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A design like no other for performances with timeless flair.

The Johnny A. Signature model electric guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop combines innovative design with vintage Gibson appointments to create a modern classic.

The revolutionary body is completely hollow with an arched and contoured outer surface and a flat inner back, resulting in a guitar that resonates more like a flattop than an archtop. The alluring face of this exquisite instrument is a beautifully figured solid AAA maple top. It rests atop an exclusive Gibson body style and size with back and rims carved from a single block of mahogany.

Johnny A. custom neck profile, and custom pearl fingerboard inlays combine with traditional Gibson features like multi-ply binding, gold hardware, and an Richlite fretboard to create an instrument that captures the magic of Gibson's past while eagerly anticipating the future. Includes case.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Figured
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck wood: Mahogany/maple spline
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25.50"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: ’57 Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: ’57 Classic
  • Brand: Gibson
  • 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: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B7
  • Tuning machines: Green key machines
  • Color: Gold
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Bigsby tailpiece Body and neck binding
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools

A fabulous blues and jazz machine ready to light ears and eyes ablaze. Order yours today.

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Gibson Custom2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

an incredible instrument!!

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from Florence Italy

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Perfect Sound
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatility

Cons

  • No Troubles With It

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Perfect For Any Situation
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

i bought this jewel in 2009 cause i totally become crazy for Johnny A. albums and sound. This guitar is not only beautiful in the look but also perfect like sound extremely versatile perfect for jazz,blues,country,rock, and fusion. Like sounds is similar to 4 guitars jazzy like 355, bluesy like les Paul, rock like a Gibson Sg and country and twangy like a Telecaster! unfortunately Johnny A. is not popular otherwise this guitar will become the most requiered guitar in the market

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar

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from Dallas/Fort Worth

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live performances
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

    I have several guitars and recently acquired a 2006 Johnny A. It is now my favorite guitar, with my 1979 ES-335 a close second. The quality is superb! Yes, the price is high, but considering the quality, uniqueness, and factoring in the supply and demand equation...well, it's still too expensive, but not enough for me to give it less than five stars.

    I am selling my Gibson Byrdland to cover the cost. The Johnny A is such a sweet, versatile guitar and very enjoyable to play! I like it...A LOT!!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just a Joy

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    from Yeppoon Queensland Australia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

        I really love the basic tone. (Mostly with Peavey)
        It's the clean and even basis of so many lovely sounds.
        Every effect I've added to it sounds great too.
        From clean to flange to full fuzz, metal etc, this guitar does it all, superbly.
        Definitely my favourite electric.
        So responsive.
        It challenges me to play better every time I pick it up.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        PERFECT PLAYABILITY

        By 

        from Honolulu, HI

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Great Blues Guitar
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

          The feel of the guitar is amazing. It is a versitile instrument. Blues, Rock, Jazz and Slide Guitar are all perfect for this amazing instrument. It is one of my choice guitars because the electronics are extremely hi tech. This instrument is the Cream of the crop.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would purchase another one

          By 

          from Bama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

          Just got my mine 2 days ago beautiful guitar,sounds and plays beautifully.
          The only thing I am going to have get it looked at ,because there is fret buzz on the low e ,a and d string at the 3rd 5th and 7th frets. Other than that you couldn't ask for a finer guitar.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic Guitar to Own and Play.

          By 

          from SE Coast, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

            I have owned this for over two years now and I still just say, WOW! While I own a Fender from their Custom Shop this was the first Custom Gibson I have ever owned. I did not expieriance the 'nut' problem many have stated having but I do have a close friend that purchased one of these and he did. He had it taken care of by guitar builder we both know. I rated mine at 5 stars but at this price if mine had nut problems I would have taken off a star. This just should not be the case with a guitar that is coming out of the Custom shop and in this price range. That is slack on Gibson's part and they should fix that. Back to the guitar. First thing you will notice when you open the case will be pictures just do not do the instrument justice. It is incredibly lite weight and compfortable to play, sitting or standing. Mine came with a perfect set up and intonation was right on from top to bottom of neck. Tone ranges from surprisingly warm to very bright and it really digs in with bite when required and wanted. Yes, I had to put a few more bucks in to this thing than I wanted to but in the end, it is worth every penny. If you get one, you are going to love it. I guess the real judge is, I don't have any buyers remorse and I would buy it again. *Other electric guitars I own. Two Strats, one custom shop and one USA, Les Paul, SG, and a Tele ( my beater guitar) that was made in Japan. Everybody needs a 'beater' for those places and Jams you are just not sure about the crowd. lol

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This guitar is now my #1 player

