Check out the new Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” by Epiphone

Based on Bonamassa’s favourite vintage Les Paul from Norm’s Rare Guitars.

Joe Bonamassa playing the Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard 'Norm Burst'.

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Epiphone has unveiled the Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard, a design based on the blues guitarist’s favourite vintage Les Paul from Norm’s Rare Guitars.

Nicknamed the “Norm Burst”, this limited-edition Les Paul was inspired by a pristine 1960 Gibson Les Paul that Bonamassa found in Norm’s Rare Guitars in Tarzana, California. The new instrument represents Bonamassa’s seventh signature guitar partnership with Epiphone.

The Norm Burst features a single-cutaway mahogany body with an AA maple cap and a flame veneer top. It features a Norm Burst finish, which is very similar to the Heritage Cherry Burst of the original. A slim mahogany neck completes the 60s styling of the Les Paul. In terms of electronics, the guitar comes loaded with a set of Epiphone ProBuckers set up with Mallory tone caps and 50s-style wiring. This eliminates the treble loss typically associated with volume knob roll-back. 

The Norm Burst comes with a 50s-style ‘Lifton’ hard case adorned with Bonamassa ‘Nerdville, CA’ art, and a hand-signed certificate of authenticity is also included.

“Acoustically, the first sample that Epiphone sent me sounded like the original,” Bonamassa said in a statement. “Once again, Epiphone has made a great guitar that I’m proud to have my name on.”

Watch Bonamassa demo the guitar here:

Available now and retails for $699. More information at epiphone.com.

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