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Instagram Joe Bonamassa Echopark Guitars fiasco

Instagram Joe Bonamassa Echopark Guitars Flying V fiasco  ·  Source: Instagram/Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa has publicly called out Gibson Partnership Program member Echopark Guitars on the poor quality of a boutique guitar the company built for him. The guitar, which cost thousands, had problems with the finish, he says in an Instagram post published yesterday that’s since been removed. Given that Joe and Gibson/Epiphone have a close relationship, how will this play out for Echopark and its own ties to Gibson?

1958 “Amos” Flying V replica

Joe Bonamassa has no problem speaking his mind via his hugely popular Instagram page. Now the legendary guitarist has called out what he says was poor work on a guitar he commissioned from Echopark Guitars. The boutique company charged him $7000 for a Flying V, he says, yet after a while the finish “fell off” the instrument.

The post itself has since been deleted, but here’s an excerpt:

This is so uncool I can’t even begin to tell you.. @echoparkguitars. First of all, the guitar is an unsanctioned, non approved, unendorsed copy of my 1958 GIBSON Flying V named Amos. Forgetting that for a minute… I had Gabriel @echoparkguitars build me an Amos replica for overseas touring two years ago and he charged me $7000 dollars for it. After the finish began to fall off the guitar because he did not use the right or enough pour filler on the mineral streak laden Korina body, I sold it. Joe Bonamassa

Will this cause any problems for Echopark as official Gibson Partnership Program members? You’d have thought that Joe Bonamassa saying bad things about a guitar he bought from you might cause problems with your relationship with Gibson.

Joe Bonamassa Echopark Guitars statement

Joe Bonamassa Echopark Guitars statement screen shot from now deleted Instagram post

Finish problems

Interestingly, the thread on The Gear Page contains a link to an internet sale that appears to be for the very same guitar Joe referred to. But there’s no mention of any problems with the finish. We have to assume that Joe or Rumble Seat, the reseller, had the defects fixed before selling the guitar on.

In any case, Joe’s Epiphone Amos Flying V was a successful model, with all 1,500 units sold. If Gibson can get a guitar like that out the door for under a grand, what happened with the Echopark Amos at nearly ten times that price? Echopark should probably issue a statement of some kind to explain their side of the story…

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Martin
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Of course this shouldn’t happen on a $7000 guitar but instead of contacting Echopark guitars regarding the paint and have them fix it, he decides to use his fame and make it into a public spectacle, just to hurt Echopark. That’s a dick move if you ask me.

hooleydooleydoo
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Echopark deserves to be hurt. Go the the gear page, read the horrendous customer service stories, look at the examples of shoddy workmanship and read the many stores of undelivered guitars. Why anyone would buy one of those is beyond me.

Dane
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Actually, applying your logic here Joe deserves to lose $7000.

William Paxson
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“Deserves to lose $7000”? Well, for dealing with jokers like Echopark in the first place, probably yes.

floey b
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floey b

the guitar was $5000, discounted. why lie? because the whole thing is a lie. joe’s entire story is fake. he loved that flying V. he told everyone how much he loved it. his selling of the guitar, which people have speculated about, had nothing to do with the integrity of the guitar. which is why no issues were disclosed and why it sold for a huge profit at $12500, originally asking $15000. joe slams a masterpiece rare korina V, hand made, by his chosen builder. instead of posting actual fake news, why don’t you ask richard fortus, jimmy vivino, dave… Read more »

Don
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Valuable information! I bought one of the Epiphone “Amos” guitars, and couldn’t be happier with it! Huge bang for the buck, even compared to guitars that I’ve bought for over 5x the amount. After reading the saga about Echo Park guitars on one of the forums, and seeing pics of some of the work, I hope Gibson is going to step up and make sure that EP’s representation of their brand isn’t going to hurt them.

Dane
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Actually, Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson, so if anything this episode makes Gibson look good, not bad.

Don
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Gibson just licensed the use of their name to Echopark Guitars. This Echopark/Gibson relationship could make Gibson look really bad. Epiphone has really stepped up their game, and has been hugely beneficial to Gibson’s reputation.

floey b
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floey b

if you’re happy with an indonesian machine made, plastic coated guitar, which you like to compare to guitars costing 5X more, then keep sniffing the glue. have at it. don’t give up. you have no business on any level, looking at $7500 guitars, and certainly no business discussing them. it’s not something you would comprehend. the guitar you bought is not collectible and it’s coated in plastic, and it’s aimed at poor people. $899 at guitar center, used, right now, joe b flying V. it’s an insult to flying V players across the globe. that dork…. the V is a… Read more »

Holly Matchet
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So the one he sold for $12,500 on that Gear Page link is defective? Seems like a pretty good profit he made on it.
It looks well worn, like most customs these days. What’s the deal with the V on the left in the picture? I like the way that one looks better. Is that a white limba custom model?

Janne
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It’s been made known that the good Echoparks from years ago were built by Mike Lipe.

floey b
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floey b

yea….. right. get a life. or a clue. i watched my guitar get made by gabe & william in 2012-2013. get a life.

