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Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar  

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The Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul features a stunning metallic-finish carved maple cap with a mahogany back. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridg...Read More

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A Les Paul fit for a blues rock titan.

The Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul features a stunning metallic-finish carved maple cap with a mahogany back. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Grover 14:1 tuners have a nickel hardware coating. The glued, deep-set mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard features a rounded '59 neck profile for guitarists who prefer a chunkier neck, but still enjoy fast, smooth playing action. The BurstBucker 2 and 3 humbuckers have unbalanced pickup windings for the historically-accurate "Patent Applied For" sound with a little extra airy tone. The 'Bucker Type 3 is slighty overwound for more output.

A unique fusion of old and new ideas
Bonamassa played his first guitar at the age of four. By seven, he had stepped up to a full-scale model and had mastered many of Stevie Ray Vaughan's signature licks. At 10 he was playing regularly around the state of New York, garnering attention of blues legend B.B. King. Two years later, he was opening up for King, and eventually stars such as Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman, and George Thorogood. Bonamassa has lived up to his potential, continuing to develop his own style as one of contemporary music's most profoundly gifted guitar players.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved maple cap
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Glued, deep-set mahogany neck
  • Rounded D, 1959-style neck shape
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 12" radius
  • 22 frets
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Gibson BurstBucker 3 bridge pickup
  • Gibson BurstBucker 2
  • neck pickup
  • Volume, volume, tone, tone controls
  • Grover 14:1 tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
  • Polyurethane finish

Grab onto the axe built to withstand the rigors of blues-rock. Order today.

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Surprising Benchmark

    I started my guitar collection again last year after many years of not even owning one guitar in the house.

    The Bonamassa was one of the first I bought last year...Read complete review

    I started my guitar collection again last year after many years of not even owning one guitar in the house.

    The Bonamassa was one of the first I bought last year from MF as it was a signature guitar.

    First up the guitar felt great and the tone with the Gibson Pickups was gorgeous with a blues touch or a gritty crunch when overdriven.

    The fret work was impeccable and the larger neck for me was very very comfortable.

    I gave the guitar to a luthier who slammed the action right down to the deck with no buzz present at all which showed off the quality of the fret work and replaced the stop tail with a Gotoh because it seemed a logical improvement even though I had no issues at all with the factory stop.

    This guitar is a lifetime keeper now and is my benchmark for everything else I own or play.

    I have bought and passed through several guitars this year including a Gibson Classic Custom,Gibson SG Standard and a Epi Ace Ferhley Custom.

    The Epi Bona was still my go to guitar even with the above in the house and I think thats speaks volumes for how nice the Bona sounds and plays.

    Its stays in tune no worse or better than any high quality Gibson and the nut was cut well and just needed a touch of lube.

    The only other guitar that I play more than the Bona is a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard which after a touch of tweaking is just a killer guitar.

    If you are thinking its only a Epi and not a Gibson..well you will be surprised like I was of how it does sound,play and the quality rosewood neck and the really nice bit of fretwork.

    Equally better or as good as many Gibsons out there.

    ..it comes very highly recommended.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Musicians Friend The Customer is #1

    I got one with a poorly set and milled neck.
    No problem as customer service helped me with
    the return in quick time. I will say that the tone wood was...Read complete review

    I got one with a poorly set and milled neck.
    No problem as customer service helped me with
    the return in quick time. I will say that the tone wood was exceptional and the Burst Bucker pickups were tremendous. The Grovers were smooth and a really nice addition. A real value. Too bad for me I waited to buy until there were none left to replace it with so I am waiting for more stock.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epi Bonamassa Les Paul

    By GoffMan

    from Ridgway, CO

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    Although the guitar was listed as "gently used," it looked practically brand new when it arrived. It was packed well and arrived safely. It plays and sounds great!

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy this one instead of the Gibson

    By Swanny

    from Northern California

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Balance
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Gigs Practice Studio

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    Epiphone has gotten a bad rap throughout the years for being "The Red-headed Stepchild" of Gibson. nothing could be further from the truth. This Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul may not be as "hot" as the Gibson model, but not all of us have the available big cash for the Gibson version. This one plays with ease, great chunk sounds abound. A really nice addition to my collection which includes Fenders and Gretsches. Good work Epiphone!

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Surprising Benchmark

    By Gazza1

    from Australia

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    I started my guitar collection again last year after many years of not even owning one guitar in the house.

    The Bonamassa was one of the first I bought last year from MF as it was a signature guitar.

    First up the guitar felt great and the tone with the Gibson Pickups was gorgeous with a blues touch or a gritty crunch when overdriven.

    The fret work was impeccable and the larger neck for me was very very comfortable.

