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Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar  

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Epiphone' second Les Paul collaboration with one of the most exciting guitarists on the planet.

Epiphone presents the Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit, Epiphone' second Les Paul collaboration with one of the most exciting guitarists on the planet, Tommy œSpaceman Thayer of KISS.

In 2014, Epiphone' Tommy Thayer Limited Edition œSpaceman Les Paul Standard Outfit was an instant success. Now for 2015, Tommy is back with another one-of-a-kind Les Paul design, the Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Standard Outfit featuring a beautiful custom finish and Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers especially chosen by Tommy himself along with a custom hard case.

"My new "White Lightning" signature model is the pinnacle of looks, style and flash, says Tommy. œI'm proud to put my name on a serious guitar that can be enjoyed at home or rock the biggest stages in the world."

There has never been an American rock and roll band like KISS, recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the greatest trailblazing rock bands of all time. And Tommy œSpaceman Thayer' life story is the classic tale of a musician who knew from childhood that his future was on stage, playing a Les Paul.

Thayer has been part of the KISS family since 1985 as a songwriter and guitarist, working behind-the-scenes at rehearsals and on studio demos. Finally, in 2002, Tommy became a full-fledged member, joining KISS on stage as the iconic œSpaceman and giving the rock legends an explosive new sound and attitude. Now with the new Ltd. Ed Tommy Thayer 2015 Signature Les Paul Standard Outfit, Tommy is ready to rock with a new sound and a killer new Les Paul.

The Dream of Les Paul
Just as Tommy Thayer always dreamed of playing a Les Paul on stage, so did the guitar' inventor, Mr. Les Paul, dream of making a guitar that could œsustain for days. Les, or the Wizard of Waukesha as friends called him, set out to revolutionize the world of guitar in the early 1940s. And the factory where Les chose to design his ground breaking guitar?

Epiphone! Working late at night at the Epiphone factory on 14th Street in New York City with the support of long time friend and Epiphone founder, Epi Stathopoulo, Les' early solid body guitar experiments eventually led to the iconic Les Paul Standard we know today. Over 50 years since it first appeared, the Les Paul Standard remains one of the most sought-after guitars in the world. And now, Epiphone once again has collaborated with one of modern rock' greatest lead guitarists, Tommy Thayer, to make the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Standard Outfit.

Modern Look, Classic Sound
The Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Standard Outfit features a solid mahogany body and a plain maple veneer top finished in beautiful Metallic White with a chrome colored pickguard, all chosen by Tommy. The body also has 7-ply (pure white and black) binding on the top and single-ply pure white binding on the fingerboard.

Tommy' new Les Paul has a mahogany body that delivers the classic tone and sustain that all true Les Pauls are known for. The 1960s SlimTaper œD profile mahogany neck has a deep-set, glued-in neck joint, a 24.75 scale length, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a 1.68" nut. The headstock has "Tommy Thayer engraved on a chrome/metal truss rod cover.

Like all Epiphone Les Paul Standards, the Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul features a 14-degree headstock that gives you more pressure at the nut (in matching white!) for more sustain with less tuning hang-ups caused by œstring-tree gadgets. The rosewood fingerboard has a 12 radius and pearloid trapezoid inlays. And the hand-set neck delivers outstanding string-to-body resonance while the medium-jumbo frets add to the smooth and sustained tone.

Seymour Duncan Humbuckers
Seymour Duncan is world renown as one of the foremost experts in electric pickups. And for his "White Lightning" Les Paul, Tommy choose two outstanding Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers. Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers are the original archetype hot-rod humbucker and one of Duncan' earliest and most revered designs. For over 30 years, Les Paul fans have loved JB Humbuckers, which are great for everything from heavy blues to heavy metal.

The neck pickup features a covered JB humbucker with chrome mounting rings while the bridge pickup features an open-coil JB Humbucker with white bobbins. Controls are standard Les Paul style volume and tone potentiometers with white "Top Hats" with metal pointers.

Legendary Epiphone Hardware
The Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Standard Outfit features Epiphone' legendary rock solid nickel hardware including a locking Tune-o-matic fully adjustable bridge and a StopBar tailpiece, still a classic after 50 years. And now, Epiphone' updated, patent pending design auto-locks the bridge and tailpiece in place with no tools needed for the kind of sustain that Mr. Les Paul always imagined possible. The Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit uses 1 diameter potentiometers for better œthrow, longer life, and reliable service. Epiphone' all-metal 3-way toggle switch uses rugged spring-steel contacts to ensure years of reliable service and performance and Epiphone' proprietary output jack features an improved contact shape and heavy-duty spring steel to increase reliability. Tommy' new "White Lightning" signature model comes pro Grover Rotomatics machine heads with a superb 18:1 tuning ratio. And last but not least, the 2015 has its own matching custom hard case in a Pure White finish.

