Epiphone Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit

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These look pretty sweet!

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/gui...electric-guitar-outfit?rNtt=bonamassa&index=1


OVERVIEW
Featuring ProBucker humbuckers, Bigsby B7 vibrato, custom hard case and more.

The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is Epiphone’s sixth Signature model with GRAMMY nominated blues legend and expect vintage collector Joe Bonamassa. Featuring the classic ES-355 semi-hollowbody archtop profile with an ebony finish, gold hardware, ProBucker humbuckers, Mallory capacitors, a Bigsby B7 vibrato and Vibramate string spoiler, custom hard case, and hand-signed certificate of authenticity.

Classic ES-355 Semi-Hollowbody Archtop - Ebony fingerboard and Graphtech Nubone nut
For nearly a decade, Epiphone and Joe Bonamassa have worked together to make stunning recreations of Joe’s favorite rare vintage guitars that anyone can afford. The new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is modeled after Joe’s “3 Kings Tour” semi-hollowbody archtop that was originally honored by the Gibson Custom Shop.

“I have always loved the look and sound of black 355 guitars,” said Bonamassa. “Epiphone once again has masterfully re-created a guitar initially built for me by the Gibson Custom shop that I used on my Live at The Greek Theater DVD at a price point that is totally affordable for players and collectors of great ES guitars. Thank you once again it is an honor as always.”

The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit has a 3-ply maple/poplar/maple top and body with a beautiful ebony finish adorned with multi-layer white & black binding on the top, back, and on the sloped dovewing headstock. The mahogany neck has 24.75” scale with a SlimTaper-D profile with 22 medium jumbo frets.

The ebony fingerboard has pearloid block inlays and a 1.68” Graphtech Nubone nut that is as hard as a traditional bone nut, but longer lasting. The headstock has the "Epiphone" logo in pearloid and the back of the headstock has a "Joe Bonamassa" signature reproduced in gold silkprint along with a "2018" Limited Edition logo. The tortoise shell-inspired pickguard has multi-layer binding and a metal “E” logo.

Gold ProBucker Humbuckers
The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is powered by critically acclaimed ProBucker humbuckers with gold covers and alnico II magnets, the same pickups Joe chose for his Ltd. Ed. “Amos” Korina Flying “V” Outfit. The neck position has a ProBucker 2 and the bridge position has a ProBucker 3 that is slightly overwound to emulate the tone of 1950s-era hand wound “PAF style” humbuckers. Controls for each pickup’s Volume and Tone come with black "Top Hat" knobs with metal pointers and include world-class Mallory 150 Capacitors along with a Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector with an amber toggle cap.

Epiphone Hardware
Like all Epiphones, Joe Bonamassa’s Signature Ltd. Ed. ES-355 features rock solid hardware including a gold ABR-1 LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and a Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece with a Vibramate string spoiler for quick string changes. Tuning is fast and accurate with Grover Rotomatic machine heads with an 18:1 tuning ratio. A stylish vintage-inspired hard case is included with Bonamassa’s logo and Nerdville, CA in classic army-style typeface along with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity.

FEATURES
  • Based on Bonamassa’s Gibson Custom Shop ES-355 semi-hollowbody archtop
  • Classic ES-355 profile with ebony fretboard and gold hardware
  • ProBucker Humbuckers with Mallory capacitors
  • Bigsby B7 vibrato and Vibramate string spoiler
  • Custom hard case and hand-signed certificate of authenticity.
Trust Joe to put his name on a great guitar. Order this Extra-Special 355 today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Laminated
  • Top wood: Maple/poplar/maple
  • Body wood: Maple/poplar/maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearloid block
  • Nut width: 1.68 in. (42.67 mm) GraphTech
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: ProBucker 2
  • Bridge: ProBucker 3
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Special electronics: Mallory 150 Capacitors (.022uF)
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby B7
  • Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic
  • Color: Gold
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Country of origin: China
 

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They look absolutely fantastic, but at a very high price point for Epi. I love them! But given the choice to get one, I'd keep saving for a 335 :). Look beautiful, though... and Ebony is making a comeback in Epiphone, that's nice, with the Framptons and now this.

Took them a while to finally show it, though! It's been known for a while that they're coming.
 

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$999.00 is very expensive fir an Epiphone.
 

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Considering the specs that these guitars have? Not really.

It has an actual ebony fretboard as opposed to plastic for one thing...

Yeah, that is a 15$ piece of wood. All the rest it's made out of a pallet wood.... :)

You are paying the signature there. Guitar it's always the same base you can pay much less in other forms. (An Epiphone ES 335 pro in ebony costs around 450$)
 
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Yeah, that is a 15$ piece of wood. All the rest it's made out of a pallet wood.... :)

You are paying the signature there. Guitar it's always the same base you can pay much less in other forms. (An Epiphone ES 335 pro in ebony costs around 450$)
A generic ES335 in ebony doesn't have an ebony fretboard tho. And ebony makes a whole world of difference to the guitar aesthetically and in terms of feel. Bigsby B7's with Vibramates are not exactly cheap either. It also comes with an OHSC while a base 335 doesn't iirc.

And the assumption that such an Epiphone is made out of pallet wood? That's utter bullshit and you know it.

Are you likely to get more guitar for less money somewhere else? Sure, but $1000 certainly isn't unheard of for the higher-end signature Epiphones. If you want to start a pissing contest over pricing, don't get me started on Gibson.
 

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A generic ES335 in ebony doesn't have an ebony fretboard tho. And ebony makes a whole world of difference to the guitar aesthetically and in terms of feel. Bigsby B7's with Vibramates are not exactly cheap either. It also comes with an OHSC while a base 335 doesn't iirc.

And the assumption that such an Epiphone is made out of pallet wood? That's utter bullshit and you know it.

Are you likely to get more guitar for less money somewhere else? Sure, but $1000 certainly isn't unheard of for the higher-end signature Epiphones. If you want to start a pissing contest over pricing, don't get me started on Gibson.

I wasn't starting any contest. I'm just saying Epiphone is now playing same game as Gibson with the prices, just (of course) in a different market.
 

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I wasn't starting any contest. I'm just saying Epiphone is now playing same game as Gibson with the prices, just (of course) in a different market.
They always have. Nothing new to see here.
 

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They always have. Nothing new to see here.

Yeah, but with same money you can buy a gorgeous 3 P90 Riviera Custom with Bigsby, and you still have money for a epiphone ES335 dot.
 

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Yeah, but with same money you can buy a gorgeous 3 P90 Riviera Custom with Bigsby, and you still have money for a epiphone ES335 dot.
Neither of those guitars come with the same set of features as the JB 355 tho.

i never said that this guitar was amazing value for money, but considering the fact that it's a signature, has an ebony board, (which gets a significant markup regardless of the brand), an OHSC and $250 worth of Bigsby B7 and Vibramate, it isn't exactly ridiculous either.
 

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Looks really great to me with a couple of comments.

1. That appears to be an import Bigsby B70, not a US made sand cast B7.

2. Why the string spoiler instead of actually drilling the string bar? It’s such a simple thing to do and looks much cleaner to me. I’ve drilled a couple of mine.
 

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Makes me want to break out my Sheraton. Too bad it is in storage 150 miles away. :(
 

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