Epiphone announce collab with James Bay

Epiphone, the world leader in affordable professional instruments, is proud to present the new Ltd. Ed. James Bay “1966” Century archtop Outfit, inspired by James Bay’s own vintage 1966 Epiphone. The Ltd. Ed. James Bay “1966” Century Outfit includes a KinmanTM Noiseless “Sweet Neck” P-90 single coil pickup, a 60s era Rosewood bridge with brass wheels, WilkinsonTM machine heads, USA electronics, and a 60s era-inspired hard case. Plus, a hand signed Certificate of Authenticity, artist photo and a recreation of Bay’s own custom strap.

Whether it’s the GRAMMYs or the BRIT Awards, platinum selling songwriter and guitarist James Bay is seldom seen on stage without his vintage 1966 Epiphone Century.  The new Ltd. Ed. James Bay “1966” Century Outfit was directly inspired by Bay’s original, which was carefully photographed and measured for accuracy by Epiphone’s famed team of luthiers at Epiphone’s headquarters in Nashville.

James Bay captivated the world with the release of his No.1 Debut album ‘Chaos and The Calm’. Recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios with Grammy award-winning producer Jacquire King, the album received global critical acclaim and cemented Bay’s reputation as a singular modern talent, an incredible songwriter and damn good guitar player. Sold out shows, international tours, chart-topping releases followed culminating in the BRIT’s Critic Choice winner being awarded Best Solo artist at both the Q and GQ Awards, receiving an Ivor Novello and a second BRIT in 2016 for Best Male Solo artist. 

“My 1966 Epiphone Century has been around the world with me and is now getting older and harder to maintain on tour,” said Bay. “Having my own signature guitar built by Epiphone is something I’ve dreamed about since I started using their instruments as a kid and now that dream is coming true. I’ve been lucky enough to team up with Epiphone to build my own signature model Century! I now have an even more reliable version of my favourite guitar to take out on the road and I get to share that model with the world.”

The Ltd. Ed. James Bay “1966” Century Outfit features a beautiful Gloss Cherry finish plus the same KinmanTM Noiseless “Sweet Neck” P-90 single coil pickup that Bay used to customize his vintage Epiphone Century.  The accompanying hard case is also inspired by 60s era cases made at the legendary Epiphone and Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Guitars will start arriving at Authorized Epiphone retailers beginning in July.  Visit Epiphone.com for more info and read our exclusive interview with James Bay. Discover the Ltd. Ed. James Bay “1966” Century and all of Epiphone’s Premier Artist Signature Series for a limited time only at your Authorized Epiphone Dealer.

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