One of the most renowned guitarists of his generation and a passionate collector of original Les Paul Standards, Joe Bonamassa is on a mission to share the instruments he loves with his legion of ardent fans and fellow guitar aficionados. As part of his ongoing partnership with Epiphone, Joe has released a re-creation of a singularly distinctive guitar from his staggering collection. The Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” Outfit is a direct model of Joe’s vintage 1960 LP Standard found at Norm’s Rare Guitars in Tarzana, California. With the original paperwork and tags still tied around the headstock, this unicorn of a guitar looked like it was fresh off the factory floor in Kalamazoo, Michigan, circa 1960. On the collectors’ market, an original model like this can command prices of up to $250,000. But now, you can take home the classic good looks and incendiary tone that made these vintage LPs true rock and roll icons. Featuring an all-mahogany neck and body with a stunning AAA flame maple cap, vintage appointments, and a set of ProBucker humbucking pickups, the Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” Outfit is a total stunner that couldn’t be more excited about.
Based on the cleanest vintage Les Paul in Joe’s Collection
Joe Bonamassa’s epic collection of guitars and amps has become almost as famous as Joe himself. Affectionally dubbed “The Bona-seum,” it is a living history of guitar craftsmanship, as curated by Joe. Suffice it to say, the man knows his vintage axes. So, when he claims the 1960 Les Paul that inspired this special “Norm Burst” edition is the cleanest vintage Les Paul he’s ever seen, that means something. True to its inspiration, the Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” Outfit features a richly toned mahogany body, AAA flame maple cap, cream LP-style pickguard, Top Hat knobs, and a distinctive “tomato soup” burst for an extraordinary instrument that looks as good as it sounds.
A duo of humbuckers delivers rock-solid tone
There’s a reason Joe Bonamassa keeps coming back to the tried-and-true combo of premium dual humbucking pickups. With a ProBucker 3 at the bridge and a ProBucker 2 at the neck, the Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard “Norm Burst” Outfit is as close to a vintage Les Paul as it gets. Specially engineered for authentic PAF tone, these humbuckers go from dark and intense to smokin’ hot, delivering the classic bark and bite that rockers and blues guitarists have sought for decades.
SlimTaper neck designed for speed and comfort
Early Les Pauls were known for having thick tree-trunk style necks. While a massy neck shape is excellent for chunky blues leads and howling sustain it isn’t ideal for fast-fingered players that want to rip up and down the fingerboard. To meet those players’ needs, Gibson introduced the SlimTaper neck in 1959. Designed for speed and comfort, the SlimTaper is considered by some to be the most playable Les Paul neck ever developed. The Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul “Norm Burst” Outfit features the SlimTaper neck in resonant mahogany with a vibrant Indian laurel fingerboard, so can you tear off blazing hot licks just like Joe.