The new limited edition Epiphone Peter Frampton Phenix Les Paul Custom is a recreation of a guitar all fans of Frampton know well: his black triple-humbucker guitar used on many of his pre-1980 releases.
Les Paul Custom Pro Phenix
Phenix is the name Pete Frampton gave his original guitar back in the day. It was thought lost and destroyed in 1980 in a plane crash but found and restored in 2012. This is the blueprint for the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro.
The new guitar uses the usual woods you would associate with a Les Paul: mahogany body with maple top, mahogany neck with 12 “ebony fingerboard and 22 frets. Weight relief has been used to help keep the guitar light and make it easier to use on a strap. But that’s also nothing new, so this guitar should sound as you would expect.
The special feature here is, of course, the triple pickup system. It uses Epiphone’s own ProBucker (neck and middle) and a Ceramic Pro humbucker (bridge). The switch is still only a 3-way switch. The middle position is always on, but it has its own volume control and can be silenced. The bridge and tailpiece are Epiphone’s proprietary Locktone models. The Grover tuners are the usual Rotomatic versions with 18: 1 ration ratio.
There are two versions of the guitar on offer, a Premium Outfit includes a special hard case and a signed certificate. There are 200 pieces worldwide for in this premium package. The normal version includes only the guitar, is limited to 900 pieces and costs less.
RRP – Premium USD 1199 and Standard USD 899