Is an Epiphone version of Adam Jones' Gibson 1979 Les Paul Custom in the works?

Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom
(Image credit: Gibson / YouTube)

Following Gibson's announcement of the 1979 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom last year, the Tool guitarist has teased what looks to be an Epiphone edition of the model.

Taking to Instagram yesterday (May 3), Jones shared a video of a black Epiphone Les Paul hard case – which sports the text, “Adam Jones 1979” – with the caption, “More prototypes”.

The Gibson 1979 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom arrived late last year, accompanied by a killer launch video, entitled The Witness. The seven-minute animated cut features a soundtrack composed by Jones – with cameos from his Tool bandmates Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey.

The guitar itself was designed to be a faithful replica of Jones' #1 guitar, a Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom. Spec highlights include a hand-wound Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup, custom capacitors and a striking Silverburst finish.

Shortly after its launch, 13 of the guitars – worth $95,000 in total – were stolen from a Sweetwater truck in a premeditated theft. In response, Gibson remade the guitars for customers who had theirs stolen.

With no official announcement from Epiphone as of yet, what's inside the case in Jones' Instagram video remains a mystery. However, we'll endeavor to keep you updated as this story develops.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.