Epiphone Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe Pro
Epiphone re-issues the Genesis Deluxe Pro, retaining its unique double-cutaway shape with upgraded coil-tap circuitry.
This new limited edition remake is based on the original Epiphone Genesis model released from 1979 to 1981.
They pre-announced this guitar last year with the intent of finding out what guitar players want to see on the upcoming limited edition model. Staying true to their word, Epiphone now unveils the Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe Pro with updated features.
Although it may look like the double cutaway is just an excuse to save wood, the new limited edition Genesis Deluxe Pro actually follows the same contour and shape that gave the original its distinct look. This remake captures the same vibe and look while incorporating modern features and improved aesthetics.
Aside from its unique looking shape, the Genesis Deluxe Pro does not stray too far from traditional, tried and tested, Gibson design. The body of the guitar is made of solid mahogany, the all-too-familiar wood that Gibson and Epiphone applies on most of their instruments. To enhance its visual appeal, the body is outfitted with a quilt maple veneer top bound by a 1-ply cream binding.
The neck of the guitar is also made of mahogany, with a scale length of 24.75" and with a 12" radius. It is glued-in to the body for improved stability and is carved into a comfortable SlimTaper "D" profile. It features a rosewood fretboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and pearloid trapezoid inlays, all wrapped by a single ply cream binding that matches body.
The original Genesis did support coil-tapping via a small mini toggle, however it did not allow for coil-tapping each individual pickup. The new Limited Edition Genesis Deluxe Pro offers upgraded Epiphone ProBucker pickups, which allow for coil-tapping on both pickups. These pickups are designed to mimic the behavior and tonality of Gibson's popular PAF humbuckers, while having the versatility of modern coil tapping. They are made using the same type of magnet, Alnico II, which allows it emulate the sound of vintage PAF pickups. The ProBucker 3 on the bridge is slightly overwound for additional grit and edge.
Aside from the pickup's approximation of classic tones, they also feature coil tapping, which can be activated by pushing or pulling the volume knob. This helps expand its tonal capacity from hot humbucker tones to single-coil sounds.
Other hardware include a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge that is paired with a Stopbar tailpiece. They both feature Epiphones patent pending design wherein the bridge and tailpiece are auto-locked without any special tools. Finally, Grover 18:1 machine heads ensure tuning and stability.
Having been made by Epiphone, this limited edition instrument is expected to be affordable, competing with other electric guitars under $500, I've seen online stores mention that they will begin shipping the Genesis Deluxe Pro by the 15th of March, 2013. For more information, you can visit Epiphone.
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