by Lee Hazell
On Friday, the 30th of June, we at VultureHound had the opportunity to go to the Gibson Showroom in London’s West End to celebrate the launch of GRAMMY and BRIT-Award winning artist, James Bay’s signature “1966″ Century archtop Outfit. The guitar, inspired by James Bay’s own vintage 1966 Epiphone includes aKinmanTM 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.
As you can see, it’s a sexy piece of kit too, velvet red and dripping with Delta Blues style, the “1966” Century is the perfect accompaniment to James’ soulful voice and melancholy plucking. He gave us a taste of what the Century is capable of as he played his first two hit singles off of his phenomenal debut album Chaos And The Calm. Let it Go showed us the intensity that can be produced by the kit, even with only the most tender of touches and Hold Back the River brought the thunder and shook the very foundations of the Gibson Showroom.
Closely modelled on James’ cherished original, it was carefully photographed and measured for accuracy by Epiphone’s famed team of luthiers at Epiphone’s headquarters in Nashville. Guitars will start arriving at Authorised Epiphone retailers beginning in July. Visit Epiphone.com for more info and read their 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.