Billie Joe Armstrong Unveils New Signature Model Guitar
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has collaborated with Gibson on a new signature guitar.
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A statement on the Gibson website says, “Designed by the Green Day Punk Rock Legend. The new Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul™ Junior is an exceptional guitar to rock out on, whether you play rock or punk. Designed in collaboration with Green Day’s legendary guitarist, it has everything you need for great tone with no frills to get in your way, including a mahogany neck with a Billie Joe Armstrong SlimTaper™ profile, rosewood fretboard, Graph Tech® nut, and Billie Joe’s signature on the truss rod cover.
“The mahogany body is equipped with a wraparound bridge/tailpiece and a P-90 DC Dogear pickup. The P-90 DC is our latest hum-canceling design. It features a modernized version of the Sidewinder dual-coil technology that was first developed by Seth Lover in 1958, delivering a hum-free P-90 with the most authentic P-90 tonality yet, retaining the classic sound of a single coil P-90 while eliminating the noise. Available in Silver Mist and Vintage Ebony Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finishes, a custom Billie Joe Armstrong Protector series hardshell case is also included.”
Green Day were recently in the news when songwriting great Yusuf/Cat Stevens revealed he was a fan of the three-piece punk band in an interview with NME. “I love Green Day because of their message,” said the songwriter. “Know Your Enemy is an incredible song with a message about the Iraq war that was right on time.” When asked whether he’d like to work with the band, Yusuf was enthusuastic, “Yeah! Wow, that’s a good idea. I think they listened to my song Bitterblue before making Know Your Enemy, as I can hear little titbits of it in the chords and some of the words. I reckon we could definitely get it on.”