Epiphone's latest signature model, released for NAMM 2015, was designed with Gary Clark Jr.
The Epiphone Gary Clark Jr Casino 'Blak and Blu' is the latest limited edition signature guitar from one of the oldest names in the guitar business.
Available with either a trapezoid or Bigsby tailpiece, this Casino comes in 'blak and blu' burst and has a laminated maple body and is fitted with Gibson P-90 pickups.
'I pretty much knew from day one that I needed a few things for my arsenal, and the Epiphone Casino is the one guitar that always stood out,' said Clark. 'Getting my first Casino changed my life. And my new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 'Blak & Blue' Casinos are amazing guitars. They're a dream. I love 'em!'
Gary Clark Jr's music career is rooted in his home town, Austin, Texas. It was there Clark met Clifford Antone, promoter and owner of Antone's, an Austin club which played host to gigs from no less than Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan. It was by playing with Jimmie and other members of the Austin music scene that Clark earned his spurs and help lead him to the point where he was named Rolling Stone's Best Young Gun in 2011.
Along the way, Clark sang vocals on Sheryl Crow's cover of The Jackson Five's I want You Back on her 100 Miles from Memphis album and played at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival. Clark also recorded with Alicia Keys and The Foo Fighters, and his major label debut Blak and Blu, was released in 2012.
As well as an Epiphone Casino, Clark plays Gibson ES-330, and Fender Telecaster. For acoustic tracks he favours Epiphone's Masterbilt and Gibson's Hummingbird.
Clark is the latest in a long line of music icons to play the Casino, most famously Beatles George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon all played one at various times. Lennon sanded the finish off his and created a 'blonde' Casino, which he played at the Beatles final concert on top of the Apple building in London. Epiphone later released a special edition 'Revolution' Casino modelled on Lennon's modifications.
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