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Gibson unveils 2018 Les Paul Junior Billie Joe Armstrong Signature model

Green Day frontman dubs LP Jr “by far the coolest guitar on the planet”

Gibson has announced a new signature Les Paul Junior for Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

As part of his take on what he reckons is “by far the coolest guitar on the planet”, Billie Joe has spec’d a single ’57 Classic humbucker, as well as a mahogany body, mahogany slim taper neck and rosewood fingerboard.

Vintage Deluxe tuners and a chrome, non-compensated wraparound tailpiece round out the spec, while three finishes are available: Sonic Blue, Maraschino Cherry and Ebony.

“I like to keep things a blank canvas when it comes to guitars,” Billie Joe says, encouraging guitarists to “sticker it, carve it, paint it themselves, put their own identity to it”.

While we’re all for freedom of expression, we’re not sure many players will be comfortable defacing a guitar priced at $1,399.

Intriguingly, the model is listed under Gibson’s 2018 model year, despite the troubled guitar giant’s 2019 range being pretty much ready to go, as CEO Henry Juszkiewicz confirmed last month.

For more info on the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior, head on over to Gibson.

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