Modern blues legend and GRAMMY nominee Joe Bonamassa has donated his Epiphone Les Paul Custom to be auctioned for the Benefit for Tony.
This guitar is only one of two guitars made for Joe in this color. It features Gibson Burstbucker humbucker pickups, and a classic Bigsby B70 vibrato along with a Les Paul-classic “Lifton” style hard case. Bonamassa worked closely with Epiphone’s luthiers at the Epi headquarters in Nashville to create a new Les Paul Standard that incorporated his favorite features from his collection of priceless vintage Les Pauls from the late 50s, this time with a Bigsby B70 vibrato.
The guitar has a Mahogany body with the same classic “Les Paul” profile used on all Les Pauls since they were first produced at the Gibson/Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The top has a Carved Maple Cap. The traditional Mahogany neck has a rounded D-profile with a “1959” shape modeled after Joe’s favorite ’59 Les Paul Standard and is deep-set into the body and hand-glued.
Joe has signed the guitar next to the Bigsby bridge in black ink. Four of his used guitar picks are in the case.
Over the last decade, Joe Bonamassa’s original fusion of electric blues and rock has inspired a new generation of fans and musicians. Bonamassa is not only a superb and prolific artist but also a genuine music fanâ€”deeply committed to the story and heritage of the many players who have inspired his sound, from Rolling Fork, Mississippi to London.