For our fans in Europe and the UK, don't miss Epiphone's newest Signature Artist Jared James Nichols in action with his Ltd. Ed. Jared James Nichols “Old Glory” Les Paul Custom Outfit at guitar clinics this summer in Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and beyond. Jared grew up in Les Paul's hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is one of the boldest and most exciting guitar players around. And you won't ever see him playing with a pick! Jared's next clinic will be held June 18 in Berlin, Germany at Just Music. Jared will then head to Italy for clinics in Milan (6/19) and Verona (6/21) before heading to Athens and Istanbul late next week. Visit Jared's Facebook page for details and a full itinerary.

Read our exclusive interview and check out “Old Glory” at your nearest Authorized Epiphone Dealer. "Old Glory" features a classic 1955-style Les Paul® Custom body with a single Seymour Duncan P-90 pickup, an Ebony fingerboard with traditional block inlays, Grover  tuners, and an EpiLite case along with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Jared's Les Paul is based on a similar LP Custom loaned to him by legend Joe Perry of Aerosmith.  

"I was in a rehearsal studio in LA and it was the same place where was making their last record," Jared told Epiphone. "And me and my band were jamming in another room and long story short, Steven Tyler walked in and said: “Who are you?  What are you doing?” (Laughs) And we started talking and he said: “Man, you play so well. We’re making a record in the back—why don’t you come over?”

So I went in the back and they had racks of Joe (Perry)’s guitars and Joe was back there. And he said: “Ok, hold on. You should try this one.” And he pulled out a vintage 1958 Les Paul Custom but all the pickups had been pulled out of it except for the bridge. And they said: “Now that’s a guitar—you have to try this!” So sure enough, I took that guitar and immediately I fell in love…there was something about having a simple guitar and a simple configuration that as a player, really inspired me and pushed me. To get all the sounds out of it, you have to work hard on the way you play and give close attention to your picking dynamics and your attack.”