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.