Gibson and American Songwriter Magazine Announce Worldwide Contest to Celebrate the Release of the ‘Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior’

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Gibson and American Songwriter Magazine Announce Worldwide Contest to Celebrate the Release of the
‘Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior’

Sign-Up For An American Songwriter Membership To Win A
‘Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior,’ and
Receive Three-Months Of Guitar Lessons For FREE From
Gibson’s Amped Guitar

Above: Lukas Nelson with his Gibson USA Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior.
For the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior spec sheet: Here.
“The new Signature model Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Jr. accurately emanates what Lukas feels when he’s performing night after night. This instrument definitely accentuates the sound of your fingers, heart and soul through its barebones yet timeless outfit. …The amount of sustain and volume that comes off the guitar is almost acoustic-like, which makes the guitar sound even better after it’s plugged in to an amp. Plugged in, this guitar is an absolute animal.”
–Nick Ryan Piescor, AMERICAN SONGWRITER (Gear review, 9/1/2020)

NASHVILLE, TN (September 2, 2020) In celebration of the release of the new Lukas Nelson 1956 Les Paul Junior guitar, Gibson and American Songwriter magazine have partnered to offer fans across the world the chance to win the new Lukas Nelson 1956 Les Paul Junior guitar and receive three months of guitar lessons for FREE from Amped Guitar–the #1 guitar learning app.

For the month of September, the first 1,000 sign-ups for an American Songwriter membership will receive three months of FREE guitar lessons from Amped Guitar and automatically be entered to win the Lukas Nelson 1956 Les Paul Junior guitar giveaway. For full details and terms for the Gibson and American Songwriter contest, visit:

“We are excited to partner with Gibson to offer a special American Songwriter membership promotion and guitar giveaway around the release of the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior,” adds Zac Litwack, Chief Marketing Officer, American Songwriter. “This year especially, we feel that is important to bring fans closer to their favorite songwriters and artists with creative, engaging content.”

“Lukas is a one-of-a-kind talent and this guitar is an extension of his artistic vision,” says Beth Heidt, Global Director of Entertainment Relations, Gibson. “The Amped Guitar learning app encourages newcomers and inspires advanced guitar players to grow and teaming with American Songwriter allows us to reach people who have never picked up a guitar, but always wanted to try.”

Lukas and Gibson’s Luthiers worked closely to develop his Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior. Lukas who fronts the acclaimed Promise Of The Real (which also backs Neil Young), road-tested several prototypes on tour over the past year and a half and the end result is Lukas’s vision. Based off his beloved 1956 Les Paul Junior which has been his main guitar for several years, the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior is rooted in tradition with some modern enhancements.

Catch the full Lukas Nelson interview in the September print and digital issue of American Songwriter magazine (out everywhere by 9/8), and read the full review of the Lukas Nelson Gibson 1956 Les Paul Junior from the new issue here:

Watch Lukas Nelson talk about his new guitar on Gibson TV, HERE.

Above: Gibson USA Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior.

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About Lukas Nelson:
With his primary focus as the front man of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real over the release of six studio albums, four Eps and world tours, Lukas and the band have evolved into an emergent and vital force in American music. In song after song, on stage after stage, Lukas and POTR have sharpened the edges of their singular sound, one that nods to their influences while also pushing forward into uncharted territory. The never-ending road also beckons with additional projects, Lukas and his band POTR’s frequent performances as Neil Young’s band and of course, performances alongside his father in Willie Nelson & Family. Earlier this year, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real released Naked Garden via Fantasy Records. A companion to the group’s acclaimed 2019 LP, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), this 15-track collection captures the joyful spirit and creative intensity of POTR’s ‘News’ with previously unreleased songs and alternate cuts that came out of those sessions at Shangri-La and Village Studios. Wide-ranging in scope and minimalist production Naked Garden embodies the band’s shared spiritual connection and consummate musical chemistry. Guitarist/vocalist Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real which is rounded out by bassist Corey McCormick, drummer Anthony LoGerfo, percussionist Tato Melgar and multi-instrumentalist Logan Metz, teamed with John Alagia to produce Naked Garden. A few of the album’s many highlights includes the studio version of fan favorite “Entirely Different Stars,” the plaintive romance of “Movie In My Mind,” a rough, early-stage version of “Bad Case,” and Lukas’s unearthly falsetto on the classic country waltz, “The Way You Say Goodbye.” Listen to the lead track, a supercharged, alternate version of “Civilized Hell” HERE and purchase Naked Garden HERE.

About American Songwriter:
American Songwriter ( was founded in 1984, and acquired by Savage Ventures in 2019. The publication and site offer a wide variety of content. They share in-depth Q&As with up-and-coming, established and legendary songwriters, cover recording technology (including the latest gadgets and gear every songwriter should know about), and report on the business of music publishing with interviews and insight from publishers, producers, and other industry professionals. American Songwriter explores all genres of music – from country to hip-hop, folk to classical, rock to pop, blues to electronica and soul to R&B. Distributed internationally with a heavy domestic subscriber base, the readership of American Songwriter is just as diverse as its contents, including both professional and aspiring songwriters, music fans, music publishers, studio owners, copyright lawyers, record label presidents, and music consumers.

About Gibson:
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and the Gibson Pro Audio division KRK Systems. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Gibson TV and Instagram.


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