Courtney Grimes: When did you first begin playing Gibson guitars?
Billie Joe Armstrong: I bought my 1956 Jr. “Floyd” in 2000, right before we started recording “Warning.” I picked it up at a guitar show in San Rafael and I could tell right away it was special. At the time I was playing mostly Fenders, and this Jr. was a completely different guitar from anything I had played before.
Courtney: Why do you like playing Gibsons?
Billie Joe Armstrong: They sound great. I love Les Paul Juniors. Dog ear ‘50s P-90s are the punchiest pickup ever made. It is perfect for my style of playing. They’re dirty but have great string definition. Solid-body Gibsons are the perfect rock guitars.
Courtney: Tell me about your Gibson collection. Do you have a favorite guitar?
Billie Joe Armstrong: “Floyd” [’56 Sunburst Les Paul Jr.] is still my favorite, but I recently bought a ‘56 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” and it’s a close second. I have about thirty vintage Les Pauls now and I love them all.
Courtney: American Idiot is considered one of the few punk-rock operas. Why? Was that intentional?
Read the full interview at Guitar International: HERE