LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa has joined forces with Gibson Brands once again to announce the limited release of the Epiphone Polymist Gold Firebird I and the Epiphone Tobacco Sunburst Firebird I. These guitars were carefully crafted and modeled after the original 1963 Gibson FIREBIRD 1 and are of highly limited supply.
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Offered to true historic specifications, the Joe Bonamassa Firebird I is presented in two finish options: Polymist Gold and Tobacco Sunburst. The neck consists of double-carved, one-piece genuine mahogany and the fingerboard features one-piece, hand-rolled Indian rosewood with cellulose trapezoid inlays. The reverse Firebird body shape pairs a two-piece maple top with a one-piece genuine mahogany back. Also, the guitar features custom add-ons like the ProBucker™ FB720, a one-of-a-kind faithful recreation of the original early 60s Firebird pickup and exclusive Kluson®'s superb re-issue of the original Firebird/Banjo style tuners.
"When Epiphone approached me about doing this guitar, I said we have to base it on a very special guitar called 'Treasure,' which is my original 1963 Firebird I. This guitar was loaned to me by a gentleman named Dan Silverman. He came to a show in Portland, OR and came up to me and said 'Joe, I want you to play this in good health, take it on the road, and give it another life.' He bought it new in 1963. I immediately named it 'Treasure' because it's one of my prized possessions. I've used it on a lot of different records. I've played 'Slow Train' on it more times than I can remember."
Joe's guitar tech Mike Hickey added, "The very first year of this guitar doesn't have 'Firebird' on the pick guard – that's how you can tell the year. This guitar also doesn't have the tremolo, which is a rarity. Joe uses this guitar for the song 'Slow Train' and we use a capo at the second fret so you're in F-sharp."
This newest 2016 Epiphone model joins the successful series of custom Joe Bonamassa Signature Guitars manufactured by Gibson Custom Shop, Gibson USA Factory and Epiphone Custom Shop.
For more information on the Epiphone Firebird I, please visit shop.jbonamassa.com.
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