Custom Hard Case and Certificate of Authenticity
This special guitar comes with an œInspired by Custom Studded Leather Strap just like Tommy' original, a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity, a binder with certificate and official photograph, and Epiphone' customary accessories including a user' manual, Epiphone poster, Epiphone bumper sticker, and truss rod wrench.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Maple
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
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: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: JB humbucking
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: JB humbucking
Brand: Seymour Duncan
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: Strap, tools, certificate of authenticity
Country of origin: China

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone knocks it out of the park!

I waited months for this guitar and it was worth the wait! Great guitar! The perfect companion to my Spaceman. Needed a set up but I am a believer in having all guitars...Read complete review

I waited months for this guitar and it was worth the wait! Great guitar! The perfect companion to my Spaceman. Needed a set up but I am a believer in having all guitars set up. These things are shipped around in all kinds of temperatures, so it is only natural that things will settle and shift some. This guitar looks really cool but it sounds even better! The Duncan's sound great and it is a bit of a different sound than the Spaceman (which has 498T's in it). It came with all of the cool extras. I also own the previously mentioned Epiphone Tommy Thayer Spaceman, the PB Joe Bonamassa, and the Rosso Corsa Slash and this guitar stands with any of those!

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Great Guitar, very heavy

Great Guitar, looks great with the chrome pick guard and white metallic finish. Action is great and plays well. Only one problem this thing weighs a ton, tried strapping this on for more...Read complete review

Great Guitar, looks great with the chrome pick guard and white metallic finish. Action is great and plays well. Only one problem this thing weighs a ton, tried strapping this on for more than 1 set and I had to change guitars. I wanted a hot looking white guitar for the 50's show tunes. I ended up exchanging it for a white PRS SE Santana model which weighs a lot less.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone knocks it out of the park!

By Big P

from McDonough GA

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

    I waited months for this guitar and it was worth the wait! Great guitar! The perfect companion to my Spaceman. Needed a set up but I am a believer in having all guitars set up. These things are shipped around in all kinds of temperatures, so it is only natural that things will settle and shift some. This guitar looks really cool but it sounds even better! The Duncan's sound great and it is a bit of a different sound than the Spaceman (which has 498T's in it). It came with all of the cool extras. I also own the previously mentioned Epiphone Tommy Thayer Spaceman, the PB Joe Bonamassa, and the Rosso Corsa Slash and this guitar stands with any of those!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar!!

    By GUITARDUDE

    from MIDLAND, TX

    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 Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

      I got this today trying not to get my hopes up, but I took it out of the box and I was blown away by it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Almost too pretty to play !

      By David A.

      from DFW

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

        I am totally satisfied with this guitar and the whole deal- the matching case, strap, etc. word of caution: the glitter effect in the white finish is way more prominent in person than what all of the pictures show. This finish covers the entire guitar, even the back of the neck. The Seymour Duncan bridge pickup has a really nice "crunch" to it, gives it a much better sound than my epiphone LP standard. It was already set up and ready to go right out of the box. Great value for the price !

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WoW!!!

        By Whytlash

        from Northwest Washington

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Reviewer

        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 Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

          I've had this guitar for a couple weeks now and...WoW!!!

          This is a great guitar! Set up just fine out of the box, all the frets are well done, and the finish is fantastic. You have to see the metallic white finish in person to really appreciate it. It's absolutely gorgeous! The neck feels really good,and this guy plays fast. As fast as I can play it anyway! The sound is awesome. The JB humbuckers are pretty hot, but not too hot. The chrome accessories, truss rod cover, round switch plate, and pick guard, really make it shine. Epiphone has done an amazing job with this guitar. Even the case is hot! I have a couple other Epi Les Pauls with the black tolex Epi cases, but the white tolex looks really hot. This is just one great looking package!

          The only con, and I'm not even considering it a con, is that it came with a defective three-way switch. It will not hold the up or down positions, it's stuck in the middle position. Which is okay for now as that's what I normally play anyway. I just got a couple new three-way switches and I'll install one soon and be good to go. We all know things happen, but I'm surprised that it came that way. Just a minor inconvenience.

          All in all, this is a great package for seven bills. Am I satisfied? Oh yeah, WAY satisfied!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ANOTHER GREAT GUITAR BY EPIPHONE

          By Indianmike31

          from mastic beach, N.Y.

