Epiphone today announced the new, limited-edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom and limited-edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom-7 guitars inspired by TRIVIUM vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy. The six-string and seven-string models are representative of Heafy‘s close work with Epiphone luthiers and feature a sleek, all blacked-out Ebony gloss finish.
“Epiphone has given me the opportunity to craft exactly the kind of guitar I have always dreamed of — a guitar that could withstand a brutal around-the-world tour schedule and also one that I would be able to record with in delicate technical proficiency,” said Heafy. “My very first Les Paul Custom was the inspiration behind the new limited-edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom guitar models.”
The limited-edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom 6-string (U.S. MSRP: $1,165) features an EMG-85 pickup in the neck position and an EMG-81 pickup in the bridge position, an Axcess heel, ebony fretboard, easy access 9V battery compartment and all of the classic Les Paul features that guitarists have come to expect from Epiphone instruments.
The limited-edition Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom-7 seven-string (U.S. MSRP $1,332) shares all of the same features as the six-sting model, but instead utilizes an EMG-707 pickup in the neck position and an EMG 81-7 pickup in the bridge position.
“Matt is the ideal Epiphone artist. His passion for music and quality can be found in everything he does,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “We’ve been fans of Matt for a long time. His enthusiasm for every detail of these guitars was an inspiration. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with on these Les Pauls.”
Consumers can expect the new Matt Heafy Les Paul Customs at authorized Epiphone retailers beginning in March 2013.