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Gibson Custom 2012 1959 Les Paul Standard Full Gloss Electric Guitar
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This very limited edition of the Gibson Custom Shop, the 1959 Les Paul Standard Full Gloss Electric Guitar features several special touches created b...Click To Read More About This Product
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Go back in time and pick one up as it appeared in '59.
This very limited edition of the Gibson Custom Shop, the 1959 Les Paul Standard Full Gloss Electric Guitar features several special touches created by our guitar buyer. First, he hand-picked the individual pieces of figured maple that would form the tops of each of these guitars. Each piece has a unique and especially vibrant character that really makes each of these guitars pop. Then he specified the special rare and unique finish that appears on the cover of "The Beauty of the Burst" book by Yasuhiko Iwanade (and again on page 75) and asked for it to be completed in a full-gloss to re-create the guitar as it would have appeared fresh from the factory in 1959. The sum of this collaboration is a stunning Les Paul with serious historic mojo.
The only major change to the Les Paul Standard in 1959 was the addition of wider, fatter jumbo frets which facilitated more dramatic bends. The real force of this change was not felt until the late 1960s when rock and blues players like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, and Peter Green began to discover the fat, warm voice of the '59 Standard. This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the 1959 Les Paul Standard as the quintessential guitar in the minds of guitarists and collectors everywhere.
Using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and modern technology, the luthiers of the Gibson Custom Shop painstakingly reproduce the key elements that define cool, vintage instrument-stunning looks, flawless playability, and unsurpassed tone. Solid mahogany back, historically accurate long neck tenon for superior strength and sustain, period correct neck profiles, hardware and electronics, and 100% nitro-cellulose lacquer are all part of this special Gibson Custom Shop guitar.
Exact duplication of the 1959 carved top
Elimination of the subtle gap on the pickguard and rhythm pickup
Angle of neck pitch re-set to 1959 specs
Exact same filler and stain as used in 1959
Thinner lacquer to present exactly as a 1959 Les Paul did in finish and color
The binding has been adjusted 50/1000 to duplicate the 1959 model
Carved figured maple top
Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back
Single-ply cream binding on top
Thin toggle switch washer and jackplate
Aged nickel hardware
ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
Neck and Headstock
One-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret rosewood fingerboard Acrylic trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and color)
Single-ply cream binding
1959 rounded neck profile
24-3/4 inch scale length
1-11/16" nut width
Holly headstock veneer
Vintage tulip tuners
Electronics and Strings
BurstBucker 1 (rhythm) and
BurstBucker 2 (treble) pickups
CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
2 volume and 2 tone controls
3-way selector switch
Vintage Reissue .010 strings
Includes Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity, and custom care kit.
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For the price that you pay,take it from me I owned one and traded it in for 2 1958 vos's that smoked the 59 in acoustically vibrant sound and killer monster tone.........enough said.The only thing the 59 and 60 have I a killer flame top,but if you have an ear for tone believe the burst is not what makes the tone happen...wake up everybody...get with your ears not your eyes..