Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard Limited Edition

Epiphone’s 1959 Les Paul Standard Limited Edition is modelled, as the name suggests, on the most famous Les Paul of them all — the 1959 Les Paul Standard. Original Gibson Les Paul Standard’s from 1959 change hands for hundreds of thousands of dollars because it’s regarded by many as being the peak of Gibson’s Les Paul output.

Fifty years later, and just weeks after the death of the man from whom it takes its name, only 1959 of these limited edition guitars are available to buy. The Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard Limited Edition features an authentic 1950s rounded neck profile. Nick-named ‘the baseball bat’ this neck, according to Epiphone ‘feels beefy yet comfortable in your hands while adding warmth and sustain with it’s greater mass.’

The solid mahogany neck is hand-fitted to the body with a deep-set long neck tenon which ‘extends well into the neck pickup cavity creating even more tone and sustain.’ The body itself is solid mahogany, with a carved hard maple cap and AAA grade flame maple veneer on top. One look at the pictures and you can see just what a stunning guitar this is.

The Gibson BurstBucker pick-ups have unpolished magnets and non-potted coils and are designed to recreate the sound of the Gibson humbucker pick-ups on the orginal ‘59 Les Paul. Those pick-ups had coils with a different number of turns which gave the sound more ‘bite.’

There’s a Switchcraft toggle switch, Mallory-150 tone capacitors with metal pointers, nickel hardware, and a blank trussrod cover. The serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock.

The Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Limited Edition comes with a replica brown Lifton-style case with pink interior and a certificate of authenticity. It’s available in two finishes; Faded Cherryburst and Faded Iced Tea.

Les Paul 1915 – 2009

By now you’ll have heard the very sad news that Les Paul has died, aged 94. There’s little I can add here to the glowing tributes that have already come from some of the biggest names in the business. Except to say this: stop for a moment and try and imagine how the last fifty years would have sounded without the guitar Les Paul designed and the multi-track recording he invented. Rock and Roll and the music it spawned would have been very different.

Here are some tributes:

Joe Satriani: ‘Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed.’

Slash: ‘Les Paul was a shining example of how full one’s life can be. He was so vibrant and full of positive energy. I’m honoured and humbled to have known and played with him over the years.’

Joan Jett: ‘He was a genius inventor, musical innovator and a wonderful person. Without the advances he pioneered, the recording sciences and the electric guitar would have been left years behind. I will miss him so much.’

Billy Gibbons: ‘Les Paul was an innovator, a groundbreaker, a risk taker, a mentor and a friend. Try to imagine what we’d be doing if he hadn’t come along and changed the world. There will always be more Les to come. That’s certified.’

Doctor who tried to save Jimi Hendrix says murder claim plausible – Times Online

“The doctor who attempted to revive Jimi Hendrix on the night that the guitarist died believes that it is ‘plausible’ that he was murdered.” says The Times today.

Commenting on claims in a book written by former Hendrix roadie, James ‘Tappy’ Wright, that Hendrix had been murdered on the orders of his manager, Mike Jeffrey, Dr John Bannister said that ‘medical evidence was consistent with claims in a book that Hendrix was killed on the orders of his manager.’

Mysteriouser and mysteriouser.

(Via The Times.)

Hendrix ‘was murdered by manager’

Chris and Danny both have posts on a claim made by James “Tappy” Wright, a former roadie for Jimi Hendrix, that Hendrix was murdered by his manager, Michael Jeffrey. According to Wright’s claims, made in a new book, Wright had an insurance policy on Hendrix’s life and killed him to cash in. Wright says Jeffrey confessed to him afterwards.

Three things strike me about this claim:

1. Wright has a book to sell and nothing sells books like a controversial claim about a well-known and much-loved figure, particularly when it involves a conspiracy theory about that person’s death.

2. Jeffrey is dead and therefore can’t defend himself or be libelled.

3. Hendrix’s death has, despite the official verdict that he choked on his own vomit after consuming alcohol and barbituates, long been shrouded in mystery.

Seems to me that if this were true, Wright would have mentioned it before now. He could have made a fortune by writing on it and appearing on TV shows to talk about it, yet he chose to wait nearly 40 years before telling anyone. It may be true, but I have my doubts.

If you’re interested in reading Wright’s book, you can find it on Amazon by clicking the book picture below.

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Epiphone Riviera P93 back on 8 May

The Epiphone Riviera P93, which was discontinued last year will be back in stores from 8 May.

If demand is anything like it was last year, however, it won’t be available for long, so better get those orders in now. The Riviera P93 has three ‘dog-ear’ single coil P-90 pick-ups and a Bigsby trem and tailpiece. The Bigsby, along with the polyurethane finish and gold hardware make this one good-looking guitar.

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The laminated maple body and top, glued-in mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and trapezoid inlays mean that the Riviera P93 sounds and plays wonderfully, too. The Tune-O-Matic bridge complements the Bigsby perfectly.

On the head there are Grover tuners and on the body, a 3-way pick-up selector and tone and volume controls for the neck and bridge pick-ups. The three P-90s give that extra crunch for rockabilly and blues, but the Riviera P93 is also very well-suited to jazz, and the Bigsby makes it perfect for country playing.

