Billie Joe Armstrong Partners with Gibson on a Les Paul Junior Double Cut Guitar
No doubt in part because of Green Day’s three albums coming out this year – the already-released ¡Uno!, the imminent ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!, which will arrive this December – Gibson has announced a special edition guitar designed along with the band’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.
The Gibson Les Paul Junior Double Cut Guitar is based on the classic Les Paul Junior line, which was designed as an affordable start-up guitar, which led to it becoming the weapon of choice for many of the up-and-coming garage bands that have long had a heavy impact on the punk rock genre.
The guitar is made from a single piece of mahogany, done over with a TV yellow finish and stamped with the Adeline skull, a logo of sorts for Armstrong. The Double Cut is being touted for its simple, hard rock sound and excellent sustain. The design largely takes from the late-’50s versions of the Les Paul Junior, hence the wraparound bridge. The H-90 stacked double coil pickup promises to eliminate the hum that comes from single coil pickups.
The takeaway here is that if you want to rock like Green Day, this is the guitar to do it with. Whether you’re a fan of the new stuff or pine for the days of Dookie, the Gibson Les Paul Junior Double Cut Guitar looks like a winner. Gibson is selling it for about $1,900 (MSRP).