All our setups are done by our in-house trained luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!
I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.
Traditional ’59 Les Paul Construction! There’s little argument that the 1959 Les Paul is the “holy grail” of electric guitars and like the ’59, the new Bonamassa Goldtop shares many of the same coveted features. It starts with a solid Mahogany body married to a hard Maple cap for that unique combination of warmth and bite. Add to that, a traditional Mahogany neck that is hand-fitted and glued “deep” into the body using premium TiteBond(R) glue. Extending well into the neck pickup cavity, the long-neck tenon provides additional strength and stability to the neck and offers more wood-to-wood contact between the neck and body. This ultimately results in sweeter tone and longer sustain. Also true to it’s heritage, the neck features an authentic, 1950’s rounded neck profile. Often referred to as “the baseball bat”, this neck feels beefy yet comfortable in your hands while adding warmth and sustain with it’s greater mass.
Redefining the Blues! Musicians that redefine an art form are few and far between. Yet in the span of a few years, guitarist Joe Bonamassa has single handedly transformed blues rock with his own unique fusion of both old and new ideas. His distinct interpretation of the blues and his extraordinary guitar skills have earned him a fitting a tribute from Epiphone – the new Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop Outfit. Designed in close cooperation with Joe himself, this new signature model captures the essence of Bonamassa’s Goldtop by blending several vintage features from the legendary Les Pauls of the 1950s including a traditional 1959 neck profile and Gibson Burstbucker(TM) pickups with a few modern appointments. Limited to 1,000 guitars worldwide, the new Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Goldtop sets a new standard for affordable performance.
Ultimate Vintage Blues Tone! The classic tone of this new model comes courtesy of Gibson’s famed Burstbucker(TM) pickups. BurstBuckers(TM) replicate the sound of Gibson’s original “Patent Applied For” pickups – the pickups that gave the ’59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. Like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, variations in pickup output and tone also came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson’s winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins “until they were full.” When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little “edge” or “bite” on the classic humbucker sound. That’s the sound BurstBuckers replicate. The neck pickup is a Burstbucker-2 and is wound in the range of Gibson’s ’57 Classic. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-3 and is slightly over-wound with a hotter output that works well in combination with the BB-2 in the neck.
Top Material:Carved Hard Maple Cap
Neck Shape:Rounded D-profile; 1959 shape
Neck Joint:“Deep-Set” Glued-In
Fingerboard Material:Rosewood with pearloid “Trapezoid” inlays
Bridge Pickup:Gibson USA BurstBucker (TM) 3 Humbucker
Neck Pickup:Gibson USA BurstBucker (TM) 2 Humbucker
Controls:Bridge Volume, Neck Volume, Bridge Tone, Neck Tone, Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle
Binding:Body and Fingerboard
Machine Heads:Grover(TM) 14:1 ratio