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Gibson Custom 2013 1958 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue VOS Plaintop   

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By the time the sunburst finish finally arrived on Gibsons Les Paul Model in 1958, the guitar had already evolved through several modifications throu...Read More

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By the time the sunburst finish finally arrived on Gibsons Les Paul Model in 1958, the guitar had already evolved through several modifications through the course of the decade, including the arrival of the Tune-o-matic bridge in 1956 and humbucking pickups in 1957. As legendary as 50s Les Pauls have become, Gibson had sold fewer of the guitar every year since 1953, the year following its introduction, when the company shipped 2,245 Les Pauls.

Gibson president Ted McCarty blamed some of the models waning popularity on its flashy Goldtop finish, and attempted to bolster its appeal with an elegant and more traditional Cherry Sunburst finish. Since this finish now displayed the grain of the guitars carved maple top, Gibson also now used œbookmatched two-piece tops glued together with a center seam, giving each guitar its very own distinct look and marking the beginning of the guitar worlds fascination with figured maple tops, even though the majority of the tops used in 1958 were considered œplain when compared to the tops used one year later and beyond.

The 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue from Gibsons Custom Shop presents the most accurate recreation yet available of this first incarnation of the hallowed œBurst, in a guitar that contains all the crucial ingredients, with a less showy maple top that is sometimes considered more authentic looking than those with highly detailed figuring. Also, while all Les Pauls were finished in Cherry Sunburst in 1958, these faded in greatly varying degrees, which are now accurately represented in the 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue finish selections. Available in VOS are Bourbon Burst, Faded Tobacco Burst, Iced Tea Burst, Lemon Burst, Sunrise Tea Burst and Washed Cherry Sunburst. Gloss choice is Washed Cherry Sunburst.

The 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue relies on the ingredients that made the Les Paul a classic in the first place, but puts them together in the way that first began to show off what was going on underneath the finish. The Gibson Custom Shop uses a body of solid, non-weight relieved mahogany, which blends depth and richness with the snap and clarity of the maple top. The quarter-sawn mahogany neck still has a chunky, rounded 50s profile, which, in combination with the traditional long-tenon neck joint, enhances sustain and resonance as well as feeling great in the hand.

In addition to these classic ingredients, the 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue also benefits from Gibson Customs 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Aniline dye beneath its nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

Gibson Customs new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late 50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF œbite. These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitars volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing œwoman tone when you roll back the tone controls. To top it all off, the 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibsons state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.

Every guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity, an owners manual and adjustment literature.

True to the original with a carved top, solid mahogany body and Burstbucker pickups.

  • One-piece rosewood fingerboards
  • Aniline Dye
  • Kluson Deluxe machine heads
  • Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit
  • Custom Buckers
  • Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing)
  • Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
  • Includes Gibson Custom case

Whether or not you were born in 58, this is a must-have. Order today.


2013 1958 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue VOS Plaintop

  • Body
    Top: Carved Maple Top
    Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
    Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
    Profile: Early '50s Rounded
    Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
    Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Species: One-piece Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Binding: Single-ply Cream
    Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Material: Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer w/ Pearl logo
    Truss Rod: Cover Vintage Black and White
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Model: Kluson Deluxe
    Tuning Ratio: 12:01
    Plating: Nickel
    Type: ABR-1 bridge
    Plating: Nickel
    Type: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
    Plating: Nickel
    Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickguard: Cream
    Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
    Control Plate: Cover Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Neck Position: Custom Bucker
    Bridge Position: Custom Bucker
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    Capacitors: Bumblebee
    Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
    Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Treatment: Aniline Dye
    Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
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