New From NAMM: Gibson has come out full-force in 2020, featuring Slash signature models, revamped old favorites, and an incredible expansion of the Epiphone brand with their “Inspired by Gibson” Collection. You won’t want to miss this.
Slash Les Paul Standard
New for NAMM 2020, Gibson and the legendary Guns ‘N Roses guitarist have joined forces to bring us the Slash Les Paul Standard. Each Slash Les Paul Standard showcases AAA flamed maple on top of a solid mahogany body. It’s built with a number of Slash’s signature specifications, including a “C” shape mahogany neck and color coordinated hardware. This guitar comes outfitted with screaming Gibson “Slashbucker” pickups, hand-wired with orange drop capacitors, to get the sound and power that Slash is known for. The Slash LP Standard is also decked out with Slash’s “Scully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock and his signature on the truss rod cover. In the vintage style brown hardshell case you’ll also get a blank truss rod cover and Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex picks.
Slash is clearly not a one-dimensional player. So when he picks up an acoustic, he’s just as impressive. This J-45 reflects all he loves when he goes “unplugged.” The Slash J-45 Standard features a custom Slash rounded “C” neck profile, a flattened 16″ radius fingerboard, plus a proud and loud LR Baggs VTC pickups for getting up on stage and assuring the world is listening. Exclusive to the Slash’s are a “Scully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover with a blank truss rod cover in the case, and four Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex picks. It’s available in two captivating finishes.
Les Paul Special Tribute Humbucker
A new take on a classic design, the Les Paul Special Tribute Humbucker takes the logical next step with this model. The Les Paul Special has always been known for its stripped down build and style, as well as its P-90 pickups—but this guitar turns the tables on that. This guitar is centered on 490R and 490T open-coil humbucking pickups, set in the satin-finished body. It has a rounded profile maple neck and true rosewood fingerboard, for lovely aesthetics and truthful tone. Vintage deluxe white button tuners and a compensated wrap around bridge keep this model simplistic, yet classy.
Les Paul Special Tribute P-90
A bit more familiar, this Special model comes with great Gibson upgrades nonetheless. The airy, natural tone you love from P-90s is as compelling as ever. The dual P-90s look very much at home in the delightful, satin-finished, mahogany single-cut body. The rosewood fretboard adds to the classic look, and has the class decoration of dot acrylic inlays, between medium jumbo frets. A compensated wraparound bridge and Vintage Deluxe tuners with white buttons complete this LP Special Tribute P-90.
One of the most uniquely shaped and iconic guitars Gibson has ever offered, the Explorer looks as rock as it sounds. The large mahogany body is decked out with the recognizable Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge with Stop Bar tailpiece, black speed knobs, and jagged pickguard. It’s got a bound rosewood fingerboard atop a mahogany neck with Slim Taper profile— classic Gibson specs which affords it supreme playability. Featuring a pair of ‘70s tribute Burstbuckers, hand wired with orange drop capacitors, this Explorer begs to be played loud.
70s Flying V
It soared high in the 70s and now it’s ready to take flight again. With its recognizable shape the V exudes an attitude that is so far unmatched. The bound rosewood fretboard, slim taper mahogany neck, and high fret access assure that the shredders amongst us can do all the desire to do with the Flying V. Best of all, the tones will never let you down, thanks to a pair of uncovered ‘70s tribute Burstbuckers, hand-wired with Orange Drop capacitors.
Les Paul Modern
Epiphone’s Inspired by Gibson Collection is nothing short of impressive, offering premium rock axes at a price most players can afford. The Les Paul Modern enjoys the Les Paul tradition of a singlecut mahogany body with maple cap, but with modern weight relief, for increased comfort and playability. It also boasts coil-splitting, phase switching, and a treble bleed circuit, increasing the sonic versatility of the ProBucker pickup. The Modern also comes complete with Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners with Tulip Buttons and an 18:1 ratio, a Graph Tech nut, and an Ebony fingerboard and is available in alluring Vintage Sparkling Burgundy, Graphite Black, and Faded Pelham Blue finishes.
