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Gibson Custom 2014 Collector's Choice #12 1957 Goldtop Les Paul Electric Guitar

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An outstanding example of its breed.

Gibson Custom' Collector' Choice series recreates specific vintage Les Pauls held in notable collections to provide players around the world the opportunity to experience the precise look, feel, and tone of some of the rarest guitars in history.

All Les Pauls selected for the series are extremely special, but Collector' Choice #12 has a special place because the original 1957 Goldtop is owned by none other than Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Brands and the man who rescued perhaps the most beloved American guitar maker from near extinction.

Regardless of its owner, however, this sublime ™57 Les Paul is an outstanding example of its breed and a guitar worthy of recreation by any measure. With a sweet, thick, mellow tone--the epitome of the irresistible œgently aged Goldtop look--and a slightly œcheeky, rounded neck profile that nails every guitar fan' dream of the perfect ™50s playing feel, it' a Les Paul that will take player and collector straight to that hallowed year and most prized rendition of the Les Paul Goldtop.

The Collector' Choice #12 1957 Les Paul Goldtop has been crafted based on unrestricted hands-on analysis of the original guitar, and with the full cooperation of its current owner (¦well, his office is just down the hall). The guitar' two Custom Bucker S pickups have been recreated to the exact specs and materials of the original PAFs in Mr. Juszkiewicz' guitar, and exhibit a slightly lighter wind than average, resulting in outstanding definition and clarity, yet plenty of thickness and body.

Its archetypal Goldtop finish has that characteristic slight greening caste within its bronze and subtle darkening in the lacquer checks and wear patterns, with hand aging by Gibson Custom to precisely match the look of #7-3939 as it stands today. Collector' Choice #12 is offered in a run of up to 300 guitars, with the availability of qualifying materials determining the ultimate number.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Maple
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Early '50s rounded
Neck wood: Mahogany with maple spline
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Reissue
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Trapezoid
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HH
Neck: CustomBucker
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: CustomBucker
Brand: Gibson
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: Bumblebee capacitors
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: ABR
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Kluson deluxe
Color: Nickel
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Relic treatment
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
Country of origin: United States

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