    I gave the guitar to a luthier who slammed the action right down to the deck with no buzz present at all which showed off the quality of the fret work and replaced the stop tail with a Gotoh because it seemed a logical improvement even though I had no issues at all with the factory stop.

    This guitar is a lifetime keeper now and is my benchmark for everything else I own or play.

    I have bought and passed through several guitars this year including a Gibson Classic Custom,Gibson SG Standard and a Epi Ace Ferhley Custom.

    The Epi Bona was still my go to guitar even with the above in the house and I think thats speaks volumes for how nice the Bona sounds and plays.

    Its stays in tune no worse or better than any high quality Gibson and the nut was cut well and just needed a touch of lube.

    The only other guitar that I play more than the Bona is a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard which after a touch of tweaking is just a killer guitar.

    If you are thinking its only a Epi and not a Gibson..well you will be surprised like I was of how it does sound,play and the quality rosewood neck and the really nice bit of fretwork.

    Equally better or as good as many Gibsons out there.

    ..it comes very highly recommended.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    versatile, many useful quality tones

    By B. Brazil

    from St. Louis Mo.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

      I had this guitar set up professionally because the intonation was way off. Now, it sounds and plays outstanding. It looks beautiful. The tone is big, fat, and warm. I couldn't be happier. I run this through a tube screamer and into a Marshall class 5 all tube combo.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      GREAT GUITAR......BUT

      By spiral

      from bristol, tn

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Frets Were Rough

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

      Love the guitar except for the frets.They were a little rough.Bending notes was not smooth.Had to sand and polish them.Plays great now.All in all a great deal on a great guitar.Love the fat neck..

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      What happened to 1000?

      By annellacaster

      from Hudson Valley, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Nicely made
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • 1000

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

      Don't get me wrong, I really like the guitar. But I was fooled into thinking that only 1000 would be sold! I figured that if I did'nt like it, I could always sell it and it would hold some value.Now I'm not so sure, and I wish I had bought an American made Studio instead for just a little more money. The studio is much lighter and this think is a LEAD weight. Oh well, I hope Joe B gets a nice bit of the cost, because he is great and deserves it.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Who Needs a Gibson When You Can Own This

      By Picks

      from Portland OR

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

        got it useed from MF best money I ever spent on a guitar. This guitar blows me away. I set it up the way I like and I wouldn't tradeit for the world. Thanks to Joe and Epiphone for making this available.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Musicians Friend The Customer is #1

        By Spacedog1955

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

            I got one with a poorly set and milled neck.
            No problem as customer service helped me with
            the return in quick time. I will say that the tone wood was exceptional and the Burst Bucker pickups were tremendous. The Grovers were smooth and a really nice addition. A real value. Too bad for me I waited to buy until there were none left to replace it with so I am waiting for more stock.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Sounding Guitar at a Reasonable Price

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

            I am not a professional player and I have never even been in a band. But I do have an excellent ear and this guitar sounds as great as it looks. I also own a custom PRS (my dumb brother sold it to me dirt cheap years ago) and this thing comes very close to matching the sound quality of that.

            Unlike others, I think the action of the guitar needs a bit of tweeking--at least in terms of lowering the strings (perhaps because my PRS is so damn low). However, in terms of the "feel" and the thick neck, I absolutely love it despite having smaller hands. I have played similar Gibson Les Pauls and this feels right.

            Given the great mix between sound, looks,and feel I am satisfied with my purchase and it is not going back. In fact, after 2 weeks of owing it, overall I like it better than my PRS.

            I would recommend getting a thicker guitar strap for this. I paired mine with a Levy 3 inch black leather strap (M4GF) and it makes a huge difference to compensate for the heavier weight and it provides great stability for the heavier guitar.

            Obviously this is not the "real" deal, and the quality is not equal to a Gibson. Given that, I rated it 4 stars (8/10) as perfection should be save for the best. However, in terms of price to perfomance it is five stars all the way.
            +Great Pick Ups
            +Awesome Finish
            +Nice Tuning Heads
            +Very Solid Construction
            +Nice Thick Lacquer +Authentic Felling Les Pau
            -Tuning Knobs are a Bit Cheap
            -Case is So-So
            +Incredible Sounding Les Paul for the Price

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!!

            By josh lucero

            from New mexico

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

            Its a buy. if you have a chance to buy one, buy it. it will be one of the best decisions you will make on buying a guitar.
            This guitar is awesome. It plays like a beast and has so much sustain especially with the gibson burstbucker 2 and 3 loaded in it.
            I love this guitar and when first recieved it i didnt think i even needed any adjustment or new strings, but will end up doing it anyways. The gold top glows and is nice.
            I just love it and this is the closest you will probably end up getting to a gibson les paul.

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