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    New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Just checked out Joe's instagram page and saw he posted pics and a video of an Amos prototype:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUcpAX0Fbaz/

    With Epiphone doing a bunch of new signature models this year, I can only speculate they will be releasing this later in the year. If it's anything like the Firebird signature model, I'm sure it will be great. 🤘

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I would hope it has the off bias grain matching the V effect at the center line and matching one piece neck, not maple with spanish headstock joint.
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    that looks killer - I wonder if it's real korina - I love the case !!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    He's killin' me LOL

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Music is the BEST!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    It'll be interesting to find out if it's solid woods or laminates. I know on the regular Epi V's they used a number of pieces of wood and a veneer over the top and back. I hope it's solid, two piece body and a one piece neck. If it's made as well as my JB Firebird, it could be next..

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    It'll be interesting to find out if it's solid woods or laminates. I know on the regular Epi V's they used a number of pieces of wood and a veneer over the top and back. I hope it's solid, two piece body and a one piece neck. If it's made as well as my JB Firebird, it could be next..
    I feel ya, Don. That Firebird is just a killer good guitar. Kudo's to brother Joe for making it happen.
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Looks kind of cool but I don't like the three screw truss rod cover or the stenciled case but I understand why they did it that way. Will the grain go on the bias?

    I have a JB FB that I refinished but unless this one has some features I don't know about I would probably just get an Epi reissue V which they already make. Not really in the market though.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    For years I've noticed that Gibson guitars reproduced by Epiphone seemed to always be delivered with medium frets even when the originals had medium-jumbo or jumbo frets. As a fan of jumbo frets I'm usually less than comfortable with that. I'd be reticent to buy one without playing it first.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I'm ready to play one. Whoever they have building their sig. guitars now are doing a nice job. My Brent Hinds sig. Epi. V is a really nice guitar regardless of price. I like it more than my '00 Gibson V. The Amos looks nice and has my favorite control layout for a V.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Hey Joe,
    Will these have a Mahogany or Korina neck or the maple like the earlier Epi's?
    thank you if you reply.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by sws1 View Post
    I taught Joe that lick.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by GotTheSilver View Post
    I taught Joe that lick.
    Ain't that the one I showed you?
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Ain't that the one I showed you?
    Touche!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

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    Flyingv Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Just heard today from a dealer that they are starting to take pre-orders for these. The price I was told was $899 with a Feb 2018 release date but I assume both are subject to change.



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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Nothing against Joe, he be a monster....but can anyone tell me why this is different from the recent issues of Vs? I know the pickguard, truss rod cover finish and neck materials are different, but really... what makes it so different?

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    It's a working man's CC in V form. I don't think Gibson offers a rosewood board on any V now, and this control layout is the most friendly for me.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by HI-TONE View Post
    Hey Joe,
    Will these have a Mahogany or Korina neck or the maple like the earlier Epi's?
    thank you if you reply.
    None were Korina, (White Limba), bodies. Butcher block mystery wood with some kind of veneer.
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    https://www.session.de/EPIPHONE-Joe....chparam=korina

    This is from a German store. price is 899euro, whereas the standard 58 korina is 498euros here. ITs got gibson burstbuckers and a gigbag

    Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1958 "Amos" LTD Flying-V Outfit

    Replika von Joe Bonamassas Original 1958 Flying V
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    It's got Epiphones Probuckers 2 and 3.

