Recently (in the last month or so) Gibson have made a new Les Paul model based on Bucketheadâ€™s main stage guitar.
Buckethead is known for his unusual stage outfit (a white horror-film face mask and a KFC bucket on his head), for his extremely prolific solo work (he has released 28 solo albums over 22 years) and also as a guitarist in the re-incarnated Guns Nâ€™ Roses for a few years (from 2001 to 2004, when he was replaced by Ron Thal, aka Bumblefoot).
During this time he laid down some of teh many guitar parts for the album Chinese Democracy. The guitar is white all over apart from the ebony fingerboard and the two killswitches on the body.
The neck is a 27â€ baritone scale, and the body is oversized as well, to cope with Bucketheadâ€™s substantial frame (he stands at six feet and seven inches). Buckethead also makes frequent use of a killswitch on his guitar, and the new Les Paul features not one, but two, for some more extreme kill switching effects.
Oddly, these are both bright orange, and look somewhat unusual on the entirely white-finished body. Here are the full specifications of the guitar:
- Chambered, oversized mahogany body
- Two-piece maple top
- Custom neck profile
- 27â€ scale mahogany set neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- 496R neck pickup
- 500T bridge pickup
- Two orange â€œarcade styleâ€ killswitches
- Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop-bar tailpiece
- Alpine White nitrocellulose finish
The guitar sells for a suggested US retail price of $4,311.