Gibson Guitar, the world's premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology announced today several new models to debut at this year's MUSIKMESSE 2007 in Frankfurt, Germany, March 28 - 31, 2007 in Hall 4.2. Gibson's booth is always one of the most anticipated of the show and guests will have the opportunity to experience some of the world's greatest instruments along with the opportunity to meet Gibson artists. A listing of this exciting news is below.
One of the most radical Les Pauls Gibson has ever made, the Les Paul BFG is a stripped-down, rock 'n' roll machine. Blasted back to the bare essentials, the BFG is the Les Paul for guitarists who want rich, full tone and raw power. Two volume knobs and one tone knob dial in the high-powered Burstbucker 3 humbucker in the bridge position and the screaming, singlecoil P-90 in the neck position. The traditional toggle has been rewired as a kill switch, and a mini-toggle at the volume knobs controls pickup selection. An innovative powerhouse, the BFG has no binding, no figured top, no finishing touches—just pure tone and powerful performance.
Mahogany chambered body and unsanded maple top
Burstbucker 3 bridge pick up
P-90 neck pickup
2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, kill switch
Resurrecting one of the most popular guitars in Gibson's history, the Melody Maker is an accurate, affordable recreation of the original Melody Makers of the late 1950s. Originally introduced as a student model, much like the Les Paul Junior, the Melody Maker became a player's favorite for its light weight, comfortable neck, and great tone. Today's Melody Maker is no exception. With a period-correct pickguard housing a special design singlecoil pickup, a vintage-style wraparound tailpiece, rounded neck profile, and slim, light body, the Melody Maker is an unbelievable value for players of all ages, styles, and skill levels.
Mahogany neck and body
Available in Vintage Sunburst, Ebony, and Worn White finish
Part of the new Modern Classic series from Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman, Montana, the CJ-165 is the next step in the evolution of the iconic SJ 200. With all the resonance of a larger guitar, the CJ-165 is perfect for players needing a smaller body profile for the precision of fingerstyle and flatpicking runs. As comfortable as it is beautiful, the CJ-165 is available with either figured maple or AAA Indian rosewood back and sides. With a Sitka spruce top and 1930s-style, wide-scalloped X-bracing for incredible tone.
Rolled fingerboard edge for great feel
Low string height for effortless playability
The finest pickup and preamp available
Available in Antique Natural or Vintage Sunburst finish
Drawing on the specifications that have made the Les Paul the most legendary electric guitar of all time, the Les Paul Classic Antique continues Gibson's popular Classic line with the vintage touches guitarists love. With a beautiful, figured maple top and acclaimed '57 Classic PAF humbuckers, the Les Paul Classic Antique allows players to experience the power and performance of an original Les Paul at an affordable price. Available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Vintage Sunburst, and Wine Red. More Classic Than Ever.
With all the singing vintage tone of the Les Paul Classic Antique, the Les Paul Classic Custom draws on the legendary Black Beauty Les Pauls of the past. With a beautiful ebony, single-bound body, gold hardware, and new, gold-appointed '57 Classic humbuckers, the Classic Custom looks as amazing as it sounds. An affordable, vintage-styled Les Paul for today's players. Available in Antique Ebony.
The Gibson Custom Shop is proud to present the Kiefer Sutherland Inspired By KS-336. Designed in close cooperation with the legendary film actor and star of the hit series 24, the KS-336 is based on a Custom Shop CS-336 model that Sutherland fell in love with. The Kiefer 336 features a tonally chambered back and sides made from a single piece of mahogany. The top is carved, two-piece maple. The top finish is based on the unique look of an aged Goldtop—Custom has affectionately named the color Kiefer Gold. The fretboard is ebony, with a classic Super 400-style inlay. The hardware is aged nickel and the guitar has a bone nut. The pickups are Gibson '57 Classic Plus humbuckers. The result is the beautiful and distinctive KS-336, a unique and exciting addition to Custom's critically acclaimed Inspired By series.
