While No Doubt has been touring in support of its new studio album "Push And Shove," the band's guitarist, Tom Dumont, has been playing a newly designed guitar called Zora. The instrument is not yet available in music stores, but that's about to change beginning in January.
During No Doubt's recent television appearances and live performances, notably their seven-night residency at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Tom has been seen and heard using three different prototypes of the new Zora guitar built by Orange County, California manufacturer GJ2 Guitars. The Zora model is designed by GJ2 co-founder Grover Jackson with technical and aesthetic input from Tom.
Zora prototypes have been made using mahogany and Sapele (African mahogany) wood and are built to maximize stability, sustain and tone. The company's own Habanero pickups as well as the volume and tone knobs and other hardware are all made in-house. Mother of Pearl chevron-shaped fretboard inlays are inspired by Art Deco architecture. Zora protoype 3 features a natural hand-oiled finish and Super-Vee "BladeRunner" tremolo.
Tom Dumont commented, "Grover is amazing. He's made me three guitars so far and they all play beautifully. By making prototypes we're able to try out different ideas, find out what works, discover and correct any flaws. It's a process. By the end of it we will have the perfect version of Zora."
GJ2 Guitars is preparing to launch a full line of Zora guitars in 2013, to be unveiled at the January Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim (which also happens to be the town where No Doubt began). In addition, 2013 will be the first NAMM appearance for the recently released GJ2 Concorde, based on a design originally created by Grover Jackson with Randy Rhoads.
About GJ2 Guitars
Founded in 2011 by Grover Jackson (formerly of Jackson Guitars and Jackson/Charvel fame) and Jon Gold (former VP International Sales for Fender), GJ2 Guitars is a Laguna Hills, CA, manufacturer of superior quality electric guitars. The company designs and performs all its own wood-crafting and creates nearly all of the instrument components in-house, including pickups. Only the best woods and materials are used. Great attention is paid to playability, tone, and build quality. Grover Jackson personally oversees the production of each instrument.
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