Both guitars feature thin, 60’s style mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards. This same mahogany is also used as the underbody for each of the guitars. The top material of Gibson’s Les Paul is constructed of maple wood with a nitrocellulose finish, while the Epiphone uses a maple veneer with a standard gloss finish. This actually serves to make a huge difference in the tone of the guitar. FYI, random but relevant fact: veneer is created by gluing a multitude of thin sheets of wood together. While this creates a product that is less likely to crack, it in many ways seems to slightly alter the dynamics and removes a bit of the lower mid warmth. Since the maple top and the tone associated with it is one of the most ICONIC parts of the classic Gibson Les Paul, this point of contention seems to indicate at least one area where Gibson’s Les Paul is demonstrably better than its Epiphone cousin. However, wood is only as good as its protection, and as you may know, these two guitars have entirely different finishes… […]
Rob Flynn is the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the hugely popular and respected metal band, Machine Head. The band has won countless awards including the Metal Hammer Golden God Award presented to Robb in 2007. Now, Epiphone and Robb Flynn team up to bring you a professional guitar with unique features that’s perfect for heavy rock and metal. The release of this new signature model will be surrounded with a coordinated, worldwide print, web and digital media launch plan garnering millions of impressions. Additionally, there will be in-store POP materials to further support retailers.
Epiphone Gets Heavy With the Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V:
Epiphone has been a favorite of heavy metal artists for over decade not only for their great technical advances but also for their artist collaborations that have often pushed the envelope in guitar design with groundbreaking results. Now, Epiphone has done it again with the Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V, designed in cooperation with Robb to be Epiphone’s heaviest guitar (and we don’t mean weight-wise) ever.
The Love/Death Baritone Story:
Robb Flynn, founder, guitarist and vocalist of Machine Head, worked with Epiphone engineers to create the Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V, the first of its kind not only for Epiphone but for the Gibson family of brands as well. Robb has won countless awards including the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award presented in 2007. And just like his music, Robbs baritone design brings a totally original sound to metal and hard rock. The main reason for having the slightly shorter 27.0 inch baritone scale is when you tune down to B, it just makes the low definition really tight, especially for palm muting and chunking, remarks Flynn. It opens up the sound a lot. The guitar comes equipped with string gauges (low to high) .58, .42, .32, unwound .18, .13, and .10–the same that Robb uses on stage– but can also accept heavier gauges.
Original Premium Electronics:
The Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V features a Mahogany body with an EMG-HA neck pickup and an EMG-81 bridge pickup. The EMG-HA neck pickup is a uniquely designed single-coil pickup inside a humbucking housing which keeps the classic look of a Flying V guitar but with something special under the hood. The EMG-HA debuted in 1974 as the first noiseless single coil pickup and features Alnico magnets for warmth and the widest possible frequency response for great definition and harmonics. Its also a perfect choice for rhythm when matched with the low tuning of a baritone guitar, providing a solid chunking bedrock while still showing off all the complex overtones that are part of the baritone experience. The EMG-81 bridge pickup is one of EMGs most requested pickups and utilizes powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils for incredible amounts of low end cut and fluid sustain. The EMG-81, combined with the unique intervals of baritone tuning, will cut through dense mixes and make your baritone leads sound thunderous.
Other Features Include:
The Mahogany SlimTaperTM “D”-profile neck features a 27 inch scale with a 1.68 inch graphite nut for precision tuning, an Ebony fingerboard with Love/Death inlays and 24 medium jumbo frets. Controls are straightforward with a master volume and a 3-way toggle switch, chrome knobs, a standard 1/4 inch metal jack plate and Epiphone strap locks. Grover locking tuners ensure on-stage precision and like most Epiphone guitars, the bridge is our industry standard LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar.
The Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V includes a Custom Hard Case with original artwork by Robb Flynn and Strephon Taylor. The first 250 produced will also receive a hand-signed certificate. This guitar isnt for blues players or jazz players, says Flynn, “its a metal guitar designed specifically for young or modern metal players. And as with every Epiphone, it also comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson. […]
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