Gibson announces the Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe

The Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe, from the Gibson Custom Shop, features a three-piece maple neck, gold finish and Mike’s favorite P-90 humbuckers.


Gibson is teaming up with producer and musician Mike Ness, who for 44 years was the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for punk and rock ‘n’ roll band Social Distortion. Mike’s primary guitar of choice is a modified 1976 Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop which was used to create the limited edition Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe from Gibson Custom Shop.

The Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe features a three-piece maple neck, two-piece plain maple top, and mahogany/maple/mahogany back. Mike replaced the humbuckers with his favorite P-90s and the guitar features a lighter weight adding to its overall versatility. The stunning Goldtop finish has been expertly aged by Murphy Lab craftsmen to match Mike’s original guitar. Additionally, the “Orange County”, “Clay Smith Cams Mr. Horsepower” and “I Voted” decals featured on Mike’s guitar are included.

Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe

At the age of four, Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness started listening to the radio and discovered The Beatles, CCR, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones. Growing up in the working-class suburb of Fullerton, California, he was raised on blues, classic rock, and country, and his earliest influences were pioneer rock and roll; controversial and rebellious musicians.

Social Distortion survived their tumultuous youth to pioneer an undeniably honest and fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll that would incorporate outlaw country, classic ’70s punk and primal blues. Seven studio albums and countless electrifying performances have earned the band a dedicated global fan base and a catalog of timeless anthems, including “Story Of My Life”, “Ball And Chain”, “Bad Luck”, “Machine Gun Blues “, and more. As he matured as a songwriter and musician, the solo recordings of Ness Cheating At Solitaire (1999) and Under The Influences (1999) incorporated the raw power and social relevance that had always marked his music, while embracing many defining styles of American music. rock and roll music. The Los Angeles Times described Ness as “one of rock’s most underrated pure songwriters.”

The Mike Ness 1976 Les Paul Deluxe is now available worldwide from authorized Gibson dealers, and on gibson.com.

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