Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar Metallic Gold 886830337345

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The Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul features a stunning metallic-finish carved maple cap with a mahogany back. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Grover 14:1 tuners have a nickel hardware coa... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul features a stunning metallic-finish carved maple cap with a mahogany back. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Grover 14:1 tuners have a nickel hardware coating. The glued, deep-set mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard features a rounded '59 neck profile for guitarists who prefer a chunkier neck, but still enjoy fast, smooth playing action. The BurstBucker 2 and 3 humbuckers have unbalanced pickup windings for the historically-accurate "Patent Applied For" sound with a little extra airy tone. The 'Bucker Type 3 is slighty overwound for more output.

A unique fusion of old and new ideas
Bonamassa played his first guitar at the age of four. By seven, he had stepped up to a full-scale model and had mastered many of Stevie Ray Vaughan's signature licks. At 10 he was playing regularly around the state of New York, garnering attention of blues legend B.B. King. Two years later, he was opening up for King, and eventually stars such as Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman, and George Thorogood. Bonamassa has lived up to his potential, continuing to develop his own style as one of contemporary music's most profoundly gifted guitar players.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved maple cap
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Glued, deep-set mahogany neck
  • Rounded D, 1959-style neck shape
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 12" radius
  • 22 frets
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Gibson BurstBucker 3 bridge pickup
  • Gibson BurstBucker 2
  • neck pickup
  • Volume, volume, tone, tone controls
  • Grover 14:1 tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
  • Polyurethane finish
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Surprising Benchmark

I started my guitar collection again last year after many years of not even owning one guitar in the house.

The Bonamassa was one of the first I bought last year...Read complete review

I started my guitar collection again last year after many years of not even owning one guitar in the house.

The Bonamassa was one of the first I bought last year from MF as it was a signature guitar.

First up the guitar felt great and the tone with the Gibson Pickups was gorgeous with a blues touch or a gritty crunch when overdriven.

The fret work was impeccable and the larger neck for me was very very comfortable.

I gave the guitar to a luthier who slammed the action right down to the deck with no buzz present at all which showed off the quality of the fret work and replaced the stop tail with a Gotoh because it seemed a logical improvement even though I had no issues at all with the factory stop.

This guitar is a lifetime keeper now and is my benchmark for everything else I own or play.

I have bought and passed through several guitars this year including a Gibson Classic Custom,Gibson SG Standard and a Epi Ace Ferhley Custom.

The Epi Bona was still my go to guitar even with the above in the house and I think thats speaks volumes for how nice the Bona sounds and plays.

Its stays in tune no worse or better than any high quality Gibson and the nut was cut well and just needed a touch of lube.

The only other guitar that I play more than the Bona is a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard which after a touch of tweaking is just a killer guitar.

If you are thinking its only a Epi and not a Gibson..well you will be surprised like I was of how it does sound,play and the quality rosewood neck and the really nice bit of fretwork.

Equally better or as good as many Gibsons out there.

..it comes very highly recommended.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Musicians Friend The Customer is #1

I got one with a poorly set and milled neck.
No problem as customer service helped me with
the return in quick time. I will say that the tone wood was...Read complete review

I got one with a poorly set and milled neck.
No problem as customer service helped me with
the return in quick time. I will say that the tone wood was exceptional and the Burst Bucker pickups were tremendous. The Grovers were smooth and a really nice addition. A real value. Too bad for me I waited to buy until there were none left to replace it with so I am waiting for more stock.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epi Bonamassa Les Paul

By GoffMan

from Ridgway, CO

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

Although the guitar was listed as "gently used," it looked practically brand new when it arrived. It was packed well and arrived safely. It plays and sounds great!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy this one instead of the Gibson

By Swanny

from Northern California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Balance
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Gigs Practice Studio

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

Epiphone has gotten a bad rap throughout the years for being "The Red-headed Stepchild" of Gibson. nothing could be further from the truth. This Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul may not be as "hot" as the Gibson model, but not all of us have the available big cash for the Gibson version. This one plays with ease, great chunk sounds abound. A really nice addition to my collection which includes Fenders and Gretsches. Good work Epiphone!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One Awesome Guitar

By RICHARD HARRISS

from Lexington, KY

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

First of all let me say that I'm a 25 year vet on guitar, I've played just about everything at one time or another. Ok there's good and bad on this guitar. Well the good is great and the bad I could only find two things that could have been better and it's purely aesthetics. For the good, epiphone really did a nice job on this one, it's probably the best epi I've ever played. In the terms of comparing to a Gibson though......Well you can, it's better than any Studio I've played. I've bought Studios and returned them for lack of quality. Functionally I couldn't find anything wrong with this guitar, I inspected it closely from top to bottom and I couldn't believe it..WOW, homerun for Epiphone..of course like most guitars that you buy, the factory setup left alot to be desired, the intonation was way off and the action was not ( in my opinion )wear it should have been. However those were easily remedied. I was able to get the action from 2 to 4 ( 2mm from the 17th fret on the 1st string to 4mm from the 17th on the 6th )with no fret buzz, of course it did take some minor trust rod adjustments, but I've come to expect this from any guitar I buy, the vol pots, tone pots, switch, jack, and the Gibson pickups are the same as you would find in a Gibson Les Paul standard. Ok now for the bad and as I said before it's not really bad, I would have liked to have had better quality rose wood on the fret board and the pickup bezels could have been better. The bezels are cheaply and easily replaced and as for the Rosewood it's just the looks, it has nothing to do with the guitars play-ability or function. I would have had no problem paying a $100 more for this guitar if it had a better looking fingerboard. For the money this is a 5 star guitar. Oh and I forgot this most important part of any guitar..IT SOUNDS AMAZING...way better than any studio I've ever played. If something were to happen to this guitar I would most definitively buy another one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Surprising Benchmark

By GAZZA1

from Oz Down Under

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

I started my guitar collection again last year after many years of not even owning one guitar in the house.

