocals has me swooning every time. During the halftime show, he moved from ‘Starboy’ to his classic ‘The Hills’ (my favorite) and ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ to his newer tracks, including the danceable, New Wave-y ‘Blinding Lights’ with such finesse, that I didn’t feel put off by the weirdness of his bandaged dancers. I didn’t think about social statements or symbolism. I just lost myself in the music and the performance. 

Female Coaches FTW

Rock n’ roll, done right, is a break from the status quo. So is coaching football, when you’re a woman! This year, Buccaneers coaches Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust made history as the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl. Sarah Thomas also made history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, working as the down judge. We think that’s pretty epic. 

There were some funny commercials too (though the State Farm ad with Drake and Patrick Mahomes was a bit over-played). But it was the music and rock n’ roll moments stretched across seven hours, that made this Bowl one of my favorites. 

Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the editor and founder of Rockmommy

H.E.R.’s New Signature Guitar with Fender is All I Want to Think About

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

It’s been a busy few days without the added stress of life under our current administration/COVID and I’ve had precious little time with my beloved guitars — my Fender Strat, Gibson SG, and Yamaha acoustic (of course, I have 7 others, but these are my three favorites).

As my eyes glazed over news headlines this morning, I caught a glimpse of a video from the artist H.E.R., playing guitar like a bandit.

In September, H.E.R. became the first black female artist with a signature guitar, a gorgeous Fender Stratocaster that’s as jaw dropping as an Oscars gown.

I’d never heard of H.E.R. before the announcement, but her music — rock meets soul meets R&B meets reggae — is pretty awesome. She’s so badass — I wish I had that kind of presence and confidence at 23.

The guitar, Fender, and H.E.R. give me hope during these dark days. No one loves seeing young women play instruments more than me. I just wish I had the space for all of them, but my basement, where most instruments reside, is currently a sea of Legos. Anyway, Happy Wednesday! Enjoy the video.