NAMM 2017: Epiphone Gives First Look at Bonamassa Treasure Firebird 1

Epiphone will premiere its new and fourth Joe Bonamassa signature model at NAMM 2017.
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Epiphone will premiere its new and fourth Joe Bonamassa signature model at NAMM 2017.
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Epiphone will premiere its new and fourth Joe Bonamassa signature model at NAMM 2017: the Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit.

From the company:

Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit, the fourth Joe Bonamassa signature model in Epiphone's long friendship with the most critically acclaimed guitarist of our generation. Featuring the ProBucker FB720, a one-of-a-kind faithful recreation of the original early 60s Firebird pickup. Plus Kluson's superb re-issue of the original Firebird/Banjo style tuners! The "Treasure" Firebird-I comes in two color finishes, Polymist Gold and Tobacco Sunburst and includes a premium custom gigbag and a Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity signed by Joe Bonamassa.

A "Treasured" Vintage Firebird Reborn: The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit was closely modeled after Joe's original 1963 Firebird. Joe worked closely with Epiphone's legendary luthiers in Nashville, Tennessee to recreate his rare single pickup Firebird that was made in the first year of the guitar's production at the Epiphone & Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. And according to Joe, the new Epiphone "Treasure" Firebird-I far exceeded his expectations. "The guitar is called 'Treasure' as it's based on the '63 Firebird that was graciously gifted to me 4 years ago," said Bonamassa. "We A/B'd the new Epiphone with my two original 63s. The Epi's play and sound better! Ugh... I just paid $12,000 for one!"

Reverse Firebird body shape
Original Thru-Neck Construction

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The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit features a Mahogany body with a 9-piece Laminated Mahogany/Walnut neck with a period-correct early 1960s Rounded "C" profile measured after Joe's original. Epiphone improved on the vintage neck design by including a dual action adjustable truss rod. The Firebird was the first electric guitar to feature "thru-neck" construction along with the iconic Reverse Firebird body shape. The neck has a Rosewood fingerboard with a 14" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, classic "Dot" inlays, and a 24.75" scale length. The "Treasure" Firebird-I comes in two color finishes, a classic Tobacco Sunburst and Polymist Gold exclusive to Joe's Signature Firebird. The historic-styled white and black-layered pickguard has the classic "Firebird" logo. A premium custom gigbag is included.

Epiphone ProBucker FB720
"The Epi's play and sound better than the originals!"

The "Treasure" Firebird-I is powered by the new ProBucker FB720 pickup, reconstructed at Epiphone to the original specifications of Gibson Firebird pickups from the mid 60s. Accept no substitutes! The ProBucker FB720 has two Alnico II bar magnets used as blades in coils along with a steel reflector plate to achieve the classic Firebird tone of the 60s. Because the DC resistance is around 7.85Kohm, the ProBucker FB720 provides a clean, brighter output with incredible touch sensitivity and a warm low end compared to mini humbuckers, which are used in most Firebird reissues. Controls include Master Volume and Master Tone with Gold "Top Hat" knobs with metal inserts and pointers.

Epiphone All Metal Hardware
Exclusive Kluson Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners

The "Treasure" Firebird-I features all-metal hardware including an Adjustable Wrap-around "Lightning Bar bridge and tailpiece and Epiphone's Heavy-Duty 1/4" output jack. Plus, the "Treasure" comes with Kluson Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners with a 12:1 ratio (14.6:1 winding rate), the best and most accurate reissue of the original Firebird tuners from the early 60s. The Kluson Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners are mounted on a beveled Original Firebird Headstock with a black truss rod cover with the Epiphone logo in gold.

Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Specifications:

Neck Joint: Thru-Neck
Neck Material: Mahogany/Walnut, 9-pc Laminated
Body Wing Material: Mahogany
Body Shape: Reverse Firebird™
Neck Shape Options: 1960's Rounded-C
Truss Rod: Adjustable, Dual-Action
Scale Length: 24.75"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood w/"Dot" Inlays
Nut: Ivory PVC
Headstock: Original Firebird™ Beveled
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker™ FB720
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Knobs: Gold "Top Hats" w/Metal Inserts and Pointers
Fingerboard Radius: 14"
Pickguard: 3-Layer, White/Black/White w/Vintage "Firebird" Logo
Frets: 22, Medium-Jumbo
Bridge/Tailpiece: Adjustable Wrap-Around "Lightning Bar"
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Hardware: Nickel
Output Jack: Epiphone Heavy-Duty 1/4"
Machine Heads: Kluson® Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners, 12:1 Ratio (14.6:1 Wind Rate)
Includes: Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity, Custom Deluxe Gigbag

Warranty: Limited Lifetime

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