Epiphone–the leader in affordable professional instruments– proudly presents the new Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit, the debut signature model by Vivian Campbell, the iconic guitarist for Dio and Def Leppard. The Holy Diver is based on Vivian’s prized Les Paul used on Dio’sclassic albums Holy Diverand The Last in Line and features a Mahogany body with a Maple cap, DiMarzio® X2N open coil humbuckers, an EpiLiteTM case, and a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity. Available for a limited time only. See Authorized Epiphone Dealers for details and for more information, visit: www.epiphone.com.
Vivian Campbell’s “Holy Diver” Les Paul was designed with Epiphone’s team of luthiers in Nashville, TN and is directly modeled on Campbell’s first Les Paul purchased as a teenager in Belfast, Ireland. This original Les Paul went on to be Campbell’s primary touring and recording guitar when he joined Dio in 1983. Watch Vivian Campbell describe the history behind his “Holy Diver” Les Paul, below.
“First of all, I’m flattered that Epiphone would do this for me,” says Vivian Campbell. “It’s a quality guitar. Over the decades I’ve amassed a lot of guitars, but my original Les Paul is certainly the most valuable. It’s been quite a journey that we’ve been on. I hope the Epiphone ‘Holy Diver’ means as much to some young guitar player as my own heroes did to me back in the day.”
The Epiphone Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” has a classic Les Paul profile made from Mahogany with a Maple cap in a Black Aged Gloss finish, a 3-piece Maple neck with volute, an Indian Laurel fingerboard, and medium jumbo frets. To power the “Holy Diver,” Campbell chose DiMarzio® X2N humbuckers with wide bar pole pieces that produce a powerful magnetic field to easily push your amp into overdrive. Hardware includes a brass nut and output jack, an ABR-1 LockToneTM Bridge and Stopbar tailpiece for fast and reliable intonation, and chrome Epiphone Strap Locks. An EpiLiteTM case and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Vivian Campbell is included. Look for the Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit at Authorized Epiphone Dealers everywhere in Fall 2019.
Watch Vivian and his Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul live in action during the currentDef Leppard U.S. shows in Las Vegas, NV and Manchester, TN. For all Def Leppard dates, visit: http://www.defleppard.com/tour.
Read an exclusive interview with Vivian Campbell and Epiphone, here.
Considering the unkind remarks Vivian has made about RJD, I think shame on Vivian for again trying to cash in on the RJD legacy. Eh, the guitar is probably a hologram, anyway…..
Considering no RJD album was as popular, as legendary or as good on almost any level as the first three albums Vivian wrote and played on, I’d say RJD shot himself in the foot treating him like crap. Appice, who played drums confirmed it. RJD gave his whole band the shaft, Vivian just stood up for himself.
There was no Last in Line or Holy Diver without Vivian and the band RJD rode those songs for decades. Seems like maybe RJD cashed in the magic of his first band while hiring soundalikes to recreate it.
Good for Vivian for owning what he created. Those were legendary and iconic riffs and solos.
For a guy who had a pretty acrimonious split with Ronnie James Dio, Viv Campbell sure has found innovative ways to cash in on his Dio connection…
Good for Viv. He wrote god like riffs on those albums. RJD was awesome but lets not forget the crap he did to his band for $$ at the time. Maybe time would have healed those wounds had RJD not left so soon, but both of them were very nasty to each other in the press. Glad Vivian able to own what he helped create. If anyone learned to play guitar in the 80’s, those albums were integral in learning riffs.
I don’t see it that way. And I’m a RJD fan too but Ronnie had as much bad to say about Viv and vice versa. It just gives the appearance of bad taste/disrespect because Ronnie has passed. Plus Vivian had no outlet when Ronnie was alive. It would have been an odd thing to see Last in Line with Ronnie still out there IMHO.