The Bonamassa was one of the first I bought last year from MF as it was a signature guitar.

First up the guitar felt great and the tone with the Gibson Pickups was gorgeous with a blues touch or a gritty crunch when overdriven.

The fret work was impeccable and the larger neck for me was very very comfortable.

I gave the guitar to a luthier who slammed the action right down to the deck with no buzz present at all which showed off the quality of the fret work and replaced the stop tail with a Gotoh because it seemed a logical improvement even though I had no issues at all with the factory stop.

This guitar is a lifetime keeper now and is my benchmark for everything else I own or play.

I have bought and passed through several guitars this year including a Gibson Classic Custom,Gibson SG Standard and a Epi Ace Ferhley Custom.

The Epi Bona was still my go to guitar even with the above in the house and I think thats speaks volumes for how nice the Bona sounds and plays.

Its stays in tune no worse or better than any high quality Gibson and the nut was cut well and just needed a touch of lube.

The only other guitar that I play more than the Bona is a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard which after a touch of tweaking is just a killer guitar.

If you are thinking its only a Epi and not a Gibson..well you will be surprised like I was of how it does sound,play and the quality rosewood neck and the really nice bit of fretwork.

Equally better or as good as many Gibsons out there.

..it comes very highly recommended.

 
5.0

Joe Bonamassa Epi LP - Great Buy Great Price

By Jose Nunez

from Westbury, NY

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar on Friday at the local GC store in Carle Place. I saw this LP online and wanted to try it out. I went to GC and played this thing for an hour. Great finish, toners are grover. The pickups all have sound. I like thinner necks, but this still felt good and I was able to play and move freely around the neck. This guitar is as good as advertised. awesome buy. beats any other Epi i played and played better than some of the Gibson Studio LP's in the store. can't go wrong with this one. Andy

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

versatile, many useful quality tones

By B. Brazil

from St. Louis Mo.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    I had this guitar set up professionally because the intonation was way off. Now, it sounds and plays outstanding. It looks beautiful. The tone is big, fat, and warm. I couldn't be happier. I run this through a tube screamer and into a Marshall class 5 all tube combo.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    GREAT GUITAR......BUT

    By spiral

    from bristol, tn

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Frets Were Rough

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    Love the guitar except for the frets.They were a little rough.Bending notes was not smooth.Had to sand and polish them.Plays great now.All in all a great deal on a great guitar.Love the fat neck..

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Epi LP Ever

    By Richard Szala

    from Montague, NJ

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    I have several Epi LP's and I was going to blow the bank roll and make the Gibby JB LP my first Gibson but after the glowing reviews and what I know about Epi's, I bought the Epi. I changed the pick guard to the Gibson three ply one like on the Gibby JB and from the nut down, you can't tell it from a Gibby. It has the same pickups and I'm of the opinion that the pickups make the guitar. It doesn't matter that under the paint its a couple of pieces of wood glued together instead of one piece and the dirty little secret is unless you knew or had a million dollars of scientific equipment, you wouldn't be able to hear the difference. For all intents and purposes, its audible one piece of wood. Joe B is a great guy and he did a great service to players to have Epi and Gibby put out a quality guitar everyone can enjoy. I mean an Epi with Gibby pickups at this price? And a nice hard case too? Whats to decide? They could have charged hundreds more and even Gibby could have doubled their price. The Gibby was within my reach but the Epi is so close to the Gibby it makes sense to buy it. Its the best Epi yet.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Buy

    By FELIX OCASIO

    from North Ridgeville

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    I understand that a few of the collectors were upset that the EPI J.B. was not limited to 1000 guitars. I was upset that I missed the opportunity on the first run because they were all sold out. I am very happy that Epiphone decided on a second runand understand that there is a 3rd run or more projected. While having the funds to purchase the Gibson Custom Shop version is not an issue for me, I no longer play in a band, so I could not justify the cost. Simply put, other priorities come first. In my search for a replacement purchase I did play several Gibson Les Paul Traditional's, Classics and the Custom Classics, in a justifiable price range, but the feel of the neck was not to my liking. It's all preference in the end. Is it not??? In February, When I heard that there was a second run of the Joe Bonamassa EPI Les Paul, available, I took the chance and purchased one over the G.C. web as there were none available at G.C. to actually play. When I received the J.B. I was very impressed by the looks and quality. The Burstbuckers sound as they should.. amazing. The neck was perfect, felt very nice and the action was low. No issues staying in tune, nor have I noted any fret buzz. Epiphone produces these guitars to be played, and while I am no longer in a band, I get plenty of joy playing at home or jamming with friends. Thank you very much Epiphone. Keep on giving those who can't justify thousands for a very nice Gibby, the opportunity to enjoy a sweet guitar.

    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    What happened to 1000?

    By annellacaster

    from Hudson Valley, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Nicely made
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • 1000

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Electric Guitar:

    Don't get me wrong, I really like the guitar. But I was fooled into thinking that only 1000 would be sold! I figured that if I did'nt like it, I could always sell it and it would hold some value.Now I'm not so sure, and I wish I had bought an American made Studio instead for just a little more money. The studio is much lighter and this think is a LEAD weight. Oh well, I hope Joe B gets a nice bit of the cost, because he is great and deserves it.

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