Gibson teases new signature electric guitars for Marcus King, Peter Frampton and Jerry Cantrell


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Gibson has announced a slew of new signature guitars for 2021, including new models for Marcus King and Peter Frampton, Jerry Cantrell, Sergio Vallin and Slim Harpo.

Details on new models are sparse – there aren’t full specs listed yet – so consider this a sort of teaser, ahead of full announcements later in the year.

We’ll start with the Marcus King ES-345, which has been in the works for a long time. Based on his ’62 original, the model features a side-mounted Vibrola tailpiece, split parallelogram inlays and a “Custom Made” plaque behind the bridge – the image below is the final signature model.

Gibson Marcus King ES-345

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The Peter Frampton “Phenix” Les Paul Custom VOS, meanwhile, will most likely be a reissue of the limited-edition model first released in 2015, of which only 35 were produced – but minus the wear and tear.

So one would expect the same triple-mic setup that appears on the cover of Frampton comes to life!a mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, custom pearl inlay and holly veneer Les Paul Custom ’54 headstock.

As has become customary with Gibson’s NAMM launches, the guitar giant has also announced the names of several future signature models, but has yet to provide any additional information.

Most tantalizing among these teases is a Les Paul signing for Jerry Cantrell, who signed as a member of the Gibson family around this time last year.

His first collaboration with Gibson is listed as “Wino” Custom, which will most likely be a recreation of his Wine Red Custom Shop Les Paul from the 90s.

We’re hoping this is the first of a new line of Cantrell models, as we’d love to see a replica of his hand-engraved “D-Trip” LP at some point.

Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains performs live at Sonisphere at Knebworth Park on July 6, 2014 in Knebworth, United Kingdom.

(Image credit: Marc Broussely/Redferns via Getty Images)

Other models teased include an ES-330 for swamp-blues icon Slim Harpo, as well as a 1955 Les Paul Bigsby for Mexican rock heavyweight Maná guitarist Sergio Vallin.

These teases follow the 2021 signature models already announced by Gibson, including the “Captain” Kirk Douglas SG, Slash “Victoria” Goldtop and Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass.

As soon as we have more information on any of these models, we will let you know…


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