Sin City Presents Magazine February 2017 Volume 4 Issue 2 - Page 29

After Tony Zemaitis, who formed Zemaitis Guitars in 1955, figured out the logistics and benefits of the metal plate, he turned it into an ornamental design and had master engraver Danny O’Brien create beautiful etchings on the metal tops. That’s how Zemaitis became known as ‘Art With Strings.’

Some of the original artists who played Zemaitis Guitars were George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, and Greg Lake…. A lot of the great English rockers were early Zemaitis players.

I took the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the collaboration between Zemaitis Guitars and Al Bane for Leather. Dave told me that Zemaitis wanted to explore some different mediums for guitar designs. Somebody mentioned leather and he immediately thought of Al Bane. He contacted Al and they created the first leather guitar cover.

Zemaitis Guitars are really happy to be working with Al Bane for Leather, and to be working so closely with Lucky Strike in Hollywood. In addition, they are extremely grateful to be networking with well-known Hollywood musicians Barry Pointer (The Anatomy) and Michael Grant (LA Guns) as a result of these connections.

It was nice to hear Dave say, “Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen actually has a design with Al that is very beautiful. Al is a custom guitar strap maker, so any type of guitar strap, any type of guitar… He can build a matching strap that compliments the guitar perfectly. So, it’s really fun to work with some really cool people. Like Alison, Al, and everybody that’s been here.” It’s great to be part of the team for sure, and I’m happy to hear these kind words! Thank you Dave!

Al told me that hanging out at NAMM is kind of like hanging out at one of our parties, where all the cool people show up. They had about thirty guitar straps and five 'guitar covers’ on display at the Al Bane for Leather booth. Each guitar cover has a matching guitar strap too. The five designs currently available are a Tribute to David Bowie’s Black Star, The Rising Sun, a custom-design they did for Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper/Hollywood Vampires) that is covered in silver studs called The Henriksen, a Checkerboard Pyramids, and a shrunken goat. The leather covers are an innovative way to give the classic Zemaitis Guitar body a brand new look and feel.

One of the great things about Al Bane for Leather is that they have wide range of guitar straps that appeal to a wide range of people. They have really

simple and plain straps that a blues player would use, they have psycho drama heavy metal stuff that someone like Blackie Lawless (WASP) would use, and they have everything in between. Al Bane for Leather has a showroom located in North Hollywood and is available for custom leatherwork. Please visit the links below to learn more about Zemaitis Guitar, Al Bane for Leather, and Metal Babe Mayhem.


Video from the NAMM Booth:

Photo Credit: Alex Kluft Photography

More Photos from Zmaitis & Alison "Metal Babe" Cohen (continu on page 31 )