The young singer-songwriter and guitarist has his own limited edition signature archtop Outfit built by the Nashville team of luthiers
Epiphone has launched a new limited edition James Bay “1966” Century archtop Outfit, inspired by the breakthrough singer-songwriter’s own vintage 1966 Epiphone guitar. The instrument features a Kinman Noiseless “Sweet Neck” P-90 single coil pickup, a 60s era Rosewood bridge with brass wheels, Wilkinson machine heads, USA electronics and a 60s era-inspired hard case. The package also includes a hand-signed Certificate of authenticity, an 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 model was directly inspired by his original, which was carefully photographed and measured for accuracy by Epiphone’s team of luthiers at the headquarters in Nashville.
James Bay captivated the world with the release of his No 1 debut album Chaos And The Calm, which was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios with Grammy award-winning producer Jacquire King. 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 limited edition James Bay “1966” Century Outfit features a Gloss Cherry finish and an accompanying hard case is also inspired by 60s era cases made at the Epiphone and Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The guitar will start arriving at authorised retailers in July. For more details, visit epiphone.com