Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom Price & Release Date

Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom price

Here’s how much you’ll pay for the new Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom, and how it compares to its signature Gibson Les Paul model



It’s been like 2+ years in the making, but the Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom is finally here, bringing nearly everything you could possibly want – specs wise – at a much more affordable price point.

Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom Price & Release Date

The Epiphone Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a recent release, hitting the market on February 13, 2024. Its official price is pretty high-end for Epiphone, ranging from around $1499 to $1599, depending on where you look.

This model, not to be confused with his other Epiphone one, does not feature any artwork – it is a straight up homage to Adam’s long-serving 1979 Gibson Les Paul Silverburst, complete with Seymour Duncan pickups in the bridge.

It features a three-piece maple neck with a custom Adam Jones profile, an ebony fretboard, and a mahogany body with a maple cap. It’s finished in Antique Silverburst and includes artwork created by Joyce Su and Jones himself on the rear of the headstock.

Additionally, it comes with a replica two-inch convex mirror included in the Deluxe Protector Series hardshell guitar case.

OK, OK… But How Does It Compare To The Actual Gibson Model?

Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection- Julie Heffernan's Self Portrait as Not Dead Yet Electric Guitar Antique Silverburst

The Epiphone model is, of course, much cheaper than Adam’s signature Gibson model. Gibson only did a limited run on those Silverbursts, so if you want to pick one of those up, you’re looking at close to $15,000 on the used market.

For mere mortals like you and I, however, the Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom is MORE than enough.

Chris played both models side-by-side over the weekend and, as noted in our most recent podcast, couldn’t really tell the difference, if he was being totally honest (save for the fret work).

Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom headtsock

In terms of hardware, the Adam Jones Epiphone 1979 Les Paul Custom and the Gibson custom model are closer than you might think. This is great news for anyone that wants to pick up what is effectively a damn-near perfect replica of Adam Jones’ guitar – the guitar that has powered TOOL for close to 30 years.

Epiphone Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom vs Gibson Adam Jones Les Paul Custom

FeatureEpiphone Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul CustomGibson Adam Jones Les Paul Custom
BodyMahogany back with maple topMahogany back with maple top
Neck3-piece maple with custom Adam Jones profileMahogany with custom Adam Jones profile
FretboardEbonyEbony
Frets22 Medium jumbo22 Medium jumbo
Scale Length24.75″24.75″
Neck InlayMother of pearl blockMother of pearl trapezoid
PickupsBridge: Seymour Duncan Distortion, Neck: Epiphone CustombuckerBridge: Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-LM, Neck: Gibson Burstbucker 1
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way toggle switch2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way toggle switch
HardwareChrome Grover tuners, Graph Tech nut, Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpieceChrome Grover tuners, Graph Tech nut, TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge, aluminum stopbar tailpiece
FinishAntique SilverburstAntique Silverburst
CaseDeluxe Hardshell with replica 2″ convex mirrorHardshell
PriceAround $1499 (MSRP not confirmed)Around $3999 (estimated street price)

Where To Buy?

Adam Jones Pedalboard

If you want to pick up one of these epic guitars, Guitar Center has some of the best prices we’ve seen in the US – $1499 (and that includes a hardcase as well).

What’re your thoughts on this model? Let us know in the comments section below.

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