Epiphone has introduced its new Joe Bonamassa Signature 1960 Les Paul Standard "Norm Burst" guitar.
The blues-rocker's seventh Epiphone signature model, the "Norm Burst" is modeled after a 1960 Les Paul that Bonamassa discovered at Norman’s Rare Guitars in Tarzana, California.
“Norm took ownership of it in the 1980s and his staff nicknamed it the ‘Norm Burst,’" Bonamassa said of the guitar. "It’s the cleanest vintage Les Paul Standard I’ve ever seen. It’s so new that the nickel pickup covers look chrome. Even the original hang tags were still there.
“Acoustically, the first sample that Epiphone sent me sounded like the original. Once again, Epiphone has made a great guitar that I’m proud to have my name on.”
The "Norm Burst" features a mahogany body with a maple cap AA flame veneer and a special "Norm Burst' finish," a Sixties Slim Taper mahogany neck and an Indian laurel fingerboard.
It also packs ProBucker humbuckers with '50s-style wiring, a Lock Tone stop bar tailpiece, a Lock Tone ABR bridge and Epiphone Deluxe Tulip Key tuners. Bonamassa's signature also comes in gold silkscreen on the back of the headstock
The Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Signature 1960 Les Paul Standard "Norm Burst" is available now for $699, while a special edition with signature inlays - available exclusively from Bonamassa's website - goes for $799.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to jbonamassa.com.