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GUITAR CENTER TEAMS UP WITH DW,
SABIAN & PRO-MARK —
INTRODUCES THE DW NEIL PEART COMMEMORATIVE R30 DRUMKIT
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, October 18, 2006 — Following
last year’s nationwide tour of Neil Peart’s actual drum
kit, accompanied by long-time drum technician Lorne Wheaton, musical
instrument retailer Guitar Center, Inc. (Nasdaq:GTRC) has teamed up
with Drum Workshop (DW) and SABIAN cymbals to recreate the legendary
drummer’s “R30” drum kit in honor of 30 years of the
enduring legacy of RUSH. The DW Neil Peart Commemorative R30 Drum Kit
delivers unmatched sound and is replicated right down to the minutest
Each drum is made from hand-selected maple wood with an
inner ply of curly maple, while the finish is an extreme custom lacquer
process that involves hologram appliqués of icons (inspired by
Keith Moon’s "Pictures of Lily" kit) representing many
of RUSH's most famous recordings and tours. Each Black Mirra Flake panel
is lined with red pin striping and the entire kit including hardware
and pedals are custom plated in rich 24-carat gold. The R30 kit also
includes a full complement of Neil’s SABIAN Paragon cymbals, which
he worked closely with SABIAN to develop. The kit comes complete with
30 pairs of Pro-Mark Neil Peart Commemorative Drum Sticks, an exclusive
DVD titled The Making of the R30 Drumkit, as well as a Certificate of
Authenticity personally signed by Neil Peart.
Guitar Center is making this once-in-a-lifetime, limited
production (only 30 are being produced) DW Neil Peart Commemorative
R30 Drum Kit available on October 30th at $30,000.00. For more information,
please visit http://www.guitarcenter.com/peart/.
About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers,
percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment.
Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 190 Guitar
Center stores across the United States. In addition, our Music &
Arts division operates more than 90 stores specializing in band instruments
for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors
and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical
instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary,
Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and web site, www.musiciansfriend.com.
More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's
web site at www.guitarcenter.com.
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Center, Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective
companies with which they are associated.
MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Clyne, Neilson/Clyne at (615) 662-1616