Lead guitarist of BMTH, Lee Malia releases his limited edition Signature Les Paul Custom Artisan electric guitar.
November 4, 2014
2014 marks the 10th anniversary for London metallers Bring Me The Horizon. As well as planning their own little celebration to mark the occasion, this summer has also seen the arrival of lead guitarist Lee Malia’s limited edition Signature Les Paul Custom Artisan electric guitar, as announced by Epiphone back in June.
Speaking about his dreams of one day designing and creating his own guitar, Lee says: “I think in the back of my mind, I always had the idea that it was something I wanted to do. I never, ever thought that someone like Epiphone would actually ask and encourage me to do it. It’s pretty mental.”
How involved in the process was he? “I was involved from start to finish,” he says proudly. “They (Epiphone) would send me prototypes as it was slowly coming together, ask me what I thought and allow me to do what I felt was right. In the end, it worked out really well.”
So has he always been a Les Paul fan? “I played Gibson for a while when we were starting out and making ourselves known,” he admits. “But now, especially now that I have my own signature guitar, I love playing a Les Paul. I think guitars are ultimately personal to whoever is playing one – there is no right or wrong guitar for a person as such, I just think everyone has to find the one that fits for them, and I like to think that mine will do that for people. To see it in shops is just mind-blowing.”
The guitar itself is described as having ‘the now classic and easy-to-spot Les Paul profile, with a maple top with a walnut gloss finish, with mahogany body and neck’. It also has ivory and black binding, gold hardware, features the now classic and easy-to-spot Les Paul profile with a maple top with a walnut gloss finish, and a mahogany neck and body. It also has ivory and black binding, gold hardware and combines a P-94 single coil pick up (rhythm position) and a Gibson 84T-LM (trademark) humbucker with coil tapping (bridge position).
“I wanted to create something that ultimately looks really classy, but would also be also within most peoples’ price range,” comments Lee. “What I love about this guitar is that anyone could pick it up, and not even realise, because of its versatility, that I play in a metal band. It’s a really good quality sounding instrument. You can get a nice tone straight into a computer and not have to use an amp mod to get it to sound good. I am so proud of this guitar.”
Would he consider himself a collector of guitars? “I must have about forty now!” he says with a laugh. “I think my first cost me about eighty pounds and was called Falcon or something, but I have them all at home, and they’re just so personal to me, each one of them. Some have bigger stories behind them than others, and there’s one I will never, ever be able to part with, but yeah, my collection is pretty important to me.”
On the back of their last album ‘Sempiternal’ which was released last April, BMTH have seen truly cemented their place as the UK’s leading metal band, and their star looks set to rise even further in the coming months. With multiple sell-out tours already behind them, some of the craziest and best-loved sets at festivals tucked under their belts, could Lee, out of all the shows he’s played, pick a favourite? “Reading Festival in 2013 was insane,” he says. “The crowd were just so into everything we threw at them, I think there was like four circle pits, and there was just a really good atmosphere. I love festivals in general but that was something else.”
The band are due to hit the road in the States with A Day To Remember this autumn before returning to the UK for a huge show at Wembley Arena. “I’m looking forward to that US tour,” says Lee. “As we’re only a support band, we can just go out there, play a set of about forty minutes and just have fun. There pressure’s off us in a way, which is nice, but we just love getting on stage and playing a great show no matter where in the world we are.” And of Wembley he adds: “It’s immense to think we’re going to play there. We’ve started planning a few things for the show, and no doubt we’ll think up a few more, but to think back on the small shows we started out playing at, then suddenly realise we’re playing Wembley is just incredible. It’s been a great last eighteen months for us, what with the album doing so well and the shows we’ve played, but I believe there’s even better to come. We’re a band who thoroughly enjoy what we do, we don’t set ourselves any targets as such; we just get out there and play. I believe the fact that we don’t set ourselves against any other bands means we can just be ourselves, and I think our fans in particular really admire and respect that.”
Tickets for BMTH’s Wembley Arena show on December 5th are on sale now.