From his start with country hell raiser David Allen Coe, to 16 years with the Allman Brothers, to the heavy and melodic improvisation of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes has blazed a trail that draws on the best of American music. With the voice of an old-school soul shouter and the guitar prowess of a legend, Haynes is both a formidable band leader and a blistering sideman. And with his carefully crafted Les Paul Standard, including active pre-amp, TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, bone nut and unique Haynes Burst finish, the Gibson Custom Shop is proud to welcome Warren into the Inspired By series of great artists and great guitars.
A true "guitarist's guitarist," Johnny A. is a unique musical talent whose diverse taste allows him to explore everything from progressive rock and jazz fusion, to jump blues and straight-up rock-n-roll. When he collaborated with the famed luthiers of the Gibson Custom Shop on the Johnny A. Signature Model in 2003, the result was an instant classic. With the Inspired By Johnny A. Standard, the Custom Shop takes that bold design and adds a carved mahogany top and other appointments that remain true to the original while delivering a stunning tonal and visual statement all its own.
Gibson Custom continues the exciting Inspired By series with a beautiful two-pickup SG Custom designed to the exact specifications of guitarist Elliot Easton. A founding member of groundbreaking hit makers the Cars, Easton's amazing career has spanned nearly three decades. For his Inspired By model, Elliot started with a classic three-pickup Gibson SG Custom design, and added his own unique modifications. The Inspired By Elliot Easton Custom SG is offered in two eye-catching colors—Pelham Blue and Classic White. With a historically accurate Maestro vibrato that sports Easton's own Tiki-man engraving, the Custom SG represents another exciting collaboration between the greatest guitar builders and the most popular guitarists of all time. Available in both right and left-handed models.
Starting with all the power and punch that has made the Gibson SG one of the most popular guitars of all time, the SG Select adds the beauty of flame maple. With a body carefully carved from solid, bookmatched AAA flame maple, and a three-piece flame maple neck, the SG Select highlights the wood's natural elegance, as well as its incredibly resonant, singing tone. Not only is the SG Select Gibson's most exquisite SG, it also has incredible projection and detailed clarity. Powerful 490R and 498T humbuckers and gold hardware continue the theme of beauty and brawn, allowing the SG Select to set a new standard for singing sustain and handcrafted allure.
Taking tone and attitude to new extremes, the Gibson Explorer Pro is perfectly attuned to the technical demands and punishing intensity of today's hard rock and heavy metal. Based on Gibson's legendary Explorer, the Explorer Pro has been updated with a smaller, lightweight mahogany body and crushingly powerful 496R and 500T humbuckers. Available with either a classic lacquer finish in Ebony or Natural, or a Natural Satin finish with stunning AA flame-maple top and antique binding. With flashy looks and killer sounds, the Explorer Pro is destined to rewrite the rules of rock 'n' roll.
The SG3 pushes the power, sustain, and tonal range of Gibson's legendary SG into new sonic dimensions. Equipped with a radical 6-way pickup switch and three gold-plated Gibson humbuckers—a pair of '57 Classics in the neck and middle positions, and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge position—the SG3 goes where no SG has gone before. Sporting a chicken-head knob, Gibson's exclusive rotary selector offers six pickup settings: bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, neck, and bridge/neck. Combining unrivaled playability with an extraordinary spectrum of sweet yet scorching humbucker tones, the SG3 is the perfect guitar for rock, metal, and blues guitarists.
Fresh off the excitement of the CES show, Gibson is proud to exhibit the HD.6X-Pro Guitar System—the most revolutionary leap forward in guitar manufacturing in more than 50 years. The result of years of research and development, the HD.6X-Pro Guitar System—nicknamed the HD LP—combines the incredible craftsmanship of an ultra-professional Gibson Les Paul with the latest, groundbreaking digital technology. The result may look like a traditional electric guitar, but the HD LP is in fact a complete digital audio system that is poised to usher in a new era of music making. A new world is about to open up to musicians everywhere. Welcome to the 21st Century. Daily demonstrations of the new HD.6X Pro Guitar System will be provided by clinician Bart Walsh in booth.