New Tak And Chet Guitars Add Flash And Class To Epi Elitist Line

Epiphone, a division of Gibson Guitar, broadens the range of its prestigious Elitist Collection with a flashy new signature model from Japanese rock virtuoso Tak Matsumoto and one of the all-time classic models from "Mr. Guitar," Chet Atkins.

That Elitist Tak Matsumoto Les Paul is based on a Gibson Les Paul played by Matsumoto in the Japanese supergroup B'z. The Elitist Chet Atkins Country Gentleman carries on the late guitarist's legacy of influential guitar design, dating back to the 1950s.

"Although the music and playing styles of Tak and Chet are at the opposite ends of the guitar spectrum, they both epitomize the standard of excellence that the Elitist line represents," said Jim "Epi" Rosenberg, president of Epiphone. "We're very proud to have these two great artists in the Elitist Collection."

The Elitist Tak Matsumoto model is the ultimate Les Paul Standard, featuring a quilt-maple top and abalone fingerboard inlays. The top finish is Takburst, a unique faded cherry sunburst that is complemented by faded cherry back and sides. The Tak Les Paul is equipped with Gibson USA-made 'Burstbucker pickups, which are coverless humbuckers with "zebra" black and white coils, designed to replicate the pickups on the original sunburst Les Pauls of the 1958-60. MSRP with hard case: $1,999.

The Elitist Chet Atkins Country Gentleman is the latest in a series of innovative guitar designs from the man who has been called the world's most influential guitarist. Named after Atkins' 1953 recording, "Country Gentleman," the model first appeared in the Gretsch line in 1957. The Elitist model is based on the thinline, semi-hollowbody Gibson that Atkins designed in 1986. It features such unique Atkins appointments as a banjo-style armrest, a wire tremolo handle and "thumbprint" fingerboard inlays. MSRP with hard case: $2,690.

Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality and value. A division of Gibson since 1957, Epiphone is headquartered in Nashville. For more information visit www.epiphone.com.