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NAMM 2020: Has Phil X joined Gibson?

(Image credit: Phil X via Instagram)

NAMM 2020: (opens in new tab) Gibson is already having a big week, with the launch of Gibson TV (opens in new tab) and the awesome Slash Collection (opens in new tab), but is it about to add Phil X to its artist roster? It sure looks that way.

Last night, the Bon Jovi lead guitarist posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook that sees a delighted Mr. X (in fairness, that is his resting state) cradling what looks like a heavily-modded Gibson SG Standard '61 in Vintage Cherry, complete with a Maestro Vibrola floating bridge. Now, this guitar is so heavily modded, one could be tempted to speculate that this is a signature model.

Time will tell if Phil is making the move from Framus to Gibson, and if this SG is going to see the light of day as an Artist Series instrument. It could be a one-off. But, well, it's interesting, folks, and that SG would certainly be a good look on him.

If you're heading to Anaheim, CA, for NAMM, do check out Phil X's set with The Drills. If social media is to believed, you'll see this guitar up close.

Check out our NAMM 2020 (opens in new tab) hub for more gear news.

immediately after the interview. can't wait to rock this thing with THE DRILLS at @thenammshow next week. Phil X (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @philx1111 on Jan 9, 2020 at 3:08pm PST

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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.