Les Paul Junior
Part of Epiphone’s new Inspired by Gibson Collection, this Les Paul Junior model faithfully conveys the stripped down, straight-forward vibe of the Junior. It features a mahogany body in Vintage Tobacco Sunburst satin finish, a Lightning Bar wraparound bridge, and Epiphone Deluxe tuners. For the classic Junior tone, a single dogear P-90 pickup, with sharp CTS electronics.
Les Paul Special
If you like the Junior, but also seek the sonic beauty of a neck pickup, the Special is your guitar. Another in the cool, new Inspired by Gibson Collection, the Epiphone Les Paul Special comes in the classic TV Yellow finish. The neck is a Vintage 50s profile, topped with an Indian Laurel fingerboard. Adorning the headstock are some very nice vintage-style Deluxe Tuners with Ivory Buttons. The soapbar P-90 pickups are wired hot with CTS electronics, designed to recreate the sound of the rare single cutaway 1950s era Gibson Les Paul Special.
A very fun offering from the new Inspired by Gibson Collection, this sleek SG model comes stocked with the features you expect from a Special—satin finished mahogany body and dual P-90 pickups in the heart. It comes in either Sparkling Burgundy or Faded Pelham Blue. The glued-in neck has a 60s SlimTaper profile and is topped with an Indian Laurel fretboard. Together this affords a smooth, fast playing experience, with delightful sustain. More of impressive appointments include a Lightning Bolt Wraparound bridge, Epiphone Deluxe tuners with Ivory buttons, and black Top Hat knobs with nickel inserts.
Les Paul Standard 50s
The Inspired by Gibson Collection is going back to the decade that started it all with this Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Featuring a mahogany body with maple cap and set mahogany long tenon neck, you’ll have the authentic sound and feel of a 50s era Gibson Les Paul. This model comes stocked with ProBucler humbuckers, which faithfully convey the original rock sound of the Les Paul. Available in three bold, bright finishes, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard 50s will not disappoint.
Les Paul Standard 60s
The 50s birthed it, but the 60s made it what it is. And now, Epiphone is taking you back to the day and age where “Les Paul” morphed from one talented player’s name, to an iconic rock instrument. The mahogany/maple combination remains steadfast from the 50s, but the finishes expanded to reflect a changing of the guard, and include Ebony, Bourbon Burst, and Iced Tea. The dual ProBuckers, wired with CTS electronics, can keep it squeaky clean, or take on any gain channel and spit out pure rock vibes. Top it off with Grover tuners and a LockTone ABR Tune-O-Matic bridge, and you’re really getting some bang for your buck with this Epiphone.
For whatever reason, some Epiphone models have stood out over time. The SG is one of them. As a part of the Inspired by Gibson Collection, this Epiphone SG Standard takes the best of Gibson and brings it to all players, at an affordable price. This SG Standard gives you the ability to recreate classic sounds attained with the use of an SG, such as that of powerhouses like AC/DC and Black Sabbath. This all-mahogany guitar features the historic SG profile with “batwing” pickguard, coupled with a set mahogany 60s SlimTaper neck. It’s also got Grover Rotomatic machine heads with an 18:1 ratio, black top hat knobs, and a LockTone ABR bridge with Stop Bar tailpiece. If you’re thinking of picking up this bad boy, you’re clearly ready to rock.
SG Standard 61 Maestro Vibrola
The original SG from 1961 is the guitar that began this model’s rock empire. Built with a nicely scarfed mahogany body, slim black teardrop pickguard, and trapezoid inlays, this guitar screams vintage. This special model features the Maestra Vibrola, an early trem bar design which affords steady, fun, vibrato. It also screams pure rock tone, thanks to ProBucker pickups, wired with CTS electronics. Four black top hats with metal inserts let you adjust the volume and tone of each pickup, with a three-way selector to choose your ideal sound. Take it back to the origin of the SG with the Epiphone SG Standard 61 Maestro Vibrola.