Saw this announced and got excited for a 2020 epi fat neck black beauty with the yellowed 'antiqued' binding and diamond.
Turns out my local GC just got one in, so I swung by to try it out.
It's lighter and sounds better than my 2017, so yeah it came home. Now I'm going to find a new home for my old one It's really close but the thin vs. fat neck and weight really make the difference for me.
Has a little fret buzz but so does my 2017, I'll probably get it looked by a professional soon.
I haven't heard that being an issue on any of the new Epiphones. I've never even seen it on any of the ones I've looked at in store. I have one (a 50s Standard), and it certainly doesn't have any issues like that. Sure, the store had to level a couple of frets, but they did that for free.Ive had a real black beauty but i really didnt like the mid/bridge pup combo that much. Id consider getting it wired more like frampton has his but everyone seems to have fret issues w these gtrs. Unless its really the crappy strings they come with but im also worried about cheap pot metal bridges that are bent or are already slighly collapsing out of the box.
Epiphone.Your 2017 what? Gibson or Epiphone?
I checked the whole guitar for signatures and was happy when I didn't find any. I have other high quality cases I can use.Cant stomach seeing the stenciling on the case. Id never walk into a gig with that case. Im not a jb hater either.
You can get a standard black beauty but the neck profile is the slim D most epis have. I used to hate it but ended up not minding it on my 2017 over time, just always preferred the C shape.I just suddenly got an urge to get a Black Beauty, because I discovered a wiring scheme that lets you get any combination of pickups (the stock selection doesn't get you get the middle pickup by itself), but one thing about this current Bonamassa model I'm not sure I can stand is the super-yellowed binding and headstock. I kind of hate it when my guitars get that way over the years anyway, and now here's a guitar that comes like this stock, and will it get even deeper yellow, turning to orange, as years pass? It wouldn't be so back if the block inlays weren't bleach white.