Gibson Brands, the Nashville-based professional musical instrument maker, will debut its “Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature 1959 Les Paul Standard in Abilene Sunset Burst” in Williamson County next week when Lee Roy Parnell performs at the Blackberry Jam festival, at Boyd Mill Farm between Franklin and Leiper’s Fork.
The Grammy-winning singer songwriter Parnell is the headliner at Blackberry Jam, an all-day event from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at 3395 Blazer Road, Franklin 37064.
Blackberry Jam is the second stop on a six-month national tour for Parnell, who is known for blue-eyed soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing and Gospel.
The Lee Roy Parnell ’59 Les Paul Standard marks the second collaboration between the legendary country/blues artist and Gibson, and is available worldwide at Authorized Gibson Dealers.
Parnell’s ’57 Goldtop signature from Gibson Custom Shop became an instant classic, and it continues to be sought-after by collectors and guitarists worldwide. Parnell and the talented luthiers at Gibson Custom Shop took notice, and so began the process of creating a new version based on a flametop ’59 Burstinstead of a ’57 Goldtop. The construction elements remain the same, from the contoured cutaway edge to the revised pickup routes, which Parnell prefers in order to capture more character from the wood. Each features a hand-picked figured maple top accented by an “Abilene Sunset Fade” burst, inspired by Lee Roy’s hometown in Texas, as he describes the color here. Under the hood, each guitar features an underwound ’57 Classic humbucker in the neck, an underwound ’57 Classic Plusin the bridge, and the all-new Vintage Tone Circuit which uses paper-in-oil capacitors and vintage taper potentiometers. Every element on this guitar has been given Parnell’s seal of approval.
“Our job as artists is to mine what lives in us, and you don’t want something fighting you along the way, you want something helping you,” Parnell said in a press release announcing the new guitar and the tour. “This guitar plays like an extension of myself and makes you want to play more of what you naturally do well.”
“Lee Roy is a unique guitarist and songwriter who has had an impact across music genres and inspired generations of musicians to follow in his footsteps,” explains Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer, Gibson. “I’ve had the privilege of spending time with Lee Roy, watching him play slide and create amazing sound with his Les Paul’s and all of us at Gibson are excited to see this collaboration come to life as we bring the new Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature 1959 Les Paul Standard to the market for fans around the world.”
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