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Epiphone Limited Edition 2015 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit

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Modern blues legend and Grammy nominee Joe Bonamassa returns with his third Epiphone Signature Model, the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "2015" Joe Bonamassa Les ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A one-of-a-kind finish and Gibson Burstbucker pickups.

Modern blues legend and Grammy nominee Joe Bonamassa returns with his third Epiphone Signature Model, the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "2015" Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit. Featuring a one-of-a-kind Inverness Green color finish, Gibson Burstbucker humbucker pickups, and a classic Bigsby B70 vibrato along with a Les Paul-classic "Lifton" style hard case.

Joe Bonamassa has been part of the "House of Stathopoulo" family since 2011 and worked closely with Epiphone’s luthiers at the Epi headquarters in Nashville to create a new Les Paul Standard that incorporated his favorite features from his collection of priceless vintage Les Pauls from the late-'50s, this time with a Bigsby B70 vibrato. Over the last decade, Joe Bonamassa's original fusion of electric blues and rock has inspired a new generation of fans and musicians. Bonamassa is not only a superb and prolific artist but also a genuine music fan—deeply committed to the story and heritage of the many players who have inspired his sound, from Rolling Fork, Mississippi to London.

Bonamassa’s extraordinary technique and passionate performances have already inspired two signature Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul Standards, the “Goldtop” and the Les Paul Standard in Pelham Blue. Now, Bonamassa adds a new twist with the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. "2015" Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard w/Bigsby Outfit, the first Epiphone Les Paul signature model with the classic Bigsby B70 vibrato, especially chosen by Joe to match his own prized vintage Les Paul.

"Sustain for Days"
The "2015" Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit was designed in close cooperation with Joe and includes many of his favorite design details drawn from his collection of vintage Les Paul Standards--designed by Mr. Les Paul himself to "sustain for days." The "2015" has a mahogany body with the same classic "Les Paul” profile used on all Les Pauls since they were first produced at the Gibson/Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The top has a Carved Maple Cap and is finished in Inverness Green at Joe’s request. The traditional Mahogany neck has a rounded D-profile with a “1959” shape modeled after Joe’s favorite ’59 Les Paul Standard and is deep-set into the body and hand-glued. The neck has a 12” radius with a Rosewood fingerboard with “Trapezoid” inlays, a standard 24.75” scale length, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a standard 1-11/16 nut. The truss rod cover has the now familiar Les Paul “bell-shape” with “Bonamassa” engraved in capitol letters and the trademark “Les Paul” signature in gold on the headstock.

Gibson USA Burstbucker Pickups
Joe Bonamassa has counted on Gibson Burstbucker humbuckers for all of his Epiphone signature models as well as his rare custom models. Nothing else comes closer to the sound of late '50s hand-wound “PAF”-style humbuckers than Gibson USA Burstbuckers. Joe’s new “2015” Epiphone Les Paul features a Burstbucker-2 in the neck position a slighter hotter-wound Burstbucker-3 in the bridge position.

There’s no better match-up than a Les Paul with humbuckers and just like the originals, each Gibson USA Burstbucker humbucker has its own individual “voice” enabling players to develop their own person tone and style. The original humbucker was first invented and perfected at the Gibson/Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Burstbuckers feature unpolished magnets and non-potted coils like the first generation of humbuckers. The myriad of variations in the output and tone of original “Patent Applied For” pickups came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, recalled that original “Patent Applied For” pickups were wound "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. Controls for the new Ltd. Ed. Epiphone "2015" Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard w/Bigsby Outfit feature the now-classic set of mismatched Gold “Top Hat” knobs for the bridge and neck pickup controls, just like Joe’s favorite ’59 Les Paul Standard.

Epiphone's patent-applied-for LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and the rock standard Bigsby vibrato along with premium Grover machine heads with a 18:1 tuning ratio, make set-up and intonation easy and rock solid. And of course, the Joe Bonamassa ‚Äú2015‚Äù Les Paul comes with Epiphone standard solid Nickel hardware, an Epiphone non-rotating º‚Äù output jack, and Epiphone StrapLocks. And to complete the look of Joe‚Äôs priceless vintage Les Pauls, Joe‚Äôs new ‚Äú2015‚Äù Epiphone Les Paul comes with a classic ‚ÄúLifton Styled‚Äù Hard Shell Case along with a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by Joe Bonamassa.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Maple Carved
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Rounded D profile; 1959 shape
Neck wood: Mahogany
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Trapezoid
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: BusrtBucker 2
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: BurstBucker 3
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Signature model
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

You don™t have to have a vintage Les Paul to sound like Joe.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition 2015 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit
 
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5.0

Great Guitar

By Bluesman

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2015 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit:

    This is a great looking, sounding, and playing guitar. I own 30 plus guitars and this one is special.

     
    2.0

    Too heavy

    By Macmas

    from austin ,tx

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2015 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit:

      If you don't have longer fingers the neck feels like baseball bat.
      Bigsby is too close to bridge (string angle is wrong), the guitar will have issues with tuning , maybe broke stings . Tested this guitar only unplugged and my opinion was that this is very difficult guitar to manage
      through the whole neck, also unplugged resonating was not so good .

       
      5.0

      "More" Paul

      By Valley Viking

      from B.C. Canada

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      Pros

      • even the case is exceptional
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • great combo of features on this LTD ED
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • great addition to collection - # 24
        • Jamming
        • My 4th Les Paul

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2015 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard with Bigsby Outfit:

        unique combo of features to this guitar and of course the Joe B connection/endorsement

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