Janne
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Janne

Could you type “get a life” just once more, please?

Merman9393
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Why would a Gibson endorsee need to buy a guitar that is cloned from one of his own guitars from EchoPark guitars? I assumed an endorsee that had signature models would have, at the very least, access to discounted units to use as “tour support”. Paul Stanley of Kiss was provided dozens of Marauders to smash on stage back in the late 70’s, so I would think Joe could get a Gibson Custom Shop V for this European tour.

Detroit rock
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Join the discussion…

Detroit rock
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Frankly I think the facts should be straightened out before people jump on an internet post to unleash. Echopark makes some of the best guitars on the planet, and joe is a solid legendary player. Both these guys just missed the point because it was done on social. Do yourself a favor hold echopark guitars in your hand and then make your statements….Gibson was brilliant in finding this true DETROIT product. I hope Gibson continues to get back to its Michigan roots and improves there brand which took a bad hit in the bankruptcy. These echopark guitars are a work… Read more »

Tommy Quirk
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First of all, you’re not getting the full story from this article. This entire thing started when EchoPark asked the question “American made or Chinese made” in an Instagram post. The picture posted was of an EP ’58 Albert V and the Chinese made JB Amos. Joe Bonamassa lost his mind and completely over-reacted to this post. There was absolutely no malice intended toward Joe nor did it say anything derogatory about the Chinese made Amos. If JB had an issue with his EP guitar, why didn’t he reach out to Gabriel to correct it? He then sells it (at… Read more »

Gabriel
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Gabriel

Thank you so fucking much for having some balls! I have a ton of emails directly between joe and myself where he is calling me The King Of Vs,complimenting how amazing the instrument is and comments about how he loves the finish, tone,weight pickups, neck. Hes sent me photos and videos of him on the road with it.. his tech even did a spot on it from the road. Nothing but compliments! When we moved to Detroit in 17 his manager Roy approached me and we signed a contract for J&R promotions to Sell my instruments via their platforms. I… Read more »

Yo!
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Yo!

If this is actually Gabriel and not one of his insta-sycophants, why don’t you post on The Gear Page and address the numerous examples of poor craftsmanship?

floey b
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floey b

it’s true that Joe was trying to buy Gibson. This here “gear news” article is literally fake news. twisting reality to get an article to get clicks. it’s tabloid journalism. No facts, no real actual information, no references, no backstory. Joe B was on the rag, and butthurt over Gabe’s fierce wit and slam of the “Chinese” flying V. Korean you say? I’d rather have a Chinese. Frankly a run of the mill post for Echopark, who has every right to slam machine-made guitars, particularly overseas ones. That’s the whole point. You are so unspeakably dense, Joe. You’re the one… Read more »

777
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777

tl;dr

Janne
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Gabriel Currie is a moron that can’t even spell… let alone make a good guitar.

Mark G
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Mark G

Everyone check out the Echopark Guitars Nightmare thread on TGP to get a great look into Gabe’s shoddy workmanship, with photographic proof and all. Disclaimer, it’s pretty shocking.

William Paxson
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Yikes! I read as much of it as I could before incredulity took over. Didn’t realize it was THAT bad.

floey b
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floey b

it’s not. it’s no different than any other forum. cars, watches, guitars. it’s a bunch of losers. it’s a tiny, insignificant percentage. they can’t play guitar. they don’t know what a hand made guitar is. they don’t know shit. it…… is not bad at all.

floey b
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floey b

einstein couldn’t talk until he was 3. many great salespeople, and great artists, can’t spell. it’s actually more a point to gabe’s genius as an artist. he dyslexia has nothing to do with building guitars. jerry seinfeld is dyslexic. you seem to have a real problem with it. shaming people from a keyboard who have a real and true learning disability. you sound like quite the human.

Tyr
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Cheap Squires put Echopark “instruments” to shame.

floey b
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floey b

wow! sounds like someone has great taste in guitars. you must be quite the player? chris squire?

Tyr
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Tyr

Actually, yes. That was not an unfortunate typo. Chris Squire makes wonderful bang-for-the-buck axes.

Joe
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Actually kind of awesome that Jb liked and used the guitar so much that he wore the paint off of it. If you ask me it’s an endorsement for Echopark. In fact that kind of wear is ushually an upcharge

floey b
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floey b

there was no finish issue with this guitar. we know for a fact. and if there was, it would’ve been disclosed at the time of sale. joe b was simply on his period…….again. no wonder he’s got the blues!
joe’s “on the rag” blues.

floe b
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well, well, well. so echopark, who does perhaps the finest finishes in the business, with the best lacquer on earth did a poor finish job on joe’s guitar? YEA RIGHT. hmmm. tell me then why, when joe b went to sell the guitar did he not disclose any of this “flaw”. by joe lying about this finish issue, after he sold the guitar, he’s basically calling himself a scumbag, one who doesn’t disclose a flaw to a buyer. also, joe bonamassa got a discount on this guitar, and only paid $5000, not $7000 as he claimed. he’s lying about that… Read more »