Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Lazarus 1959 Les Paul Standard - new JB signature guitar

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I also prefer #2. The flames is a bit more irregular, like the real one.
 

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hi Guys, between these two tops - which one do you like more?

#1 has more pronounced texture, although thinner stripes
#2 - wider stripes, I think it looks more in line with actual Joe's Lazarus
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I definitely prefer the figuring on number 2 it looks the best but I don't like a heavy guitar so I would also be taking the weight into consideration if it was me.
 

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Whichever one feels, plays and sounds better.
Bingo.
Appearance is close enough that nobody is going to notice from the 2nd row.
You can't see the top when you're playing.
If you have the opportunity to play both, do so and take the best of the two.
 

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The first one has a more even look for both sides of the top, but I also like the 2nd one, unique and still looking good. You can't go wrong with either. But... the top one is definitely a AAAA top. I am like everyone else though and #2 wins it for me.
 
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I thought maybe the next Bonamassa model might be the new 61 Les Paul SG with the sideways trem he uses but the fact they are still making these makes me think they might make a Skinnerburst in the exact same specs for next year.
 

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I thought maybe the next Bonamassa model might be the new 61 Les Paul SG with the sideways trem he uses but the fact they are still making these makes me think they might make a Skinnerburst in the exact same specs for next year.
I'd be surprised if they are still making these, I think they few stragglers that are appearing are maybe just delayed deliveries. Long and Mcquade here in Canada are saying they can get no more.

The SG makes sense to me to be the 2022 model, especially since they have just released the new 61 SG with one piece neck etc...
 

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I'd be surprised if they are still making these, I think they few stragglers that are appearing are maybe just delayed deliveries. Long and Mcquade here in Canada are saying they can get no more.

The SG makes sense to me to be the 2022 model, especially since they have just released the new 61 SG with one piece neck etc...and out of 9 Epi sig models we have had 6 LP's
 

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I'd be surprised if they are still making these, I think they few stragglers that are appearing are maybe just delayed deliveries. Long and Mcquade here in Canada are saying they can get no more.

The SG makes sense to me to be the 2022 model, especially since they have just released the new 61 SG with one piece neck etc...
Point being that Lazarus is effectively a '59 without the burst... Epiphone is still making them (though the '59 is hard to get).
I passed on the JB "Normburst" because, IMHO, it was just a burst (clownburst), and I have a Gibson burst model.
I bought the Black Beauty because it was unique and not something in Epi or Gibson's normal production line.

With nothing more than an email approving it, Epiphone could do another run of Normburst, Lazarus, or a new Skinnerburst changing nothing other than final finishing on the '59 line.
Models like the Firebird, Amos, Black Beauty, and 335 had a greater impact on the production line itself.

But I agree that a '61 with the Vibrola would make sense for Joe's next signature model. He's done Les Pauls for the last 3 years. Skinnerburst was "news" a couple of years ago, the Black Beauty and Lazarus were recent acquisitions... as was Amos before it was released (still kicking myself for passing on that one)
 

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I sent my Lazarus off to the Luthier for a complete workover. I put the new faber bridge on, but the nut still needed a little adjustment and maybe the neck with a slight buzz in the low E string. I got my new Gibson back from my Luthier and wanted my Lazarus to be as perfect as one can make it. So Lazarus is getting a fret leveling, nut and neck adjustment/setup so she should come back spectacular like any guitar I take to my Luthier. I can't wait for her to come back, then I can give her, my LP Custom and new Gibson a good run against each other and see what's what.
 

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What’s that to the left of the SG?
That would be a Springer Guitar's VNS Seraph Goldtop, his version of a 54. It has a transparent gold back and roasted Maple top.
 

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It's a 2 piece, the grain on the front had me checking with some bright light for sure!

The grain on the back isn't quite as straight.
from what ive seen it's a 2 piece body. these are really nice guitars!! one piece necks!! epiphone is kicking ass and taking names! if you are an SG person this is deff the guitar to get or not... only thing is they should of used the 61s in these guitars... though i think the BB's sound better....
 

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Point being that Lazarus is effectively a '59 without the burst... Epiphone is still making them (though the '59 is hard to get).
I passed on the JB "Normburst" because, IMHO, it was just a burst (clownburst), and I have a Gibson burst model.
I bought the Black Beauty because it was unique and not something in Epi or Gibson's normal production line.

With nothing more than an email approving it, Epiphone could do another run of Normburst, Lazarus, or a new Skinnerburst changing nothing other than final finishing on the '59 line.
Models like the Firebird, Amos, Black Beauty, and 335 had a greater impact on the production line itself.

But I agree that a '61 with the Vibrola would make sense for Joe's next signature model. He's done Les Pauls for the last 3 years. Skinnerburst was "news" a couple of years ago, the Black Beauty and Lazarus were recent acquisitions... as was Amos before it was released (still kicking myself for passing on that one)

I had an Amos, I took it back to the store after a few days. V's not my thing. Although I kick myself now that I should have given it more time. Had the Firebird I also. Sold that last year. In farness I had that since release and never played it. I find Firebirds somewhat cumbersome. However, I still think I should have kept it......Had 2 of the Pelham Blue's also. Neck on those was chunky, great sounding guitar though.

So yeah, my money is on an SG for 2022 from Epi/JB. However it is 10 years and the 10th guitar so maybe a re-issue of the Gold Top with the black plastics?
 

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