“I wanted to create an instrument that had that beautiful old-school P-90 sound”: Knaggs unveils the Billy Morrison Keya-J-M, a Fralin-equipped high-end signature model for the Billy Idol guitarist

Knaggs Billy Morrison Keya-J-M
(Image credit: Jane Stuart Photography)

Billy Morrison, the long-serving Billy Idol guitarist and actor, has a new signature guitar from Knaggs – and as you would expect from the upscale Greensboro, MD, brand, it looks a quietly spectacular work of luthiery.

Inspired by Knaggs’ Keya J series model, which in turn has a whiff of the Gibson Les Paul Special double-cut about it, the Billy Morrison Keya J-M has a thicker body and packs not one but two P-90 pickups.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.