Introducing the Gibson 2016 Limited Run Les Paul Joe Bonamassa edition electric guitar. Joe Bonamassa’s lustrous musical career began when he was just 12 years old when he famously opened the show for B.B. King himself in 1989. Since then, he has become one of the world’s finest, living guitar players that we have ever seen or heard. Joe Bonamassa is not just an avid guitarist, but he also collects guitars too, and he has owned many Gibsons over the years. New for 2016, the Limited Run Les Paul includes many of Joe’s favourite attributes and incorporates them with some classic features of the Les Paul models released in the 60s.
MAPLE AND MAHOGANY
Although this is a limited run model designed alongside Joe Bonamassa himself, it was still crucial to carefully select the best tonewoods to deliver a classic Les Paul sound. The body top is constructed using two pieces of AAA grade maple and given an exclusive Tomato Soup Burst finish with cream binding.
Attached to the two-piece body top is a mahogany body that partners beautifully with the maple to generate a well-rounded, versatile tonal range with plenty of volume. Gibson have opted to use 9 hole weight relief in the design of the Les Paul Joe Bonamassa which is a traditional method used in the construction of a Les Paul. This involves boring nine holes in the lower end of the mahogany body on the bass side before securing the maple top. By adding weight relief it feels lighter against the body of the guitarist but still feels as solid as a non-weight-relieved guitar.
SLIMTAPER MAHOGANY NECK
A SlimTaper mahogany neck is firmly joined to the body by a traditional Mortis and Tenon joint at a 5 degree angle. Its SlimTaper profile stimulates a faster playing technique while also feeling ultimately comfortable to play as you glide up and down the smooth mahogany neck.
Aboard the neck is a 22-fret dark rosewood fingerboard festooned with acrylic trapezoid inlays and vintage cream binding. Joe Bonamassa also requested that a nylon nut was used just like the Les Paul models of the 1960s to recreate that full-bodied, resonant tone but also to ensure that it is hard-wearing and can withstand years and years of playing.
JOE BONAMASSA SIGNATURE HUMBUCKERS
The 2016 Les Paul Joe Bonamassa model is aptly fitted with Seymour Duncan 52-Nc and 53-Nc humbucking pickups. Joe Bonamassa believes that Seymour Duncan pickups are the flagship for this 2016 Les Paul limited run model for various reasons. Bonamassa has been surrounded by guitars his whole life as his father collected and played them too, so as Joe was growing up he too developed an interest in them.
It was Joe’s personal choice to appoint the 52-Nc and 53-Nc Seymour Duncan pickups in this limited edition because of their capacity to produce a perfect balance of overdrive and clarity in the overall output and sound. Their nickel hardware also refers back to the pickups seen previously on Les Paul guitars during the 60s. To shift between pickups there is a three-way toggle switch to enable you to find a suitable tone.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
At the lower bout of the body on the treble side are four control knobs; lead volume and lead tone, and rhythm volume and rhythm tone. To set these apart and give them a unique appearance as per Joe’s preferences, the bridge pickup controls have gold top hats with aluminium inserts while the neck pickup controls have amber top hats. This limited run electric guitar is also fitted with a non-wire ABR bridge with a traditional stop bar tailpiece.
Fitted to the headstock are vintage style keystone tuners with press in bushing just like the ones seen on models in the 60s, and they work efficiently to an accurate 14:1 ratio.
Gibson have included a traditional black hard shell case with this model to keep it protected against dirt and scratches wherever you take it so it can retain its stunning character over the years.
The Gibson 2016 Limited Run Les Paul Joe Bonamassa electric guitar in a striking, unique Tomato Soup Burst finish is absolutely loaded with personalised, premium features that make it a fantastic limited edition well worth adding to your collection.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 Limited Run Les Paul Joe Bonamassa Top Material Maple Back & Side Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickups Seymour Duncan 52-Nc and 53-Nc Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Included Accessories Hard shell case, Gibson USA owner's manual Tuners Vintage Style Keystone Inlays Trapezoid Neck Profile Slimtaper No. of Frets 22 Bridge Non-wire ABR and traditional stoptail Controls 2x Volume, 2x Tone, Pickup Switch Pickup Switching 3 way
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