            By 

            from Memphis, Tennessee

            Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

            I've owned my Johnny A. for about 4 years now and I don't go to gigs without it. At first, I was hesitant to bring such a nice instrument to just any gig, but now I feel naked without it. I find I'm getting my own unique tone with mine and it sounds as good on slow melodic intrumentals as it does on raunchy rock tunes, or vice-versa. I take my Les Paul and maybe my Tele, but the JA definitely gets more stage time. The ebony fret board makes bends a lot easier and the Bigsby is always nice to have for a little expression now and then. Aside from that, this thing is absolutely gorgeous. It always seems to draw out any other guitar players that may be listening in the audience - they've usually never seen one or even heard of it for that matter.
            The pickups are the common '57 classics. I have 3 guitars with these same pickups and they all sound different, so the difference has to be in the body design. I have a LP classic, a CS356, and the Johnny A. The sustain on this guitar is amazing, especially considering it is a real hollow body (no center block). The design of the body makes it possible to play loud without unwanted feedback. By unwanted I mean there's no roaring, droning hum or ear piercing screeches and squeals; in other words, no unmelodic 'sounds'. However, it will feedback and hold a note forever if that's what want, and that's what I want in feedback. The positioning of the toggle switch allows for easy trasition between neck and bridge pickups. It took a little getting used to for me because of my Les Paul experience over the years, but now I find it effortless. Even with the Bigsby being used (properly, that is), it stays in tune pretty much throughout the entire gig with only minor adjustment needed between sets. The finish is very durable and the neck profile is now my favorite. This is truly a unique Gibson product, pretty avante-garde for a company that seems to stick with tradition.
            It is surprisingly light weight and estremely well balanced. The thick solid maple cap is very tough and the body, being basically one piece (carved out like a canoe on the back and sides - all one piece!) is very well thought out and tough. As with all REAL Gibson guitars, the nitro-cellulose lacquer finish requires a great deal of care, but I wouldn't have it any other way on a Gibson. I have other guitars with polyurethane finish coats, but when polished out this finish out shines them all. There was a great deal of finesse used in binding the double florentine body, and the inlays are immaculate with no glue showing around the edges. The finish was perfect to my sight and the shape of the body is a thing of beauty. Overall, the appointments are a work of art, beautifully and tastefully laid out. And the wood quality is top notch, absolutely the best.
            I give it a 10 on value because of what I know went into building this thing. Hollow body guitars take far longer to build than solid body guitars, especially when the tops are actually carved instead of pressed. Granted, they use C&C machines for the bulk of it, but there's a lot of hand sanding involved in finishing these things out prior to applying the finish coatings. Compared to the ES335, with a pressed laminated top and laminated sides and back, it seems that this guitar would actually be priced a little higher. No matter to me - I bought it used and paid way less than a new one anyway. Honestly, I couldn't justify buying one new. Of course, the same goes for an L5 (Heck, I couldn't even justify buying an L5 used, but I would love to have one!).

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unbelievable

            By 

            from Memphis, Tennessee

            Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

            I've had mine for 2 years now and am very pleased with it, Bigsby and all. At first, I noticed the 'twang' on my b and g strings when tuning, as others have mentioned. The man himself, Johnny A., told me to try some parafin wax on the nut. That helped some, but the biggest thing that helped was just playing it a lot, both at home and gigs. I never touched the nut, though I had the frets dressed. I just finished restringing it with 10s and after playing it for about 30 minutes, it stays in tune. I play a few Stray Cats covers, and now I do some Johnny A. covers as well. This thing is perfect for that type music - rock, blues, or country. I have used it several times on gigs without picking up my Les Paul. My next axe will be a CS336, but this guitar will remain my favorite no doubt.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sweet Ride

            By 

            from Twin Cities, MN

            Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

            Got my Johnny A with a stop tail at the Gibson retail store in Nashville. The guitar is really a quality instrument. It's an excellent compliment to my CS-336. Like the CS, the Johnny A's sides and back are carved from a solid piece of Mahogany; but unlike the 336 it's carved completely out in the middle like a hollow-body and Gibson puts a mahogany block in the center. It's not as warm as the 336, but remains crisp through the mids and highs, and can really growl. Added block or solid, the Mahogany makes the tonal properties A+++. The scale length gives the JA some really interesting characteristics, and the extra real estate has encouraged me to play just a bit outside my comfort zone - which is a great thing. It's another really quality instrument from the folks at Gibson, and while not yet my #1 (gonna be hard to top the CS-336!), it has a really interesting place in my arsenal. For the $$, I believe that Gibson ought to roll with Grovers instead of the tulip tuners, but the tulips look fine and function well.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            JA #571

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            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Gibson Custom 2015 Johnny A. Signature Electric Guitar with Bigsby Regular:

            Great Guitar, and I've had some of the best. Another poster had the same problem as me--nut too tight on G and D string, but an easy fix. Bloody fantastic guitar. Sounds like heaven through anything, especially my Two-Rock. Power when ya' want it, smooth, damn near plays itself. truly, a wonderful instrument.

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