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Joe Bonamassa Collaborates With Epiphone to Create a Replica of His Rare "Black Beauty" Les Paul!

Joe Bonamassa has once again partnered with Epiphone to lovingly replicate one of his most-prized guitars, his "Black Beauty" Les Paul Custom. The 1958 Gibson™ Les Paul™ Custom in black - otherwise known as the “Black Beauty,” is one of the rarest electric guitars made and one of the most coveted. This limited-edition recreation has a 50s neck profile for an era-correct feel, LP Custom bound body and neck, non-weight relieved mahogany body, unique vintage tuners, Orange Drop® capacitors, CTS® potentiometers, two Epiphone ProBucker™ 2 and one ProBucker™ 3 pickups, Switchcraft® output jack, and classic black hardshell case with gold hardware and yellow gold plush lining.
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Epiphone ProBucker Humbucker

ProBucker™ humbucker Pickups

The classic "P.A.F" sound is closer than you think

Epiphone's ProBucker™ humbucker has quietly become one of the most talked about pickups in the industry. It has fooled experts, vintage purists, and even luthiers who have worked with the best vintage examples from the late 50s and early 60s. Epiphone ProBucker™ humbuckers are the real deal--made with 18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers, the same alloy used by Gibson at the Kalamazoo factory when the humbucker was first invented. The use of Nickel Silver reduces the occurrence of eddy currents due to low conductivity and provides a more transparent and crisp output. The size and shape of the bobbins also has a great impact on tonal response. And the bobbins used on ProBucker™ pickups duplicate the size and shape of the gold standard in the industry, Gibson humbuckers. Epiphone ProBucker™ pickups also feature sand cast Alnico II magnets, high quality 4 conductor lead wire, and are vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.

Joe Bonamassa Black Beauty Les Paul Custom Specifications

Body

Body Shape
Les Paul
Body Material
Mahogany
Top
Mahogany
Binding
Multi-ply Custom
Finish
Ebony Gloss

Neck

Material
Mahogany
Profile
50s
Scale Length
24.72" / 628mm
Fingerboard Material
Ebony, Antique Ivory binding
Fingerboard Radius
12.01"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Medium Jumbo
Nut Material
Graph Tech® NuBone®
Nut Width
1.69" / 43mm
End of Board Width
2.26" / 57.35mm
Inlays
Pearloid blocks
Joint
Glued-In, Set Neck; Long Tenon

Hardware

Finish
Gold
Tuner Plating
Gold
Bridge
LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic™
Tailpiece
LockTone™ Stop Bar
Tuning Machines
Epiphone Historic
Pickguard
Les Paul, 5-ply
TrussRod
Dual Action
Truss Rod Cover
2-ply "Les Paul Custom"
Control Knobs
Black Top Hat knobs with dial pointers
Switch Tip
Cream
Switchwasher
Black; Rhythm/Treble in Gold hot stamp
Jack Plate Cover
Square Plate; Black PVC
Plastic Parts
Black; PVC
Control Covers
Black; PVC
Strap Buttons
2 Gold
Mounting Rings
Black; PVC
Pickup Covers
Gold

Electronics

Neck Pickup
ProBucker™ 2
Middle Pickup
ProBucker™ 2
Bridge Pickup
ProBucker™ 3
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone; CTS® potentiometers, Orange Drop® capacitors
Pickup Selector
Switchcraft® 3-way toggle
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft®

Miscellaneous

Strings
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Hardshell
Accessories
Certificate of Authenticity binder

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Epiphone reserves the right to change specifications without notice.