Rare Electric GuitarRock luminaries Billy F Gibbons and Bo Diddley have joined forces to bring you a 21st century version of the elusive Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird, now dubbed the "Billy-Bo". Designed in '59 from Bo Diddley's talented hand...!
"Some time ago, Bo gave me the guitar as a gift. It was during the recent ZZ Top recordings when the engineering crew and I snaked through the guitar vault searching for that 'certain-something' guitar and there it was! We didn't risk subjecting such a rare instrument to the rigors of the road so this new, reproduction model was recreated with some BFG Mojo thrown in for good measure. It's now the main stage guitar with a groove." -Billy F Gibbons
The new Gretsch "Billy-Bo" Jupiter Thunderbird will highlight Bo's original futuristic design with Billy's added ingredients for a steaming hot helping of dirty rotten Rock 'N' Roll.
The Billy-Bo features a heavily chambered mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, ultra-thin laminate maple top, and TV Jones Power’Tron (neck) and Power’Tron “Plus” (bridge) pickups. The neck is relatively thin and has a very smooth feel. The tone of this instrument is surprisingly vintage for such a modern looking guitar. The action is set fairly aggressive making the Billy-Bo perfect for blues-rock and rock. I have to admit that I was skeptical when I first saw it, but the Billy Bo is one hell of a blues guitar. Billy Gibbons definitely knew what he was doing when he designed this one. More info, contact us.