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Since the release of their debut album 'Count Your Blessings' in 2006, Bring Me the Horizon has consistently been one of the most commercially successful alternative metal bands of the last decade.
Following on from the successful release of his Epiphone Les Paul Custom in late 2014 – Bring me the Horizon's Lee Malia is back with a second signature model, once again inspired by the 1970s era Artisan range. Jonathan Graham sits down with Lee to discuss the limited edition Explorer Custom Artisan Outfit.
Since the release of their debut album 'Count Your Blessings' in 2006, Bring Me the Horizon has consistently been one of the most commercially successful alternative metal bands of the last decade. Much of the band's success can be attributed to founding member and lead guitarist, Lee Malia who's has emerged as a modern-day guitar hero and with that status, has also developed a solid partnership with the legendary Epiphone brand.
Like Lee's Epiphone Les Paul Artisan, the new limited edition Explorer Custom Artisan Outfit features a classic 70s design in a Walnut finish with ivory and black binding on the body and headstock. The guitar has a mahogany body with a maple top that combined with the Gibson USA P-94 single coil and 84T-LM (Malia's preferred combination) humbucker pickups add some serious bite to the tone. The neck is also mahogany and has a '59 Rounded C shape profile with a 24.75" scale length.
It's worth noting that the 84T-LM's (bridge pickup) volume knob also serves as a coil-splitting control (via a push/pull switch) meaning that the humbucker can also be used as a single-coil pickup that is virually noiseless thanks to the guitar's pickguard which acts a "Dummy Coil."
"I've always loved the heavy sound of Explorers, and the first sample I got from Epiphone was perfect. We didn’t need to change anything." Said Lee Malia regarding his new signature model. "It's so cool; I love it."
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