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Rick Beato Offers First Look at His Signature Gibson Les Paul Special

An example of Rick Beato's new signature Gibson Les Paul Special
(Image credit: Rick Beato/Instagram)

Back in January, guitar YouTube favorite Rick Beato announced that he and Gibson had teamed up to create a new signature guitar based on his beloved TV Yellow Les Paul Special DC.

Now, on Instagram, Beato has given the world a first look at the instrument.

“Here’s my new Rick Beato signature Gibson LP Special in Pelham Blue,” he wrote. “This is the first one off the line! I am at the Gibson factory and got to see the guitars in progress. Totally cool!”

In January, during a New Year's Eve livestream, Beato revealed how the guitar came about, saying at the time “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?’

“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.”

At the time, Beato said the guitar would be released this summer, and that he'd donate all proceeds from the sale of the instrument "to a music charity that I will talk about later on as we get closer to it.”

We'll be sure to let you know the full details of the instrument as soon we know them.

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Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

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.