Formerly known as Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co. Ltd. and now known as the Gibson Brands is founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan by Orville Gibson in 1902. Although, technically speaking, Orville Gibson has started making musical instruments since 1894. It is one of the most ancient and classical companies of all time.
Initially, Gibson produced harp guitars, banjos and mandolins – where the first name came to existence. In the latter and current productions are the basses, electric and acoustic guitars, and strings. Not many companies can turn out to be successful, however, Gibson burgeoned to accomplish in the music industry to produce the highest quality instruments with the most delicate designs, this leads to a spark for Americans, and later, the world.
There are a lot of brand names that are distributed under Gibson, such as the Flying V, SG and Michael Clifford. But, the most popular brand name and has always been one of the world’s best-selling guitars ever built is the Gibson Les Paul. With its first innovation being the solid and semi-hollow body electric guitar issued in the 1950s, which lead to a revolutionary breakthrough and was guided by the Gibson president, Ted McCarty.
Les Paul (originally known as Lester William Polsfuss) was born in 1915 and was a well-known guitarist who specialized in jazz, country, and blues, who was one of the solid-body electric guitar innovators, which in turn, Gibson was inspired by the techniques that Les Paul used. He had many styles that he incorporated into his guitar playing and for years of practicing, he is one of a very few artists who had the honor of being independently exhibited in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
One of Gibson’s subsidiaries, Epiphone, is one of the oldest instrument makers and primary founded by Anastasios Stathopoulos in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire now situated with Gibson in Nashville, Tennessee, was a rival of Gibson during the 1957 archtop designs. Epiphone derived its name from ‘Epaminondas Stathopoulos’, which is a combination of proprietors. Many artists worldwide from decades until modern times have used Epiphone guitars, artists such as the famous Paul McCartney from The Beatles, Ray Toro from My Chemical Romance and Matt Heafy of Trivium.
Epiphone created another model released as a private collection under the Inspired By series having the honor of the legendary guitarist of the Sex Pistols, Steve Jones to take the turn. Steve Jones owned, played and performed with a 1974 Les Paul during those days that have been recreated and incorporating the pin-up stickers on the guitar for unique eye-catching decor for this series.
Steve Jones is born in 1995 in London, England and specialized in guitar and singing. He was ranked in the top 100 list as one of the greatest guitarists of all time in the Rolling Stone Magazine. The Gibson Steve Jones Inspired By Les Paul Guitar is a custom-made masterpiece that is asking to be in the wish list of every nostalgic 70s punk fans out there. But do be warned, the pricing might be very tight for your pocket, so be prepared for this killer beauty.
The Gibson Steve Jones Inspired by Les Paul Guitar has a strong one-piece mahogany body with a carved in maple top, one-piece mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard with 22 frets, this will ensure that the rich and vibrant sound can project for miles. It has a scale length of 24.75”, an ABR-1 bridge with stop bar tailpiece, 496R, and 498 T non-covered humbucker pickups for the reasons of luring the musicians in. There is a 3-way pickup switch, 2 volume and 2 tone controls for extraordinary quality in the modulation of the tones for the artist to make a piece his own.
• Binding: Black
• Body Construction: Double cutaway
• Body Shape: LP
• Body Type: Solid body
• Body Wood: Mahogany
• Bridge: Tune-O-Matic; Fixed
• Pickup Bridge: 498T Humbucker
• Controls: 2 x volume / 2 x tone
• Fretboard Radius: 12”
• Fretboard Material: Ebony
• Finish: Lacquer
• Frets: 22 Jumbo
• Fretboard Inlays: Abalone blocks
• Hardware Color: Gold
• Neck Joint: Set-in
• Pickup Neck: 496R Humbucker
• Neck Shape: ’70s
• Neck Wood: Mahogany
• Number of Pickups: 2
• Number of Strings: 6
• Nut Width: 1.6875” (1 – 11/16″)
• Pickup Selector: 3-way switch type
• Scale Length: 24- ¾”
• String Nut: Synthetic Bone
• Top Wood: Maple
• Tuners: Schaller
• Weight: 10lbs
This vintage and classic beauty with its smooth finish touches is a holy grail, brushed with an aged yellow finish (that was probably originally a white finish with a lot of smoke to create that off-white creation) has a certificate of authenticity and custom shop casing. The estimated price of the custom-made Gibson Steve Jones Inspired by Les Paul Guitar Limited Edition is at $3 000. A killing price for this killing beauty, which takes vintage to a whole new level that one cannot go wrong with, because why not stick to one of the best brands known as Gibson and its subordinate firms?