Epiphone tips its hat to James Bay with ‘1966’ Century signature guitar
Epiphone’s new James Bay ‘1966’ Century signature guitar is an official version of the guitarist’s recognisable red companion. It’s the latest in a whole slew of recent Epiphone signature models that have included instruments associated with Lee Malia, Johnny A, and Jack Cassidy.
Chaos and Calm
This new signature model features a Kinman Noiseless ‘Sweet Neck’ P-90 pickup, the same model James uses in his own guitar. It should help tame the hum of a traditional P-90 single coil, which is notorious for being noisy when played live.
The Cherry Red finish makes this guitar stand out at a thousand paces. From the marketing shots available, this one looks deep and lustrous. The hardware is pretty traditional: a ’60s style rosewood bridge with brass thumb wheels for adjustment, a set of Wilkinson machine heads and USA electronics.
Epiphone James Bay ‘1966’ Century signature guitar
A tip of the hat
On the rear of the headstock, there is also a ‘The Dark Of The Morning’ logo from his first album, to make sure everyone else knows you’re playing a signature guitar. I like the whole look of this instrument. On paper, at least, Epiphone has successfully recreated a widely recognisable instrument. If the price is right, I can see this selling well. It has the cool vintage ’60s vibe you would want from a single pickup archtop design.
The guitar ships in a 1960s-style hard case and comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. You also get a recreation of Bay’s own custom guitar strap as well. Alas, you don’t get a hat, so you’ll have to go and buy one separately.
RRP – TBC available July
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