Epiphone Adam Jones Silverburst Les Paul Custom review

The Tool guitarist's lower-priced signature model is, quite literally, a work of art – and quite possibly the best Epiphone Les Paul ever made

Epiphone Adam Jones Frazetta "The Berserker" Art Collection Les Paul
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

As Epiphone Les Pauls go, this might well be the GOAT in terms of stunning looks, an easy ride and a stunning range of tones.


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    Covers an array of vintage and modern tones with ease.

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    Thick but comfortable neck profile.

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    Collector's item.

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    Lovely aged finish.


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    It's a heavyweight but the original Gibson models were, too.

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    Not everyone is going to dig the artwork on the rear.

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Given his background in visual arts, with credits for the makeup and special effects on blockbuster films like Jurassic Park, Batman Returns and Terminator 2: Judgement Day long before guitar stardom beckoned in Tool, the recent batch of Adam Jones signature guitars under a new partnership with Gibson were never going to be run-of-the-mill. 

In 2020, the American brand unveiled its top-end Custom Shop recreation of his prized 1979 Les Paul Custom, which came with a headstock mirror and personalised graphic – 79 of which were aged by the Murphy Lab before being signed and numbered by the guitarist himself. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).