When blues-rock guitar legend Joe Bonamassa found the original “Lazarus,” a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, it was in poor condition. Like the Lazarus of Biblical texts, Joe’s Les Paul guitar was brought back to life. Once it was restored, its stunningly figured top was revealed. Joe Bonamassa is once again collaborating with Epiphone, this time on a guitar inspired by his Gibson Lazarus 1959 Les Paul Standard. Featuring a mahogany body with a maple cap and topped with a wide-grain AAAA flame maple veneer, it’s outfitted with Gibson BurstBucker pickups and ’50s style wiring with CTS potentiometers and Mallory capacitors. It comes in a vintage-style case with Bonamassa graphics with a Certificate of Authenticity.
I replaced the pickups with a set of Seymour Duncan custom-shop hand-wound “Greenies” because I wanted to get as close to Peter Green Fleetwood Mac sound as I could. If you’d like to hear what they sound like, go to YouTube and search for Seymour Duncan Greenies. It’s a 3 1/2 minute video (installed in an Epiphone) of some of the most ethereal blues you could wish for. My pickups do not have the nickel covers, which I personally think adds to the sense that this is a “working” blues machine. No, I do not still have the original pickups.
I absolutely love the guitar, but I am trying to consolidate down to two guitars—a player plus Strat, and an ultra tele, so I really need to sell a couple guitars in the process. (Yes, I know, I should keep the Les Paul sound as an option as well, but my one bedroom apartment is starting to look like a Guitar Center showroom).