Epiphone presents the Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit designed with Lee Malia of Bring Me the Horizon. Featuring the vintage 1970s “RD” profile in Lee’s signature Walnut finish with a Gibson USA P-94 single coil and 84T-LM humbucker pickup, vintage style “Artisan” inlay, and custom gigbag with hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity.
A New Sound for A New Generation:
The original “RD” line of guitars and basses were first released in the late 70s as a “Research and Development” series that combined cutting edge electronics with classic style. It’s a fitting design for Lee Malia, who has emerged as one of the leading guitarists of his generation for his work in the pioneering pop and metal band Bring Me the Horizon.
Like Lee’s classic Les Paul Artisan, the new Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit features Malia’s favorite Walnut finish with Ivory and Black binding on the body and headstock along with an “Artisan” floral inlay in pearloid on a smooth Torrefied Composite fingerboard. The Mahogany body has a Maple top to add bite to the tone. The Mahogany neck has an easy-to-play “1959” Rounded “C” profile with a 24.75” scale length. The black traditional “clipped ear” headstock also has floral inlay with a pearloid “Epiphone” logo in 60s era typeface with a “Lee Malia” signature inlay on the back.
Gibson USA Pickups with Coil-Splitting:
To get his distinctive tone, Lee Malia prefers the combination of a sensitive P-94 single coil pickup for rhythm and a powerful Gibson 84T-LM humbucker for solos. In between the two pickups under the pickguard is a “Dummy Coil” that cancels the “hum” when in single-coil mode. Classic “TopHat” knobs with metal inserts control neck and bridge Volume and Tone. The bridge volume pot also serves as a coil-spitting control (via a push/pull switch) so the humbucker can also be used as a single-coil pickup.
Epiphone Rock Solid Hardware:
Lee Malia’s Ltd. Ed. RD Custom Artisan features stylish gold hardware including premium 14:1 ratio die-cast machine heads with “tulip” buttons plus Epiphone’s road worthy exclusive non-rotating, heavy duty output jack with a metal output jack plate. Set up and intonation is easy thanks to the classic combo of a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece. The three-way toggle switch is on the upper bout. A custom gigbag and a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by Lee Malia are also included.
Lee Malia is the lead guitarist for Bring Me The Horizon. The hard rocking British quintet that’s breaking new ground with their pioneering combination of metal and electronica. Together with Curtis Ward and Matt Kean, they officially formed the band in March 2004 when the members were 15 to 17 years old. With the release of their latest album Sempiternal and a sold out U.S. tour. Bring Me the Horizon is quickly becoming one of the most talked about bands of the decade. His incredible technique and melodic style can be heard on stages world wide.
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