During a New Year's Eve livestream, guitar YouTube favorite Rick Beato announced that Gibson has developed a new signature model for him, based on his beloved TV Yellow Les Paul Special DC.
“About a year ago, I was approached about having a signature Gibson by Cesar [Gueikian, CMO at Gibson] – a very good friend of mine who [asked], ‘If I were to have a signature guitar what would it be,?’" Beato said.
“And I said […] I would like to have a Les Paul Special DC, like my TV Yellow one. And so I am now a Gibson endorser as of a few weeks ago.”
Set to arrive later this year, the guitar – according to Beato – is in the early stages, and still being worked on.
“I have one prototype; I haven’t gotten the next one yet. But the guitar will be out [this] summer,” Beato said. “I’ll be donating all the proceeds to a music charity that I will talk about later on as we get closer to it.”
“So that’s something that’s coming up in 2021 that’s really exciting," he continued. "A signature guitar. As soon as I get the right prototype, I’ll start playing it on the channel.”
You can watch Beato make the announcement starting at 28:20 in the video above.
For more of Beato's videos, stop by his YouTube channel.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.