    http://www.epiphone.com/News/Feature...-Flying-V.aspx

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Nice! I got the same email this morning. I really hope it's Solid pieces of Limba. If it's pieces with veneer, then I won't buy one. Always wanted a "V" after seeing the Kinks in 1965... But I sure don't want a guitar that's a collection of smaller pieces glued up. A guitar body like that won't resonate correctly and will have too many conflicting standing waves from the string vibrations.. I have a friend of mine who was with Gibson Artist Relations for 12 years here in L.A. I had asked him about the Epi Flying V back around 2003 and he flat out said that they were blocks of wood with a veneer all the way around and had a scarf joint headstock.. I didn't buy one. However the Epi Firebird VII they had was solid woods and glued up like a real
    Gibson FB! I bought one of those and added a set of Duncan Custom shop mini's and some CTS pots, etc. Was a nice guitar. I ended up selling it when I found a copper mist Gibson FB VII that I play to this day. The 11 piece body/neck thru is the same for the regular production models vs. Custom Shop and came with a real ABR-1, not the Nashville piece o' shite bridge that the USA models were using. anyway..
    Last edited by TM1; 11-27-17 at 02:55 PM.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Headstock Wings, Neck Blank, Truss Stripe, Fretboard, 2 caps, body blank, and roughly 7 glue seams not counting all the fancy add-ons or headstock break is a basic Les Paul. An ES-335 is about 4 times that. Ah, I give up!!


    That said, first complaint on any Epi for me is the lack of traditional grain filling and instead going with the Fender approach. As said, I think the regular "'58 V" Epi is a multi piece bod with very thin veneers to complete the look, they've had a couple different neck woods and headstock/heel joints too over the years.







    Here's the promotional vids and web page: http://www.epiphone.com/News/Feature...-Flying-V.aspx

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Looks great! I couldn't be happier with my Treasure Firebird I and Amos would make a great addition. I'm in.
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    None were Korina, (White Limba), bodies. Butcher block mystery wood with some kind of veneer.
    Right, I was disappointed with those earlier Epi's.
    These look pretty cool if they are truly as advertised.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    What's the difference in terms of the white wood and finish from the '58V? Promo seemed to show a scarf at the headstock, possibly a splice at the heel in the linked pic and nothing advertised in terms of body construction either (previous model also stated the body was Korina).

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I would like to see one hands on , 7 years back I bought a EPI 58 new, 565.00 and you received what you paid for . I traded the guitar back about a month later .
    Last edited by AA00475Bassman; 11-22-17 at 09:20 AM.
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Took care of the low Epi frets, too.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Gosh dang it all! Here I've been staring at the ads for the Epiphone '58 Flying V reissue for months now, telling myself, "I don't need another guitar, I'm retired and on a fixed income, I have too many guitars now," and now THIS!

    Epiphone, why you got to do me like this?
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I really want one of these!!!

    Butt no cash.

    Oh well.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Well... I've decided to bite the bullet and pre-order one. I haven't bought an Epiphone since 1995 when I bought an LP standard...
    I have too many guitars... Said no one ever..

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    FWIW, I dropped into a retailer before lunch and they had the regular model 58V there so I can't speak to the differences but I'll give a rough synopsis of the most recent model for a later comparison since it caught my attention:

    Firstly, it's got the 4 veneers no doubt but in terms of cuts underneath those veneers I couldn't find a seam to save my life but I'm guessing it was well hidden. Then, the neck was 1 piece grafted into the body and I kept double checking under the bright lights to make sure I wasn't crazy? It has big frets, medium jumbo at least by Gibson standards. Neck wasn't "slim taper," though I guess that's the advertisement, but more of a stout consistent medium C. That said, it was the Pacific Rim C wherein there's about as little shoulder towards the edges as you can get without it being a V. The fretboard also had that pale/waxy color Epi thing going on.

    Definitely a bridge post insert on the body, sticker said "AlNiCo Vintage Humbucker" or something to that extent. Of course the finish still looked a cheap coffee table that grandma bought from "monkey wards" in the 80's. All in all, okay for the dough I suppose.


