John Rich of Big and Rich recently sat down with the Epiphone team and designed a one-of-a-kind custom Masterbilt DR-500RA. Complete with Rhinestone appointments and "Cowboy Stevie Wonder" pearl fretboard inlay, the guitar (which John has affectionaltely named "Big Country") was completed and presented to John at the Fontanelle "Plowboy Mansion" in Nashville.

The universe of Big & Rich is a rollicking moveable feast inhabited by a cast of indelible characters, starting with Messrs. Big and Rich themselves. One's a six-foot-three former carpenter with a rep as Nashville's universal minister of love and a backlog of songs ranging from country laments to psychedelic rockers to something called "Disco Ball." The other's shorter, slyer and younger, a Texan with an angelic voice and a wicked gleam in his eye.

Their first project, "Horse of a Different Color" includes thirteen songs. The kind of genre-hopping, fence-busting, gully-whumping statement of purpose that doesn't bust out of Nashville or New York, or L.A., or anywhere else-too often these days. It may well be that true rarity in the music business: something new under the sun. "Country music without prejudice," they call it.

Gibson President Dave Berryman presents John with the custom DR-500RA.


John broke out in an impromptu song.


Look for Big and Rich on tour this Summer!


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