Limited to 900 Guitars! Designed with Peter Frampton and inspired by his legendary 1954 Les Paul. Featuring ProBucker™ and CeramicPRO™ open-coil humbuckers, Ebony fretboard, and gold Grover® Rotomatic machine heads.
Epiphone presents the new Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO, an incredible recreation of one of the most legendary guitars in rock ‘n’ roll, overseen by GRAMMYTM winner and Musicians Hall of Fame member Peter Frampton and designed by Epiphone’s luthiers in Nashville, TN. Featuring a classic Les Paul with a weight-relieved Mahogany Body and Hard Maple Cap, Epiphone® ProBucker™ and CeramicPRO™ Open-Coil Humbuckers, Grover® Rotomatic machine heads, and an Ebony fretboard. Available for a limited time only at select Authorized Epiphone dealers and limited to 900 guitars.
The Les Paul Heard ‘Round the World
Peter Frampton was already admired as a guitarist for his work in Humble Pie and for his studio sessions when he became a worldwide superstar in 1976 with the release of his best selling classic, Frampton Comes Alive. As Frampton’s star rose, so did the legend of the guitar that Frampton was holding on the cover of the LP, a unique 1954 Les Paul that was customized as a one-of-a-kind Les Paul Custom with three humbuckers. Frampton’s prized Les Paul was presented as a gift from friend Marc Mariana in 1970 after a Humble Pie concert at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. “Marc said, I have a Les Paul that I just had refinished by Gibson. I just got it back, would you like to try it tomorrow? It was very light for a Les Paul. I tried it that night and I don’t think my feet touched the ground the whole night. It was one of those spectacular moments where I realized this guitar is just incredible. Afterwards I gave it back to him and I said, do you think you’d ever think about selling it? He said, No, I’m going to give it to you.”
From that moment on, Frampton’s Les Paul was his go-to instrument on stage and in the studio until 1980, when the guitar was thought to have been destroyed in a plane crash in Caracas, Venezuela carrying instruments and other tour cargo. But in 2011 in a surprise and emotional reunion, Frampton’s long lost Les Paul was returned to him by Donald Valentina, a Curacao customs agent and amateur guitar player, who discovered that the instrument had survived the crash and arranged for it to be returned to Frampton. Gibson’s world famous repair shop in Nashville painstakingly repaired Frampton’s Les Paul –which he nicknamed “The Phenix,” and returned it to him, scars and all. Now Epiphone’s luthiers, with the help of Frampton, have recreated his trademark Les Paul as it looked when it was given to him at the Fillmore West in 1970!