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Charlie Starr’s Beloved 1956 Guitar Inspires New Gibson Les Paul Junior – Travel And Tour World

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As it celebrates 130 years of music history, Gibson, the iconic global instrument brand, is thrilled to announce its partnership with Charlie Starr, frontman, singer-songwriter, and guitarist for the Southern rock group Blackberry Smoke. Today, Gibson unveiled the new Charlie Starr Les Paul™ Junior, a tribute to his cherished 1956 model, crafted from digital scans of his original guitar. The Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior is now available worldwide at authorized Gibson dealers and on

Charlie Starr frequently uses a Les Paul Junior for both studio recordings and live performances with Blackberry Smoke. His preference for the Les Paul Junior has shaped his distinctive guitar tone and playing style, contributing significantly to the band’s unique sound. The Gibson Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior faithfully recreates Charlie’s go-to guitar. It features a mahogany neck with a 50s neck profile, digitally scanned and replicated from Charlie’s favorite Les Paul Junior, a custom-designed overwound P-90 pickup, and an adjustable Wraparound bridge with locking studs. It comes in a Historic Les Paul Junior “Gator Skin” hardshell case and includes a Charlie Starr Signature Ceramic Slide and a Hey Ya’ll sticker, complete with Charlie’s original misspelling. The Gibson Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior is available in Dark Walnut and Ebony, with only 250 guitars made in each color.

Watch and share the new interview with Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke on the Gibson Gear Guide. Charlie and host Dinesh Lekraj discuss his passion for Gibson Les Paul Juniors. Charlie demonstrates his unique slide sound and his bending and slide techniques that distinguish the country guitar style from the Southern-rock sound. Watch the full episode HERE and skip to see his new Gibson Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior signature guitar HERE.

Fans can also explore Charlie’s extensive vintage guitar collection in this episode of the Gibson TV series “The Collection,” hosted by Mark Agnesi, HERE.

Charlie Starr, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke, hails from Lanett, AL, and was born into a musical family. His grandfather was in a well-known gospel band, his grandmother played mandolin and piano, and his father, an accomplished guitarist, introduced him to the instrument that would become his passion and career.

From an early age, Starr developed a love for playing guitar, writing, and singing. In December 2017, he was named one of Music Radar’s top 23 guitarists, joining the ranks of “rock guitar gods” like Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Slash of Guns N’ Roses, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

The critically acclaimed Georgia-based band Blackberry Smoke, featuring Starr, Brandon Still, guitarist/vocalist Paul Jackson, bassist/vocalist Richard Turner, and the late drummer Brit Turner, has built a dedicated fanbase over the past two decades. The group’s last five full-length albums have achieved significant chart success, including 2021’s You Hear Georgia, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart.

Earlier this year, Blackberry Smoke released their new album Be Right Here via Thirty Tigers. For this album, the group reunited with GRAMMY-Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, creating music that is raw and immediate-sounding. Listen to Be Right Here HERE.

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