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    April 10, 2011


    Billie Joe Armstrong J-180


    He can crank out the grind with the best of
    them, and his electric chops have helped to establish his band Green
    Day as the premier punk band of its generation. But Billie Joe
    Armstrong has proved his prowess at a more nuanced acoustic tune time
    and again. The acoustic guitar propelled Green Day’s international
    mega-hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and was a cornerstone of
    the band’s epic 2004 release American Idiot. Through it all, Armstrong’s instrument of choice has been a Gibson.



    With the cooperative effort of this talented artist and the master
    acoustic builders in Montana, Gibson introduces the Billie Joe
    Armstrong J-180, crafted by the acclaimed luthiers of Bozeman, Montana,
    and now available in a first initial run that will be limited to 100
    guitars for 2011. The instrument is styled after the J-180 “Jumbo,” a
    guitar designed as a scaled-down version of the big, rounded SJ-200
    “Super Jumbo” (played by Elvis, Johnny Cash, and others). Legendary in
    its own right, the J-180 formed the basis for the distinctive Everly
    Brothers model of the ’60s, and remains one of Gibson’s most popular
    flat-tops. With its big 16”-wide body, the Billie Joe Armstrong J-180
    can bang out the rhythm with gusto and fury – as countless country,
    blues, and rock and roll frontmen have discovered for five decades –
    but it’s also a sultry performer for mellower moments, purring with a
    tone that only premium solid tonewoods and uncompromising Gibson
    construction can achieve.



    And when you need to take it up on stage, a built-in Fishman VT pickup
    system makes it a snap, providing an easy plug-n-play solution through
    any amplification or PA rig, without impeding the guitar’s natural
    acoustic tone. Being the main squeeze of a guy who’s still a punk at
    heart, though, the Billie Joe Armstrong J-180 is dressed to impress, in
    a hand-sprayed Ebony nitrocellulose finish with custom double
    tortoiseshell J-180 pickguards, graduated mother-of-pearl star inlays on
    its Indian Rosewood fingerboard, and a black truss-rod cover with
    Billie Joe Armstrong signature. Whether you’re looking to drive the
    band through the home stretch, or accompany your solo singer/songwriter
    moments with deep, rich acoustic tone that’s classic Gibson, the
    Billie Joe Armstrong J-180 one to check out. But hurry – the 2011 first
    run of 100 instruments is certain to go fast.

     

    Read more at Gibson.com

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on April 10, 2011


Billie Joe Armstrong J-180


He can crank out the grind with the best of
them, and his electric chops have helped to establish his band Green
Day as the premier punk band of its generation. But Billie Joe
Armstrong has proved his prowess at a more nuanced acoustic tune time
and again. The acoustic guitar propelled Green Day’s international
mega-hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and was a cornerstone of
the band’s epic 2004 release American Idiot. Through it all, Armstrong’s instrument of choice has been a Gibson.



With the cooperative effort of this talented artist and the master
acoustic builders in Montana, Gibson introduces the Billie Joe
Armstrong J-180, crafted by the acclaimed luthiers of Bozeman, Montana,
and now available in a first initial run that will be limited to 100
guitars for 2011. The instrument is styled after the J-180 “Jumbo,” a
guitar designed as a scaled-down version of the big, rounded SJ-200
“Super Jumbo” (played by Elvis, Johnny Cash, and others). Legendary in
its own right, the J-180 formed the basis for the distinctive Everly
Brothers model of the ’60s, and remains one of Gibson’s most popular
flat-tops. With its big 16”-wide body, the Billie Joe Armstrong J-180
can bang out the rhythm with gusto and fury – as countless country,
blues, and rock and roll frontmen have discovered for five decades –
but it’s also a sultry performer for mellower moments, purring with a
tone that only premium solid tonewoods and uncompromising Gibson
construction can achieve.



And when you need to take it up on stage, a built-in Fishman VT pickup
system makes it a snap, providing an easy plug-n-play solution through
any amplification or PA rig, without impeding the guitar’s natural
acoustic tone. Being the main squeeze of a guy who’s still a punk at
heart, though, the Billie Joe Armstrong J-180 is dressed to impress, in
a hand-sprayed Ebony nitrocellulose finish with custom double
tortoiseshell J-180 pickguards, graduated mother-of-pearl star inlays on
its Indian Rosewood fingerboard, and a black truss-rod cover with
Billie Joe Armstrong signature. Whether you’re looking to drive the
band through the home stretch, or accompany your solo singer/songwriter
moments with deep, rich acoustic tone that’s classic Gibson, the
Billie Joe Armstrong J-180 one to check out. But hurry – the 2011 first
run of 100 instruments is certain to go fast.

 

Read more at Gibson.com