Our Arm the Homeless Custom Guitar Specifications
Body Wood: Basswood Neck Wood: Maple Construction: Bolt-on Fretboard: Rosewood Inlays: Dot Inlays Scale Length: 25.5" Frets: 22 Pickups: 2 Wilkinson Humbuckers Switch: 1 Killswitch Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone Headstock: Kramer Style Bridge: Licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo Hardware: Black Finish Finish: Silver w/ Hippo Graphic Strings: D'Addario
Tom Morello Strat - Arm The Homeless Owner
About Tom Morello, he is best known for his guitar tone control and creativity, and his ability to use various pedals and effects. His most famous tune is to make his guitar sound like a scratcher. In addition, Tom always wears a baseball cap in performance. And behind these features is his Tom Morello Strat Arm the Homeless guitar.
Tom Morello Strat - Arm the Homeless History
One day Tom contacted the Performance Guitar USA company, and requested them to customize the Tom Morello Strat. Tom was very disappointed with the guitar, said that he got a terrible Tom Morello Strat, so he decided to re-assemble this guitar. The reassemble resulted in the black and red Arm the Homeless words on the body, a hammer-sickle symbol sticker, 4 hippos on the body and a big hippo on the back of the guitar body. At the lower corner of the guitar it was equipped with a 3-way switch (also called killswitch), two volume buttons and one tune knob. Pickups are EMG brand, EMG81 in the neck and EMG85 in the bridge. Morello also replaced the neck with a Kramer style neck. Although almost every parts of this Tom Morello Strat are replaced numerous times, only the original blue body and the red and black words "Arm the Homeless" have never been changed.
In 1979, the Performance Guitar USA owner, Kenny Sugai, explained that the original Tom Morello Strat was with a fender Stratocaster body, Seymour Duncan JB pickups, Floyd Rose bridge, fender c-type neck, a special aircraft switch mounted on one corner of it to ensure its durability. Similarly, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard (all are top wood) and the special truss rod, all of these were to maintain its stability under Morello’s intense short taps.
This Tom Morello Strat also has a special circuit system which allows Morello to switch up and down to generate a snatchy sound, combined with the heavy pedal box, the results is that it sounds like from DJ Scratch, Farfisa organ or angry bees.
Tom Morello Strat - Arm the Homeless Meaning
Tom Morello Strat - Arm the Homeless is Tom’s most famous standard tuned guitar since 1991. Morello also has many other strange guitars like Soul Power, a custom, a weird looking Ovation, and so on. But "Arm the Homeless" is a permanent individual portray for Tom. Tom has his own evaluation of this Tom Morello Strat, he said he’d used a lot of guitars, but he had only two major guitars, this Tom Morello Strat was one of them and he had modified it over years. This revealed how Tom loves this Tom Morello Strat.
Why the Tom Morello Strat was signed with Arm the Homeless?
There is no accurate explanation, but we know that Tom is a leftist, and he, together with Serj Tankian, organized a political group with the purpose to organize all musicians, music fans and grassroots political organizations together in order to fight for social justice. I think this is Tom’s long insisted political ideas, and he printed this idea on his favorite Tom Morello Strat to remind him all the time.
Our Arm the Homeless Custom Guitar
Against these features we carried out repeated studies and replicated the original Tom Morello Strat. We mounted on the 3-way switch (also called killswitch).
And we mounted on a Kramer style neck, just like Tom did after his repeatedly trying and modifying!!
Also the wood selection is strictly accordance with the original Tom Morello Strat, alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard (all with top wood), and the special steel truss rod. All are the same as the original guitar.
Arm the Homeless Custom Guitar Pickups
There is no difference between ours and the original Tom Morello Strat!! But we offer more choices on pickups selection, except the original EMG81 and EMG85 which we sourced for your requirements, Wilkinson pickups is what we strongly recommended because of its high quality and affordable price. It can save you much money!! The Wilkinson pickups with the same specs as EMG pickups are much cheaper than the latter!!
Since our products are low-volume production, the price, compared to custom made guitars, is more affordable. But the inventory is limited. If you really like this Tom Morello Strat, please seize the chance to contact us immediately.
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