Lee Malia of modern metal titans 'Bring Me The Horizon' has collaborated with Epiphone to design his very own signature guitar. Using the renowned RD body shape, this guitar screams style with with its mix of forward-thinking hardware and vintage aesthetics.
In order to meet Lee's demands and the technical nature of BMTH's music, the Epiphone Lee Malia Signature model features a raft of modern hardware and electronics.
With Gibson USA pickups, this guitar can deliver the distinctive hi-gain tone that Lee and the band are recognised for. With a Gibson 84T-LM humbucker in the bridge, designed specifically for Lee, this powerful pickup is capable of handling supreme levels of gain with no issues whatsoever. Providing a thick, saturated tone with a strong presence in the mid-range, this pickup lets you cut through the mix with huge, punchy riffs or soaring solos.
A P-94 pickup in the neck position offers higher output compared to most standard single-coil pickups, meaning you get more sustain and bite. This allows Lee to get a sweet clean tone when necessary, often complemented with chorus and delay effects commonly heard in his music. An ergnonomic "dummy coil" has been added underneath the scratchplate, forming an artificial humbucker that ensures that the neck pickup doesn't produce any unwanted hum.
A LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge offers brilliant stability and comfort, perfect for dishing out heavy palm-muted riffs. It's locking design ensures security when changing strings, and it's firm contact with the posts (fixed into the body wood) provides almost everlasting sustain.
A mahogany body gives this instrument a warm and full-bodied tone, with rich lows and a strong mid-range push. The maple top helps to bring out the highs, so you can get crystal clear definition with or without distortion. Finished in a beautiful 70's-inspired walnut gloss, this guitar has an old-school look that will inspire you to just pick it up and play.
This guitar features an unconventional neck profile for metal, with a comfortable and substantial-feeling "1959" rounded C carve. A thicker neck gives this guitar a smoother, chunkier tone that will bring out the hard-hitting punch in your riffs.
Here's what Epiphone say about the Ltd Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit:
Epiphone presents the Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit designed with Lee Malia of Bring Me the Horizon. Featuring the vintage 1970s "RD" profile in Lee's signature Walnut finish with a Gibson USA P-94 single coil and 84T-LM™ humbucker pickup, vintage style "Artisan" inlay, and custom gigbag with hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity.
A New Sound for A New Generation: The original "RD" line of guitars and basses were first released in the late 70s as a "Research and Development" series that combined cutting edge electronics with classic style. It's a fitting design for Lee Malia, who has emerged as one of the leading guitarists of his generation for his work in the pioneering pop and metal band Bring Me the Horizon.
Like Lee's classic Les Paul Custom Artisan, the Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit features Malia's favorite Walnut finish with Ivory and Black binding on the body and headstock along with an "Artisan" floral inlay in pearloid on a smooth Torrefied Composite fingerboard. The Mahogany body has a Maple top to add bite to the tone. The Mahogany neck has an easy-to-play "1959" Rounded "C" profile with a 24.75" scale length. The black traditional "clipped ear" headstock also has floral inlay with a pearloid "Epiphone" logo in 60s era typeface with a "Lee Malia" signature screened on the back.
Gibson USA Pickups with Coil-Splitting: To get his distinctive tone, Lee Malia prefers the combination of a sensitive P-94 single coil pickup for rhythm and a powerful Gibson 84T-LM™ humbucker for solos. In between the two pickups under the pickguard is a "Dummy Coil" that cancels the "hum" when in single-coil mode. Classic "TopHat" knobs with metal inserts control neck and bridge Volume and Tone. The bridge volume pot also serves as a coil-spitting control (via a push/pull switch) so the humbucker can also be used as a single-coil pickup.
Epiphone Rock Solid Hardware: Lee Malia's Ltd. Ed. RD Custom Artisan features stylish gold hardware including premium 14:1 ratio die-cast machine heads with "tulip" buttons plus Epiphone's road worthy exclusive non-rotating, heavy duty output jack with a metal output jack plate. Set up and intonation is easy thanks to the classic combo of a LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece. The three-way toggle switch is on the upper bout. A custom gigbag and a Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by Lee Malia are also included.
Limited Lifetime Warranty: The Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia RD Custom Artisan Outfit comes with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson's legendary 365/24/7 Customer Service. Limited Editions don't last long, especially when they are designed by Lee Malia! See your Authorized Epiphone Dealer today!
Body & Bridge
- Shape: Vintage 70s ‘’RD’’
- Top: Maple
- Body: Mahogany
- Binding: 7-Layer Ivory/Black
- Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
- Construction: Set-In
- Finish: Walnut
Neck & Fingerboard
- Neck: Mahogany
- Profile: ‘’1959’’ Rounded C-Shape
- Scale Length: 24.75”
- Fingerboard: Torrefied Composite
- Binding: 1 Layer Ivory
- Radius: 12”
- Frets: 22
- Inlays: Classic Pearloid ‘’Artisan’’ Floral Pattern
- Nut: Ivory, Artificial Bone
- Nut Width: 1.6875”
Electronics & Hardware
- Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA 84T-LM Humbucker
- Middle Pickup: ‘’Dummy Coil’’
- Neck Pickup: Gibson USA P-94 Single Coil
- Controls: 1 x Neck Volume, 1 x Bridge Volume (Coil-Split), 2 x Tone, 3-Way Toggle Switch
- Tuners: Premium Diecast w/Metal ‘’Tulip’’ Buttons, 14:1 Ratio
- Control Knobs: Black Tophats w/Metal Inserts
- Truss Rod Cover: Black ‘’Bell’’ Shape w/’’RD Artisan’’ in White
- Output Jack: Epiphone Exclusive Non-Rotating, Heavy Duty w/Metal Plate
- Pickguard: PVS 4-Ply White/Black/White/Black
- Hardware: Gold
- Case Included: Premium Gig Bag
- Accessories: Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity, Epiphone StrapLocks