The Mini-bo guitar

Billy-bo in the version travel guitar….

In their early days, ZZ Top were the backing band on a Bo Diddley/Chuck Berry tour. At the end of the tour, Bo gave one of his three Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbirds to Billy Gibbons. Twenty-five years later, the ‘Reverend’ pulled the guitar out of its case again for another round… and the Billy Bo was born.

The Mini Bo has all the features of the Billy Bo: custom tailpiece, fingerboard markers, bindings and two Filtertron-type, hand-wired Growl pickups. Once plugged in, it has the unique personality and the rugged feel of its big sister. It rocks!

Technical Features

Material : Walnut with figured ash top
Finish : Red top and natural body

Neck material : Maple
Fingerboard material : Walnut
Finish : Natural
Scale : 628mm (24 3/4”)
Fingerboard Radius : 12”
Nut width : 43mm
Neck profile : C (thickness 1st fret 22mm/ 14th 24mm)
Truss rod : double action
Number of frets : 22- standard tall
Inlays : maple
Sillet :  Graphtech

Set-neck with long pin

Finish : chrome
Bridge :
Tailpiece :
Gotoh SG360
Strap :
Gotoh large

Neck Pickup : Growl Filtertron Neck
Bridge Pickup : Growl Filtertron Bridge
Switching : 1 volume , 1 tone

Gig bag : Cordura
Strings : 10-46 Savarez

Weight of the guitar : 2,500 kg
Weight of the guitar with gigbag : 2,910 kg
Length: 860 mm
Width : 210 mm

Some examples of models produced

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Press release

Judge Fredd test the Mini-bo in this press release (in French): La Mini-bo la prose de Judge Fredd

The first name of the Mini-bo was ZZbus and thanks to this article speaking about Billy-bo, Mini-bo, Mini belle, Mini brutasse… the name of this guitar became “Mini-bo”