WATCH GIBSON'S INTERVIEW WITH GREEN DAY'S BILLY JOE ARMSTRONG!
Gibson is proud to introduce the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior. Designed in close cooperation with Billie Joe, the signature guitar is modeled closely after “Floyd,” Billie Joe’s original 1956 Les Paul Junior. With a mahogany body and neck and nickel hardware, the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior combines the best features of a vintage Junior with some modern twists. With a new special design stacked double-coil H-90 and a vintage style non-compensated wraparound tailpiece, the Billie Joe Armstrong is a ferocious, resonant rock ’n’ roll guitar, truly worthy of Billie Joe’s name.
from left: detail of a Vintage Sunburst model, and Billy Joe onstage with a Vintage White model.
Since emerging from the close-knit punk scene of California’s East Bay in the early 1990s, Green Day have evolved into one of the most popular and creatively ambitious rock ’n’ roll bands of all time. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong—drawing on the buzz saw guitar of the Ramones and Hüsker Dü and the raw poetics of the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg—has evolved over the years into a fiercely distinctive guitarist and songwriter.
Combining melodic chord voicing with a blistering, jackhammer rhythm, Armstrong’s playing deftly underscores the mood and theme of his songs. Buoyed by one of rock’s truly great rhythm sections—bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool—Armstrong has proven just how much can be accomplished with one guitar, bass, and drums. From the swinging dynamics of the band’s 1994 breakthrough hit “Longview” to the staggering Who-like sprawl of 2004’s amazing American Idiot, Green Day have honored the traditions of their influences while taking stripped-down rock ’n’ roll to dizzying creative heights.
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