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You’re known for your love of Les Paul Juniors. Do you mod them at all?
“No, I keep ’em totally stock. I have one that I call Floyd, and it’s the first one I ever bought. I still play it to this day. It’s used on American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown, it’s used on this new record, and it was used on Warning. I love that guitar – it sounds amazing.”
Can we expect to see another signature model at any point?
“I’m doing one with Gibson. It’s a doublecut TV Yellow Les Paul Junior [pictured], and it’s got a single P-90 pickup in it. I’ve been playing that, so it’ll be my cheaper model that I’ll do with Gibson.”
How did your signature Gibson J-180 acoustic come about?
“The J-180 [pictured] used to be The Everly Brothers guitar, their ‘signature’. The original Everly Brothers’ guitar was sitting at Chris Lord- Alge’s studio, and I really liked it. I asked him if I could have it, and he said yeah. I started playing it, and Gibson noticed and asked if they could reissue it under my name, and I said yeah. Maybe they’ll do a cheaper one, but I don’t know.”