john lee hooker epiphone

Epiphone has released the Ltd Ed John Lee Hooker 100th Anniversary Zephyr Outfit, created in collaboration with the bluesman’s family to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday.

epiphone zephyr john lee hooker

The guitar is a faithful recreation of Hooker’s coveted 1961 Epiphone archtop Zephyr—his main “squeeze” on tour and in the studio for over a decade. Here’s a quick rundown of the 2018 replica’s key features:

At the heart of the guitar’s sound is a pair of Epiphone ProBucker Mini-Humbuckers that deliver a commanding and thick vintage jazz tone. Each pickup has independent “Volume” and “Tone” knobs, in addition to a three-way pickup switch.

Like Hooker’s original Zephyr, this guitar comes in an all-hollow body design. It features a maple top and body, ivory binding, traditional unbound F-holes and a foil “E” tortoiseshell pickguard. Its mahogany neck sports a vintage “C” profile and has a 12-inch radius Pau Ferro fretboard with pearloid “split block” inlays.

In terms of hardware, the axe features a Pau Ferro floating bridge, vintage trapeze tailpiece, and a set of Wilkinson Deluxe machine heads paired with ivory buttons.

The guitar is in limited supply and comes with a hard case, leather strap, certificate of authenticity, and a presentation binder.

Hear the guitar in action here:

Pre-orders at $799. For more information, check out epiphone.com.