NASHVILLE, TN (April 25, 2023) For 150 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has now set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to announce the long-awaited Adam Jones partnership has arrived with the release of the Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection. This unprecedented, limited-edition collection blends Adam’s love of fine art and music, resulting in seven, iconic and unique Les Paul Custom Silverburst masterpieces which feature the artwork of five distinguished visual artists curated by Adam Jones of TOOL. The Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection is now available worldwide at authorized Epiphone dealers and on www.epiphone.com.
The third model to debut in the Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection comes from acclaimed American painter Julie Heffernan and features her artwork titled “Study For Self-Portrait with Rose Skirt and a Mouse.” This guitar displays Heffernan’s piece on the back of the guitar, and the artwork on the rear of the headstock is designed by world-renowned artist Korin Faught.
The iconic artwork “Study for Self-Portrait with Rose Skirt and a Mouse” is based on Heffernan’s signature painting by the same title. The nude self-portrait draws on art historical representations of the figure to reflect on pressing contemporary concerns, such as women’s rights, precarity of the environment, and other under-represented and socially relevant topics. Heffernan’s work is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco (since 2005) and Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York (since 2022).
This Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection guitar features Julie Heffernan’s “Study For Self-Portrait with Rose Skirt and a Mouse” on the back, and it is also an exceptional instrument for your next musical masterpiece. It has a bound mahogany body with a maple cap, a three-piece bound maple neck with an Adam Jones Custom profile, and an ebony fretboard. It is equipped with a reverse-mounted Epiphone ProBucker™ Custom humbucker™ in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan® Distortion in the bridge; both are wired to CTS® potentiometers and Orange Drop® capacitors. A Marquee Back Plate with the artist’s name and the name of the artwork is also included. Finished in Antique Silverburst as an homage to Adam’s beloved original Silverburst 1979 Gibson® Les Paul Custom, a Protector hardshell case is also included.
The Epiphone Adam Jones Art Collection consists of seven, unique Silverburst Les Paul™ Custom models, each featuring reproductions of different works of fine art on the back. Adam curated all of the featured artwork, and selected five distinguished artists Mark Ryden, Frank Frazetta, Julie Heffernan, Korin Faught, and Ernst Fuchs for the collection; additional artwork designed by Korin Faught, adorns the back of the headstock of each model. Only 800 guitars of each model from this unprecedented, extremely limited edition run will be produced. The Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection guitar with Julie Heffernan’s “Study For Self- Portrait with Rose Skirt and a Mouse” follows the recent, and now sold-out Epiphone releases of Mark Ryden’s “Veil of Bees,” and Frank Frazetta’s “Berzerker.”
Watch the video for the Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection, HERE, and explore the collection HERE.
One of the rock’s most talented and sonically innovative guitarists, Adam Jones is renowned as the guitarist for the band TOOL, as well as his work as a visual artist, sculptor, videographer, producer, and special effects designer (Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Edward Scissorhands, Ghostbusters II, Batman Returns, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, 4 and 5, Dances with Wolves, Bride of the Re-Animator, Pet Sematary, Shocker, and License To Kill).
The Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection guitars are a new take on Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Gibson Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul, and Adam was heavily involved in creating the new guitar. Utilizing his extensive experience in visual art, special effects and design, Adam Jones is the director of the majority of Tool’s music videos and creates the visual experience on stage for the band. For the world premiere of the Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones Les Paul, Adam composed and scored “The Witness” a new song and animated short film. Watch/share the “The Witness,” on Gibson TV, HERE.
Following are images of the Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection Julie Heffernan’s “Study For Self-Portrait with Rose Skirt and a Mouse”: