For over two decades, Epiphone has earned a sterling reputation among the world's top guitarists and bassists for making affordable custom signature instruments that meet or often exceed the sound and feel of artist's prized vintage models. Epiphone has also worked with legends Jack Casady and Matt Heafy to create entirely new instruments. In fact, Jack Casady's Signature Bass has become an icon all its own and is now on tour with Jack White, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, the Stone Roses, and of course, Hot Tuna.
Most of Epiphone's Signature Artist instruments are limited editions and many of our latest releases from legends like Tommy Thayer of KISS, Joe Bonamassa, and Slash are close to selling out. Take a look at the current line-up and see your Authorized Epiphone Dealer right away before your chance to play one of these instruments passes you buy forever!
Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass
The Ltd. Ed. 20th Anniversary Jack Casady Bass Outfit commemorates the all-time best selling hollowbody electric bass designed by Jack Casady, co-founder of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring a Flame Maple Veneer top finished in Wine Red plus a custom gig bag, deluxe leather strap and certificate of authenticity hand signed by Jack Casady. Read our interview with Jack about his career and designing the Jack Casady Bass.
"The workmanship that's coming in on these instruments is just super," said Casady. "Every year I get two new instruments that I take out on the road. No ringers. I have none that are set up a special way or anything like that and they are great."
Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Explorer Outfit
The Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Explorer Outfit is the third Epiphone signature model from legend Tommy "Spaceman" Thayer of KISS. Featuring the classic Explorer body in a Custom Metallic White finish plus Seymour Duncan® JB™ Humbuckers chosen by Thayer, Grover® Rotomatic machine heads, a custom hard case and more. Plus, each Ltd. Ed. "White Lightning" Explorer also includes a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity in a presentation binder.
"My new Epiphone White Lightning Explorer is hot, loud, and delivers the big sound I need onstage every night," said Thayer. "It's an instrument that suits musicians from all walks of life. My Epiphone signature guitars are a tried and true part of my arsenal. I never leave home without 'em!"
Ltd. Ed. Johnny A. Signature Outfit
The Ltd. Ed. Johnny A. Custom Outfit is the premier signature archtop by renowned guitarist, singer, and bandleader Johnny A. Featuring Johnny A's custom double-cutaway hollowbody design in a Sunset Glow gloss finish, plus Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers, Ebony Fretboard, Bigsby® B70 Vibrato, and hard case. Read our interview and learn the story of the making of the Johnny A. and Johnny A.'s new album with the Yardbirds.
"I think Epiphone did a fantastic job," said Johnny A. "It's a tough guitar to build because of the multi-ply binding and the four mited cutaways to deal with. So the fact that Epiphone came along and duplicated my guitar at the price point that they are--it's befuddling to me. I don't even know how they do it."
Ltd. Ed. James Bay Century Outfit
The Ltd. Ed. James Bay Signature "1966" Century Outfit is an incredibly accurate recreation of GRAMMY nominee James Bay's customized 1966 Epiphone Century archtop in an Gloss Cherry finish. Featuring a Kinman® Noiseless "Sweet Neck" P-90, a reissue of the 60s era compensated floating bridge with brass wheels, a James Bay "Hat Man" headstock logo, Wilkinson Deluxe machine heads, USA made "CTS" 500K pots, and a reissue of an Epiphone 60s era hard case plus a hand-signed photo and custom strap. Read our interview with James and watch our two-part video with Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg.
"Having my own signature guitar built by Epiphone is something I've dreamed about since I started using their instruments as a kid and now that dream is coming true," said Bay. "I now have an even more reliable version of my favorite guitar to take out on the road and I get to share that model with the world."
Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan & Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia Explorer Custom Artisan
Bring Me the Horizon is at the forefront of a new era of British pop and Epiphone has been with them every step of the way with BMTH lead guitarist Lee Malia who first joined the Signature Artist Club with his Les Paul Artisan. Now, Lee has added the Ltd. Ed. RD Custom Artisan and Explorer Custom Artisan to his Signature collection, each featuring a Gibson USA P-94 and 84T-LM™ humbucker with coil-splitting and classic 70s inspired Artisan inlay and gold hardware. Read our classic interview with Lee and discover the Lee Malia Artisan collection at your Authorized Epiphone Dealer.
"They sent me some mock-ups and I loved it. It was amazing," said Lee. "It came about just like that."
Ltd. Ed. Slash Les Paul Standard PRO Premium Outfit and Ltd. Ed. Slash Les Paul Standard PRO
The new Ltd. Ed. Slash Les Paul Standard PRO Premium Outfit and the Ltd. Ed. Slash Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO were designed by Guns N' Roses legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Slash to inaugurate his new title as Gibson Brands' first Global Brand Ambassador. And to celebrate, Slash came to Epiphone's headquarters in Nashville, TN to hand-sign 100 of his new Epiphone signature Les Paul Plustop PROs for the Premium Outfit.