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

              Just received the {White Lighting} Les Paul yesterday thanks to Tommy Thayer and Epiphone for another great guitar the internet does no justice for the metallic finish it is stunning this is my third Les Paul from Epiphone they make a fine product and thanks to Musicians Friend for the great service

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              White Lightning Gorgeous

              By zakattack

              from lockport, ill.

              About Me Novice

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                After receiving the first with a broken pickup selector switch, sending it back and waiting more than 2 weeks to receive the new one I am pleased to say I was very happy with the Tommy Thayer White Lightning. Just Gorgeous. Pictures don't show the details of this guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is one really fine ax!

                By n/a

                from Maine

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                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 Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                  In 53 years of playing guitar professionally and owning upwards of 35 to 40 guitars in that timeframe, including some very expensive ones, I consider this to be one of the best all around axe's I have ever owned or played. I can do anything and everything I have ever done on a guitar with this Tommy Thayer White Lightning and the most astounding thing is the price I paid for it. Absolutely incredible. If they are only making a 1000 of these as stated, don't wait to scarf yours up! It comes all set up fantastic, and you don't have to fiddle with it. Take it out of the case, tune it and start crankin' the sounds!

                   
                  3.0

                  Great Guitar, very heavy

                  By JAMES

                  from undisclosed

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                  Great Guitar, looks great with the chrome pick guard and white metallic finish. Action is great and plays well. Only one problem this thing weighs a ton, tried strapping this on for more than 1 set and I had to change guitars. I wanted a hot looking white guitar for the 50's show tunes. I ended up exchanging it for a white PRS SE Santana model which weighs a lot less.

                   
                  5.0

                  Gorgeous Guitar at a Great Value!

                  By Fuzzys

                  from Sweet Home Alabama

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                    This is a Stunning Guitar! Much more sparkle/metalflake than shown in Stock Pics. Neck is Small. I don't have huge hands and mine can wrap around the neck so easily. Plays and sound Great. I play Classic Rock (think Skynyrd) and this thing hits all the notes! Mine was almost perfectly set-up right out of the Box! If you have a chance to get one Buy it while you still can! As an aside-the White Case is really eye-appealing and adds a lot to the Combo.

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet guitar

                    By Mr. Gibson

                    from Nodak

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                      Great instrument for playing classic rock and wonderful clean tones

                       
                      5.0

                      What a lovely guitar

                      By Mr. Gibson

                      from Nodak

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                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                        Buy it you'll like it

                         
                        4.0

                        Excellent quality and value to price!

                        By Capn Sprinkles

                        from Columbus OH

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                          - Tommy Thayer signature Epi Les Paul "White Lightening" This guitars fit and finish is excellent, stock setup was clean and very playable, Grover tuners are smooth and precise. Seymore Duncans still rock! I have played a lot of guitars in my life, and this one holds its own among some of the best...absolutely cannot overstate the quality of this instrument vs it's price range!

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome Guitar

                          By Texas T

                          from Texas

                          About Me Experienced

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                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comes with Epiphone matching hard case.
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Solid Electronics

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                            White Lightning
                            I got this guitar a week ago it is awesome. I have been playing guitar for more than 20 years. I am a big fan of Epiphone guitars. I have 3 Epiphone SGs but this is my first Les Paul and my first guitar with Seymour Duncan JB pickups. The JB pickups sound great on my Marshall mini stack. The finish on the guitar looks amazing the neck is slim and very comfritable. The set up on the guitar right out of the case was great. The custom white Epiphone hard case that comes with the guitar is great quality and looks good. It also comes with a custom strap and a hand signed C.O.A. Epiphone is only making 1000 of this limited edition White Lightning Tommy Thayer Les Paul guitars so get one while you can..

                             
                            5.0

                            super great guitar better than pictures could ever make it

                            By larry

                            from south carolina

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                                you cant go wrong with this guitar its beautiful and plays great right out of the case, only con is the terrible epi strings but ill put ghs boomer 9s on it and it will be good to go with a slight neck adjustment after. buy one while you can. ive played les pauls for years this is number 5 and first epi but the quality is superlative on this guitar. not one blemish on it.

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Epiphone Tommy Thayer

                                By Mikel

                                from Dallas. NC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                                  I have played semi pro about 30 years ago. Recently I started playing again. This guitar is a nice addition
                                  to my line up.

                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great guitar

                                  By Guitar God

                                  from Rockvile maryland

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                                    Love This Guitar

                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Was great once i finally got the first one replaced

                                    By highwaymen

                                    from Circleville ohio

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    See all my reviews

                                    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 Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar:

                                      guitar look great play great sound great

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