Gibson’s ’70s-era RD shape has risen to prominence in recent years at the hands of Ghost’s Nameless Ghouls, and now Epiphone has officially relaunched the guitar… as a signature model for Bring Me The Horizon’s Lee Malia.
That means a Walnut finish on the maple-topped mahogany body, vintage-style Artisan inlays, as well as Gibson USA P-94 single coil and 84T-LM humbucker pickups with coil-splits and ‘dummy coils’ to reduce single-coil hum.
Elsewhere, there’s ivory and black body binding, a torrefied composite fingerboard and LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, while Malia’s signature appears on the back of the headstock.
The Ltd Ed Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit is available from October; there’s no pricing yet, but we’d wager it’ll mirror the £679/$799 price tag of the BMTH man’s Explorer. Epiphone has more info.
Epiphone will face stiff competition from Hagstrom’s Fantomen Ghost signature model, which launched last month and boasts a very similar outline plus Lundgren humbuckers, and comes in white, black and vintage sunburst finishes.