According to the recent post shared by the official Instagram account of Gibson, Epiphone is launching a new guitar named ‘Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior’ in collaboration with Green Day lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong.
Formed in 1987 by Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, Green Day has gained enormous popularity starting from the early 90s. They have released thirteen studio albums up to this point and they gained many awards including five Grammys and two Tony awards. Green Day also took their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Green Day released their latest album ‘Father of All Motherfuckers’ on February 7, 2020. The fans were waiting for new songs and in 2021, they released three singles named ‘Pollyanna,’ ‘Here Comes the Shock’ and ‘Holy Toledo!.’ They also recently performed a cover version of KISS’ ‘Rock and Roll All Nite.’
Besides his works with Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong is also active in his solo career and he released his second studio album ‘No Fun Mondays’ in 2020, in which he covered fourteen songs. Armstrong also collaborated with Epiphone and they launched the new Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior, which is a guitar for beginners and pros.
Here is how Gibson announced the new guitar:
“Few riffs are as easily identifiable as those of Billie Joe Armstrong. His sound and style have become iconic in no small part due to his aggressive guitar tones, genre-defining lyrics, and his powerhouse attitude. With the introduction of his new signature model, the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior, you can now achieve Billie’s tones on any stage.
Epiphone is proud to present the new Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior, a perfect guitar choice for beginners and pros alike. The Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior features a slab mahogany body, a mahogany neck with an Indian laurel fretboard and 22 medium jumbo frets, a powerful PRO P-90 pickup, and master volume and master tone controls with CTS potentiometers. Rock-solid tuning stability is assured with the Epiphone Vintage Deluxe tuners, Graph Tech nut, and the wraparound Lightning Bar bridge. A custom hardshell case with leopard print interior is also included.
Shot on location at Broken Guitars in Oakland, CA, the clip features Gibson Generation Group player Charlotte M. and Michael Mininger performing Green Day’s ‘Basket Case.’
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The post has received great attention and the fans inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong welcomed the news with excitement.