From Epiphone comes the Joe Bonamassa Les Paul featuring genuine Gibson burstbucker (tm) pick-ups and built to the exact specifications of the American bluesman himself. Modeled after the classic Les Pauls of the late '50s, the Bonamassa is loaded with enough custom improvements to send your solos to the next level with extreme playability and an tight, snarling tone. With a price as attractive as its goldtop finish, the Epiphone Bonamassa Les Paul is outstanding guitar for blues-rockers looking for a higher level Les Paul without the matching price-tag.
Not Your Everyday Epiphone
Since the first run of the Epiphone Bonamassa Les Paul, buyers have been floored by the astounding tone and flawless quality of each instrument (in some cases even preferring it to the Gibson Bonamassa model). The burstbucker (tm) pickups add tremendous flavor and quality distinguishing this guitar from other models in this price range. The '5- styled burstbucker-2 occupies the neck position while the hotter, slightly over-wound burstbucker-3 sits at the bridge. Combined you have a classic bluesy flavor with the requisite bite you need to achieve the same tone that's elevate Joe's playing to an untouched level. Throw in some genuine Grover Tuners, a LockTone tune-o-matic bridge, and the 50's rounded profile neck, and you got yourself a blues-rock machine ready to take your playing to new heights with all the flair and character that's defined Bonamassa's music through the years.
-Genuine Gibson Burstbucker (tm) pickups for that Bonamassa biting tone
-Quality hardware with genuine Grover Tuners and a LockTone tune-o-matic bridge
-Included straplocks to keep your ax steady admist even the most tremendous solos
-Mahogany neck with traditional 1959 profile
-Black pickup mounting rings, a black pickguard, black toggle washer, and black cavity control covers stylishly offsetting the warm Goldtop finish
For Bonamassa fans, this guitar is a no-brainer. For those unfamiliar with the blue-rocker's work, the vintage flavor and enhanced components of this Les Paul still make it a fantastic buy. Well known for the extreme care and craft he puts towards his tone, this is a Les Paul worthy of Joe Bonamassa himself.
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Musicians that redefine an art form are few and far between. Yet in the span of a few years, guitarist Joe Bonamassa has singlehandedly transformed blues rock with his own unique fusion of both old and new ideas. His distinct interpretation of the blues and his extraordinary guitar skills have earned him a fitting a tribute from Epiphone - the new Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop Outfit. Designed in close cooperation with Joe himself, this new signature model captures the essence of Bonamassa's Goldtop by blending several vintage features from the legendary Les Pauls of the 1950s including a traditional 1959 neck profile and Gibson Burstbucker pickups with a few modern appointments. Limited to 1,000 guitars worldwide, the new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop sets a new standard for affordable performance.
- 1950's rounded neck profile mahogany neck with long neck tenon for added strenth and sustain
- Mahogany body married to a hard Maple cap for that unique combination of warmth and bite
- Gibson Burstbucker 2 pickup in the neck and the hotter Burstbucker 3 in the bridge for added bite
- Black pickup mounting rings, a black pickguard, black toggle washer and black cavity control covers
- Limited run of only 1,000 guitars will be made
Traditional '59 Les Paul Construction!
There's little argument that the 1959 Les Paul is the "holy grail" of electric guitars and like the '59, the new Bonamassa Goldtop shares many of the same coveted features. It starts with a solid Mahogany body married to a hard Maple cap for that unique combination of warmth and bite. Add to that, a traditional Mahogany neck that is hand-fitted and glued "deep" into the body using premium TiteBond glue. Extending well into the neck pickup cavity, the long-neck tenon provides additional strength and stability to the neck and offers more wood-to-wood contact between the neck and body. This ultimately results in sweeter tone and longer sustain. Also true to it's heritage, the neck features an authentic, 1950's rounded neck profile. Often referred to as "the baseball bat", this neck feels beefy yet comfortable in your hands while adding warmth and sustain with it's greater mass.
Ultimate Vintage Blues Tone!
The classic tone of this new model comes courtesy of Gibson's famed Burstbucker pickups. BurstBuckers replicate the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups - the pickups that gave the '59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. Like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, variations in pickup output and tone also 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, always said they wound the bobbins "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. That's the sound BurstBuckers replicate. The neck pickup is a Burstbucker-2 and is wound in the range of Gibson's '57 Classic. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-3 and is slightly over-wound with a hotter output that works well in combination with the BB-2 in the neck.
Classic Styling and Attention to Detail!
While most Goldtops feature cream plastic parts and a brown back, the new Bonamassa departs from that tradition with black pickup mounting rings, a black pickguard, black toggle washer and black cavity control covers. The back, sides and neck of the guitar are also black creating a unique and striking Black/Gold combination. Other details include a mis-matched set of bridge/neck pickup knobs (just like Joe's), Epiphone's patent-applied-for LockTone Tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece, vintage nickel hardware and premium 14:1 ratio Grover tuners, Epiphone StrapLocks and a 12-inch radius Rosewood fingerboard with 22 nickel/silver alloy medium-jumbo frets. "Bonamassa" is tastefully printed on the bell-shaped trussrod cover in white and the back of the headstock features Epiphone's "Limited Edition" logo in gold.
And That's Not All!
Each new Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop Outfit comes with a replica Lifton-style hardshell case. Combined with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by 24/7/365 Customer Service, it's a one-of-a-kind package that is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary musician.
Only 1,000 will be made - get yours while you still can.