This is a limited edition of only 300. The original owner ordered this guitar from Joe Bonamassa's website, and then got to meet Joe when he played in South Bend, IN. The tickets from the show are shown in the pictures. They are autographed, and the guitar, itself, is autographed! The original owner only played the guitar a couple of times in his house, so this guitar is mint, and it includes all the case candy. The guitar sounds and plays wonderfully, and it has such a cool case. This will be a collector's item for sure, especially with the autograph. Epiphone only made 300 of the guitar with the signature inlay, and they were only available through Joe's website. Below is the original press release from his site about the guitars.
from Joe Bonamassa's website:
Press Release Epiphone and Joe Bonamassa Present
The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit & Custom Inlay Outfit
Featuring ProBuckerTM humbuckers, a Bigsby™ B7 Vibrato, and Custom Hard Case
(October 24, 2018 - Nashville, TN) Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit, the 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, ProBuckerTM humbuckers, Mallory Capacitors, a Bigsby™ B7 Vibrato and Vibramate® String Spoiler, Custom Hard Case, and Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity.
Epiphone will also release the exclusive Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Custom Inlay Outfit featuring a “Joe Bonamassa” signature in Pearloid, available exclusively on shop.jbonamassa.com and limited to only 300 guitars.
For nearly a decade, Epiphone and Joe Bonamassa have worked together to make stunning recreations of Joe’s favorite vintage guitars that anyone can afford. This time, the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is modeled after Joe’s personal ES-355 hollowbody archtop built by the Gibson Custom Shop for his Grammy nominated tribute show honoring the “Kings” of the Blues.
“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. The Mahogany neck has 24.75” scale with a SlimTaper™-D profile with 22 medium jumbo frets along with an Ebony fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and Graphtech® Nubone™ nut. The Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit is powered by critically acclaimed ProBuckerTM humbuckers with gold covers and Alnico II magnets, the same pickups Joe chose for his Epiphone Ltd. Ed. “Amos” Korina Flying “V” Outfit. 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.
Watch Joe Bonamassa’s demonstration of this ES-355 here:
The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa ES-355 Standard Outfit will start being available in stores in December 2018. See your Authorized Epiphone Dealer to order one today while supplies last!