Judas Priest featuring Epiphone Signature Artist Richie Faulkner
will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019 with new music and a new world tour.
"We’re already having discussions every now and again in the band, with our label, our promoters and management,” singer Rob Halford said in an interview with WMMR in Philadelphia. “We have some ideas and when we get close to solidifying something, we’ll let you know. It’s going to be a great year -- what a celebration. Another incredible milestone for Judas Priest that we’re looking forward to sharing with everybody.”
Richie Faulkner's critically acclaimed Ltd. Ed. Korina Flying V Custom Outfit was designed by Faulkner
with Epiphone's luthiers in Nashville and features a classic Flying-V with EMG™ active pickups, 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 gigbag.
"It's an honor to be part of the heritage," Faulkner told Epiphone
.com. "My first proper guitar was an Epiphone and I still got it upstairs. So Epiphone goes way back with me. Being a part of that is amazing really. And the way this one came about is I approached Epiphone to see if they could make a copy of the Gibson I use with Judas Priest. It's basically a '58 shaped bound body and headstock with EMGs. And then throughout the years since I made my first Gibson, I've made my own custom additions--EMG 57/66 pickups, a Floyd Rose® Tremolo and bridge, a double scratch plate to stop the studs from scratching the paint on the body and stuff like that. And that's basically what it is. And I play it every night with Priest and the Epiphones are going to be no different."
Read the rest of our exclusive interview
along with our feature on Judas Priest's 2018 tour for their latest album, Firepower
and play one of Richie's Flying V's while supplies last at your favorite Authorized Epiphone Dealer.