Epiphonea leading innovator in designing affordable professional instruments presents the newEpiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”available worldwide. As the eighth signature guitar from the pre-eminent blues guitarist of his generation,Joe BonamassaandEpiphone’s Luthierscollaborated for two years atEpiphoneheadquarters inNashville, TNto create the guitar which was based off one of his most-prized guitars, a1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty.”TheEpiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”is officially available worldwide at all Authorized Gibson Dealers now. For more information, visit:www.epiphone.com.
Bonamassais the proud owner of a 1958 Gibson™ Les Paul™ Customin black – otherwise known as the“Black Beauty” – one of the rarest electric guitars made and one of the most coveted.
This limited-edition creation has a 50’s neck profile for an era-correct feel, LP Custom bound body and neck, non-weight relieved Mahogany body, unique vintage tuners, Orange Drop® capacitors, CTS® potentiometers, two Epiphone ProBucker™ 2 and one ProBucker™ 3 pickups, Switchcraft® output jack, and classic black hardshell case with gold hardware and yellow gold plush lining.
Joe BonamassaandEpiphoneare committed to producing affordable instruments for music lovers across the globe. “We based my new Epiphone signature on this 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom,” explainsJoe Bonamassa. “I made it a super playable instrument, throaty but clean, and the lead pick up just barks. I fell in love with it, it’s a great Black Beauty and you just play this thing into the ground. Epiphone did an excellent job re-creating this guitar and I’m excited to share it with everyone.”
WatchJoe Bonamassademo his newEpiphone Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”:
Watch as Joe Bonamassa take a deep dive into his guitars at his home in Nashville, TN on Gibson TV’s “THE COLLECTION,”
Above: theEpiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty.”
Download photos:HEREand the guitar spec sheet:HERE.
Two-timeGRAMMYnomineeJoe Bonamassahas become renowned as one of the most gifted guitarists of his generation.Joeis set to release anew solo studio albumRoyal Tea,outOctober 23viaJ&R Adventures.Inspired by his British heroesJeff Beck, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Led ZeppelinandCream,Royal Teawas written and recorded at the legendaryAbbey Road Studios.The ten original tracks were co-written byBonamassaanda cast of homegrown notables including formerWhitesnakeguitaristBernie Marsden,ex-CreamlyricistPete Brownand national-treasure piano manJools Holland.Bonamassa’slong-standing producerKevin Shirleyand regular touring band flew in for the recording sessions, which includedAnton Fig(drums),Michael Rhodes(bass) andReese Wynans(keys). Watch the new video for“Royal Tea”fromJoe BonamassaHERE;pre-order the albumHERE.
As a professional musician for over 30 years, Joe Bonamassa continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work. Bonamassa’s career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. Today, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation and is an ever-evolving singer-songwriter with over 40 albums to date including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and the adventurous side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, all under his own label, J&R Adventures. He founded and oversees the non-profitKeeping the Blues Alive Foundationto promote the heritage of blues music to the next generation, fund music scholarships, and conserve the art of music in schools. Currently,KTBA’sFueling Musicians Program is getting much needed funds into the hands of touring musicians out of work due to COVID-19 and has raised over $330,000 for them. Bonamassa has received two GRAMMY® nominations, and recently achieved his 23rd #1BillboardBlues Album (more than any other artist) with the release of his 20thAnniversary re-release of A NEW DAY NOW. Joe’s highly anticipated new studio album “ROYAL TEA” was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and will be releasedon October 23rd.Normally, Bonamassa tours around 200 days a year but due to the pandemic Joe has been focusing on other ways to get his music to the fans. He recently performed a livestream concert from The Ryman in Nashville and sold over 17,000 tickets his fans in over 44 countries. Always adapting, Joe also started a weekly at-home video podcast called “Live From Nerdville” where he interviews some of music industry’s greatest musicians and journalists.Jbonamassa.com
For over140 years, Epiphonehas been a leading innovator in instrument design with models like theCasino, theTexanandMasterbilt Century Archtop Collection.Epiphonebegan as the“House of Stathopoulo”family business inSpartain the 1870s and rose to fame during the jazz age in Manhattan before joiningGibsonbrands in 1957. Today,Epiphonecontinues to make history from its headquarters inNashville, TN.Epiphoneshave powered classic recordings byLes Paul,The Beatles, andThe Rolling Stonesalong with today’s top artists likePeter Frampton,Gary Clark Jr.,Tommy ThayerofKISS, andLzzy Hale.Epiphoneoffersinnovation, history,anda lifetime guarantee. AtEpiphone,we’re designers, players, mavericks and we’re passionate about everything we do. Check us out atEpiphone.comand follow us onTwitter,Facebook,YouTube,andInstagram.