The new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335 has now been officially released and is based on the blues guitarist’s original Gibson semi-hollow model. A guitar he had to sell to fund a move and now it is back.
Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335
In 1996, Joe Bonamassa purchased a red 1962 Gibson ES-335 and used it on his first solo album, A New Day Yesterday. Then in 2001, he sold the guitar to help fund his move from New York to LA, a sale he regretted for a long time. Then 20 years later an unexpected phone call resulted in Joe being reunited with his old red ES-335 once more and no Epiphone has made a model based on that guitar.
The new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES335 is yet another signature model for the guitarist. It follows in a long line of Gibson and Epiphone releases that bear his signature. With a 5-ply layered maple semi-hollow 335 body that has a spruce contour brace and is paired with a glued-in Rounded C profile neck. This should be familiar territory for 335 fans.
It has an Indian Laurel fretboard fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets, small block inlays and a Graphtech nut. Hardware includes a Maestro Vibrolo, an Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and a set of Epiphone Deluxe with Double Ring Buttons tuners.
This signature guitar has a Gibson Burstbucker 2 in the neck position and a Gibson Burstbucker 3 in the bridge. A decent set of humbucking pickups and a nice upgrade. It is wired like a traditional 335 with a three-way switch and twin volume/tone controls. Epiphone is using quality CTS potentiometers and Mallory capacitors which should help with a good reliable signal path for those Burstbuckers.
It comes with a custom hardshell case with a Bonamassa logo included in the price and a Certificate of Authenticity. This will be a limited edition model and so don’t hang around too long of you want one.
MSRP – USD 1299
- Joe's lated signature 335: Epiphone
- Joe with his latest signature 335: Epiphone
- Mastro bridge: Epiphone
- Bonamassa hardcase: Epiphone