“Our Epiphone and Gibson Custom Shop teams are continually collaborating”: Gibson’s Mat Koehler confirms open-book headstock will roll out on more Epiphone models

That Gibson-style open-book headstock
(Image credit: Epiphone)

The Epiphone Kirk Hammett ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul Standard model arrived yesterday to much fanfare, with the headline feature being the return of the Gibson’s open-book headstock shape to the Epiphone range.

The shape saw some use in the late-’90s and early-’00s, but has not featured on any new Epiphone builds since Gibson’s 2018 takeover and, as such, became exclusive to Gibson Les Pauls

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.