The Ltd. Ed. Slash Les Paul Standard PRO Premium Outfit will be limited to only 100 guitars worldwide, each hand-signed on the back of the headstock and numbered. The Premium Outfit includes a Hard Case with Slash "Skull & Tophat" logo, a custom designed leather guitar strap, and a Certificate of Authenticity. The Ltd. Ed. Slash Les Paul Standard PRO is limited to just 900 guitars.
Both of Slash's Les Paul Standard Plustop PROs come with a AAA Flame Maple Veneer top, new Anaconda Burst finish, Ebony fingerboard, Seymour Duncan "Slash" Humbuckers, Sprague "Orange Drop" capacitors, and a Certificate of Authenticity. Read our classic interview with Slash and play them today at your Authorized Dealer while supplies last.
"Doing a guitar that's affordable with a great company like Epiphone is something that I think should happen more often."
Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Outfit
When Richie Faulkner joined Judas Priest in 2011, his incredible speed, finesse, and control rejuvenated the pioneering English metal band and helped to introduce them to a new generation of fans. Now as Judas Priest celebrates their 50th anniversary with a new world tour, Epiphone welcomes Richie Faulkner to our family of signature guitarists! The Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit features a classic Flying-V with EMG™ active pickups chosen by Faulkner, a Floyd Rose® Tremolo and bridge and tailpiece with R2 Locking Nut, Grover® Rotomatic machine heads, a Thin-C neck profile, and a custom designed gig bag. Read our exclusive interview and check out the video of Richie in the studio with his Flying V.
"It's an honor to be part of the heritage. My first proper guitar was an Epiphone and I still got it upstairs. So Epiphone goes way back with me," said Faulkner. "Being a part of that is amazing really. Right out of the box, man it was a lot of guitar. It was just shocking how good the guitar was and how much guitar was there."
Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy "Snøfall" Les Paul Custom Outfit & Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy "Snøfall" Les Paul Custom-7 Outfit
Longtime Epiphone Signature Artist Matt Heafy of Trivium is back with the new Ltd. Ed. 6 and 7-string "Snøfall" Les Paul Custom Outfits, Heafy's second series of custom Les Pauls, this time in inspired by Trivium's critically acclaimed album Silence in the Snow. As usual, Heafy brings a new twist to the classic Les Paul Custom design with a beautiful Alpine White Gloss finish, Phenolic fingerboard, and EMG active pickups. Plus, both 6 and 7-string Ltd. Ed "Snøfall" Les Pauls include a premium gigbag and a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. Read our interview and discover Heafy's trailblazing Les Pauls at your nearest Authorized Epiphone Dealer.
"The idea for these guitars started back when we made the 'Silence in the Snow' video," Heafy told Epiphone.com. "We had the original MKH prototypes and we knew we wanted to so do something that was dramatic. So we decided to completely cover them in white paint because the record was Silence in the Snow. It looked really cool."
Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa 1958 "Amos" Korina Flying-V Outfit
Over the last decade, Joe Bonamassa has become one of the nation's foremost vintage guitar collectors and along the way, Epiphone has been right there with him, helping to make his prized one-of-a-kind guitars reach a world-wide audience. The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa 1958 "Amos" Korina Flying-V Outfit is Bonamassa's fifth custom Epiphone signature model and honors one of his most cherished finds, the rare "Amos" Flying V, one of the first of only 91 Flying Vs produced in 1958. Featuring Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups, CTS™ electronics, a LockTone™ ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and a 50s style Flying-V case along with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity.
"You guys at Epiphone nailed it," said Bonamassa. "From the moment I opened the case at my house, all I had to do was look at it and I said: 'Ok, we're good!' It sounds great. They sound better than the originals!"
Ltd. Ed. Bjorn Gelotte "Jotun" Les Paul Custom Outfit
The new Ltd. Ed. Björn Gelotte "Jotun" Les Paul Custom Outfit is Epiphone's second signature model designed with Björn Gelotte of In Flames. Featuring a classic Les Paul Custom with a Bone White finish, EMG "Metalworks" Active Pickups, an Ebony fingerboard, and Grover® Roto-matic Machine Heads. Gelotte has also added a stainless steel bottle opener on the back of the guitar along with a custom designed Hard Case and a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity.
"The whole point in doing an Epiphone is so that we could do the exact same thing as the Gibson that I had, only we could make it a bit more affordable," Gelotte told Music Radar. "I haven't played any other guitar since I got the first prototype. So all the recording, all the touring for almost the last two years has been on one of these. It makes me really proud to be able to say that. Because it's one thing to be able to create a signature in order to sell it but another to create a signature you actually want to be able to play. So I'm super proud of that and they did a really killer job."
Visit your nearest Authorized Epiphone Dealer today to try out these Limited Edition Artist Signature models. But do it soon while supplies last!