Reviews of last year’s Epiphone Riviera P93 were great. On Guitar Center, cguitarist929 said ‘This guitar is AMAZING for the price! My brother just got it yesterday and I never thought epiphone would make such a nice guitar. This guitar has a thick warm tone on clean, great for blues. But when distorted, it can play from classic rock to punk.’

And on the Musicians Friend, Sgtpeppere64 said ‘It’s got that woody tone that threatens to retire my Fender 72 deluxe, American Mahogany HSS,Variax 700 and Nashville Tele. I road tested it for days, on a Vox DA5 practice amp, and was mesmerized!! I don’t know how to describe the experience thru my Mesa Boogie!’

Shop for the Epiphone Riviera P93 on Amazon.

How to Play Slide Guitar in Standard Tuning

I love slide guitar, particularly blues slide. And some of my favourite players played slide, from Elmore James and Muddy Waters, to Duane Allman and Bonnie Raitt. I have to confess, though, I’ve never mastered bottleneck slide, and I’ve only ever tried it using open tunings. In this lessson, however, John Tuggles demonstrates How to play slide guitar in Standard Tuning.

As always, John makes it look easy. But I’m certainly inspired to give it another go.

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Video Guitar Lesson: Joe Bonamassa

Guitar Lifestyle picked up on Guitar Center’s posting of a number of videos from Joe Bonamassa’s recent instore guitar clinic.

In the clip below, Joe discusses his slide technique and how corny eighties movie Crossroads, and specifically the Ry Cooder soundtrack piqued his interest in slide guitar. Watch as Joe discusses his slide technique:

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top

Amazon ImageThe Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top is an Epiphone version of the Gibson Les Paul Standard. Originally made in Korea and now manufactured at Gibson’s Epiphone factory in Qingdao, China, it has two-piece flame maple (it’s the flame effect that differentiates the Plus Top from other LP Standard models) top. As you would expect from an Epi Les Paul, attention to detail is acute. Cream bindings, pickguard and pick-up surrounds? Check. Chrome pick-up covers? Check. Green tulip-head tuning pegs? Check.

Also present and correct are the ubiquitous humbuckers, chrome bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and trapezoid fretboard inlays. The set mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and mahogany body are all authentic Les Paul.

The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top is available in Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Trans Amber, Trans Blue, and Vintage Sunburst. And there’s a left-handed model.

In 2008, Epiphone released the Slash Les Paul Standard Plus Top, a special edition which had features specified by Slash himself, such as a long tenon neck and LockTone stopbar.

Reviewing the original Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top back in 2004, Maximum Guitar Magazine’s Nick Bowcott said “Ultimately, what we have here is a well-made, eye-catching instrument that plays like a dream, sounds as good as it looks and wont drain your bank account. If you’re looking for a Les Paul but don’t have the funds, this affordable Epiphone axe is highly recommended.”

If you’re interested in purchasing an one of these great guitars, you can find them here on Amazon.

Epiphone 1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA

In the build up to Namm, Epiphone has announced a few new models, including this 1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA. Part of what Epiphone calls its Historic Custom USA collection, the 1962 Wilshire re-issue commemorates the solid body guitars the company made in the late-fifties and sixties in Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory.

The 1962 Wilshire Custom Historic USA is based on the 162 Wilshire SB-432 and comes in Cherry Red. It has a Peruvian Mahogany body and glued-in set neck. Its rosewood fretboard has 22 frets with pearloid dot inlays, and the headstock is set at 17 degrees with three Vintage Kluson machine heads on each side.

The pick-ups are soapbar P-90s with adjustable pole pieces and there’s a three-way selector switch with volume and tone controls for each pick-up.

Only 100 of these special issue WIlshires will be made and each includes an original style hard case, cerstificate of authenticity, vintage coiled guitar lead, a 1962-leather strap and commerative picks and a t-shirt.

The 1962 Wilshire is very different to later models, such as the one on which this Wilshire was based, which had humbuckers and a ‘bat wing’ headstock.

Jimi Hendrix and Roger Daltrey are among the musicians to have played original Epiphone Wilshire models.

Epiphone launches Zakk Wylde ZV Custom

Amazon ImageEpiphone has launched its latest signature guitar, the Zakk Wylde ZV Custom. It’s unique body shape combines what Epiphone calls “two of the most distinguishable guitar shapes” into one body by taking the top half of an SG and the bottom of a Flying V and sticking putting them together.

The company describes the guitar as having an “aggressive look like no other” with ‘extreme attitude” and I wouldn’t disagree.

Just like Epiphone’s Zakk Wylde Les Paul signature guitars, the body of the Zakk Wylde ZV Custom is carved from solid mahogany and has a glued-in hard maple neck. Epiphone says this “provides for deep, rich tone with added brightness and sustain that only comes with a set-neck guitar.”

There are two EMG-Z humbuckers, an HZ-4 at the bridge, and an HZ-4A at the neck. A LockTone tune-o-matic bridge locks the bridge on the posts to make changing strings easy, and the string-through body “ensures ultimate string to body vibrations.”

The neck has a SlimTaper profile and the headstock is quipped with black Grover machine heads. The final touch on the neck is the Les Paul Custom-style mother-of-pearl inlays on the fretboard. A pair of new Epiphone strap locks complete the look. The Epiphone Zakk Wylde ZV Custom is available in black and black and white “bullseye” finishes and comes with a specially designed fitted hard case with ZV-inspired artwork and a metal chain handle.

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