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Epiphone releases a ltd. edition of the Johnny A. signature model

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I just played the gibson version and i must admit, one of the best modern gibson s i've ever played or heard. not crazy about all the bling but a heck of a guitar!

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I just played the gibson version and i must admit, one of the best modern gibson s i've ever played or heard. not crazy about all the bling but a heck of a guitar!

– paul pigat

Tension bar and all? Some people call those Bigsby tension bars "dealbreakers" because "they don't stay in tune"... Johnny A doesn't seem to have a problem keeping them in tune...

I've read nothing but raves about this model. A true Gibson "modern classic". But even the lesser-expensive ones are still up there! (part of that is Gibson itself; they've gotten nuts with prices in recent years)

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Does anyone know the body depth and the width of the lower bout? I couldn't find that info anywhere on the Epi web site.

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If it's the same as the Gibson (I'm sure it must be), it's 14"-14.25", can't remember.

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Well the guitar does nothing for me but then I haven't played one. I don't generally like double-cuts, and that's an ugly double cut in my eyes. Prefer shorter scale too.

But I often love artist models. As others have said you get features you might never otherwise see. I don't really care who the artist might be - I don't play an SSLVO specifically because of Setzer, even though I really rate Brian Setzer. I play an SSLVO because I like the features. I also like John Mayer Strats while really not being a fan of his - in fact I really don't care for his playing at all although he seems like a good guy.

I love the Luther Dickinson 335 even though I've barely heard Luther Dickinson play. Great guitar which would never have existed without him. The Eric Johnson Strat is cool - and I cannot stand EJ's playing! Totally not my thing.

So I couldn't care less about whose guitar it is, the integrity or otherwise - all irrelevant to me. If I like the guitar that's all I care about. Artist models often bring cool specs to guitars we wouldn't otherwise see. I'm all for that.

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Jimmy- I don't like doublecuts either- I REALLY dislike the Grestch ones. Strat-types only. The Johnny A is one of the very few doublecuts I've ever liked.

But yeah- more for me is the uniqueness of the design, and especially the scale length... getting a Gibson with a thinline body (full hollow) and a 25.5" scale? Very unique. And I love the tones Johnny A pulls out of it- which is always my first reason.

I used to GAS for an ES-295, but they're just too big for me. I love my Hot Rod, but I can't go any bigger than that and the play the thing while standing up! So unless is a dedicated jazzbox (like a Gibson Johnny SMITH or something) that I'm going to play sitting down, it's got to be sized right.... the JA has a 14" lower bout, thinline, full hollow, 25.5" scale. Pretty unique feature set.

I thought about a Casino or ES-335 for a hot minute, but the 24-3/4" scale is of not interest to me: I have that in my Hot Rod, and one is enough when you prefer the 25.5" scale (of course, I'm not a stickler: if I picked up a 24-3/4" scale guitar a fell in love with it, then I'd buy it). Actually started looking at Country Gents and Tennessee Roses for awhile...

And I dig the bling. I'm a tele guy, so none of my guitars are blingy- even my Hot Rod: the blingy-est thing about it is the Candy Apple Red finish lol. So 1 blingy guitar in the stable would be cool.

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I bought a Gibson Johnny A last year and am still totally in love with it. Probably gets more attention than any particular Gretsch I have, although I don't gig with it too often yet, because I'm a little more comfortable with the master volume feature on the Gretsch line. Guitar is well made, nice looking and can help create some great sounds. I would look at the Epi model if I didn't have this one.

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re: the Epi version... I'm sure it'll sounds pretty good stock, but I'd really like to get one and put in some P90's... man i bet it would scream!!!

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Well the guitar does nothing for me but then I haven't played one. I don't generally like double-cuts, and that's an ugly double cut in my eyes. Prefer shorter scale too.

But I often love artist models. As others have said you get features you might never otherwise see. I don't really care who the artist might be - I don't play an SSLVO specifically because of Setzer, even though I really rate Brian Setzer. I play an SSLVO because I like the features. I also like John Mayer Strats while really not being a fan of his - in fact I really don't care for his playing at all although he seems like a good guy.

I love the Luther Dickinson 335 even though I've barely heard Luther Dickinson play. Great guitar which would never have existed without him. The Eric Johnson Strat is cool - and I cannot stand EJ's playing! Totally not my thing.

So I couldn't care less about whose guitar it is, the integrity or otherwise - all irrelevant to me. If I like the guitar that's all I care about. Artist models often bring cool specs to guitars we wouldn't otherwise see. I'm all for that.

– JimmyR

Why did I have to go and google "Luther Dickinson 335"? You're killing me Jimmy.

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As for 335s, I'm more of the Rich Robinson man myself...

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Ah, I never liked those "Custom Made" plaques, they ruin the whole aesthetic of the guitar.

I can say for damn sure, that if I were actually having a guitar custom made, that plaque is pretty much the last thing I would request.

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This is a pretty good interview with Johnny about his Gibson sig... looks like it's not just an excuse to put his name on it. He really put a lot of thought into this. Pretty cool indeed

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I picked up one of these guitars a few days ago. So far, very pleased! It's a really nice guitar. Plays super smooth... feels great and sounds fantastic. Pretty much how it sounds in the demo i just posted... of course i don't have his chops

I raised up the neck pick up and then raised the screws on the EAD strings on the neck pup as well. Lots of clarity and spank!

The build quality is pretty good overall, feels like a well built instrument.

Here are a few pics

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I watched all the videos posted and really enjoyed them ,i didn't know who johnny a was but now i do, nice guitar i'm thinking about getting one now. or a 175 model. thanks for the pics.

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If that guitar plays as well as it looks, you have a definite winner imo. Congrats!

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Love the guitar. It looks like a young offspring of a Guild ST and a Gibson Trini Lopez.

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The Trini Lopez is the bomb i always lusted for that certain guitar but thier pretty hard to find and i probably can't afford one either.

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Yes, he is the guitarist in the Yardbirds right now. I did a gig with Jim McCarty last weekend, and he said they (The Yardbirds) are going to record a new album.

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Love the guitar. It looks like a young offspring of a Guild ST and a Gibson Trini Lopez.

– Don Birchett

Both great looking guitars.


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