    A salesman said he could do 15% off the $550 price today, hehe, I think that's about $470, no case though. It will be interesting to scope out the new Joe B model later on down the road for comparison.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I prefer the real thing, Gibson Flying Veee

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by EFLOW View Post
    I prefer the real thing, Gibson Flying Veee
    Well, ain't that special. So which are you buying, 500k original? Or 7-10k reissue?
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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
    FWIW, I dropped into a retailer before lunch and they had the regular model 58V there so I can't speak to the differences but I'll give a rough synopsis of the most recent model for a later comparison since it caught my attention:

    Firstly, it's got the 4 veneers no doubt but in terms of cuts underneath those veneers I couldn't find a seam to save my life but I'm guessing it was well hidden. Then, the neck was 1 piece grafted into the body and I kept double checking under the bright lights to make sure I wasn't crazy? It has big frets, medium jumbo at least by Gibson standards. Neck wasn't "slim taper," though I guess that's the advertisement, but more of a stout consistent medium C. That said, it was the Pacific Rim C wherein there's about as little shoulder towards the edges as you can get without it being a V. The fretboard also had that pale/waxy color Epi thing going on.

    Definitely a bridge post insert on the body, sticker said "AlNiCo Vintage Humbucker" or something to that extent. Of course the finish still looked a cheap coffee table that grandma bought from "monkey wards" in the 80's. All in all, okay for the dough I suppose.


    A salesman said he could do 15% off the $550 price today, hehe, I think that's about $470, no case though. It will be interesting to scope out the new Joe B model later on down the road for comparison.
    I've got the last version of the "regular" 58 Korina V, or Ltd. Ed. Korina Flying-V as they're officialle called now.

    It's actually a good guitar when I got past some fret-levelling and setup. (Silly me didn't specify that for the internet retailer I bought it from) Mine is a three piece Korina body with veneer top and back. Also Korina neck. Scarf joint headstock. The neck is like you describe, and also pretty wide.

    I've swapped the electronics in mine for CTS pots and Emerson cap. (original was some chinese cheaps, not even Alpha) and the pickups that are Epiphones Alnico Classics which I didn't like, so I put in a set of Tonerider Alnico IV Classics, which made quite an improvement.

    The guitar sounds nice, feels good to play, and is very light weight.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Looks great! I couldn't be happier with my Treasure Firebird I and Amos would make a great addition. I'm in.
    Yeah, the Treasure is a great guitar! I put CTS pots, Sprague 160P cap and one of the correct bakelite jacks in mine along with a nylon nut, Celluloid dots, vintage spec bushings/studs and a bell brass wrapover from ABM in the JB Firebird. Unfortunately I had to sell it but it went to a great home. Ended up with a Blues guitarist name Dennis Jones. He's a real fine player and loves all this shit like we all here do. He's got a few CD's out as well.

    I sincerely hope that the JB/Amos is built as well. I know that Joe feels the Korina guitars have a little more bite & snarl than a Les Paul. I saw him the last show of his 3 Kings Tour and the Fly V he had that night was Albert Kings one that Dan Erlewine built and he had an original one as well.

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    7-10K For a Gibson Korina?


    But, but, on my local craigslist there's a:

    GIBSON EMPLOYEE KORINA V

    Sweet Sweet epiphone Flying V
    Built by Gibson employee here in
    Nashville!
    Nothing spared,
    parts are all from
    the big G!Try to find the Gibson
    medallion on the headstock,
    Then shell out the cash!!
    I can't remember what mod.
    pickups are under the hood?
    If serious bring some strings
    and we'll dig in!
    This is a monster that intonates
    and plays like butter!Incredible
    sustain and growl!
    Some moron couldn't decide
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    Seen this bonehead move on
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    Gibson case! Please help! Jazz
    buddy's are gonna kick me out
    if I show up again with this Beast!! Read Less


    And it's only $650

    https://nashville.craigslist.org/msg...379311934.html

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    I'd kind of like to meet the person selling this, seems like they're in that "inner circle" that always has the good stuff. The Gibson slotted bridge screws are a big giveaway on how special this thing really is!

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    Re: New Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Amos Signature model?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundermtn View Post
    I'd kind of like to meet the person selling this, seems like they're in that "inner circle" that always has the good stuff. The Gibson slotted bridge screws are a big giveaway on how special this thing really is!
    It is just a bunch of bullshit lies to sell an Asian Epi V with veneer butcher block body with no real Korina wood and thick poly plastic finish. No Epi V was built in Nashville. Total BS!
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