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Gibson Custom 20th Anniversary 1959 Reissue Les Paul Standard VOS   

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its Historic Reissue Series, Gibson Custom has already rolled out three very special guitars”and as the close of...Click To Read More About This Product

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A stunning recreation of the most desirable Les Paul ever.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its Historic Reissue Series, Gibson Custom has already rolled out three very special guitars”and as the close of 2013 approaches, Gibson Custom is pleased to present the zenith of the Les Paul 20th Anniversary Collection: the stunningly accurate 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue. This limited run of 100 guitars represents the culmination of the Historic Reissue program™s steady evolution toward the most exacting, period-correct ™59 Les Paul Standards ever produced. The many revised and rediscovered techniques result in a guitar that looks, feels, and sounds like a vintage original.

For the first time in many years, both Edwin Wilson and Tom Murphy worked side by side to select 100 guitar tops and develop the sunburst finish specifically for this run. Tom Murphy sprayed each burst as he did when the Historic Series first began in 1993. In addition, the 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue benefits from the entire spectrum of Gibson Custom™s 20th Anniversary Specifications for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Reissue Kluson Deluxe œgreen key tuners, hot-hide neck glue, 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 Red Aniline dye beneath its nitrocellulose lacquer finish”the latter treated to Gibson Custom™s proprietary VOS process for a gently worn look and feel.

Gibson Custom™s 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 clarity and œbite. These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar™s volume controls, while œBumble Bee tone caps assist in creating that warm, singing œwoman tone when you roll back the tone controls.

To really make this celebration one for the history books, Gibson Custom also includes a wealth of 20th Anniversary collateral: a œretro logo dust cover, commemorative stamped œ20th Anniversary toggle switch access cover medallion (with a spare historic plastic cover in the case), hand-written Certificate of Authenticity print, and a pair of white gloves for those who want to use extra caution when handling this rare piece of history. Alternatively, take off the white gloves and play it like crazy”the 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue is virtually indistinguishable from an original burst™s unrivalled feel and sublime tone. Now™s your chance to claim a piece of history at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.

Body and Neck
The body of the 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight mahogany topped with a beautifully figured maple top hand-selected by Edwin Wilson and Tom Murphy. The neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the beloved ™59 profile, then topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard featuring aged celluloid trapezoid inlays. The guitar™s top is finished in a luscious gently faded sunburst dubbed œMurphy burst, with genuine red aniline dye on the back and neck, all in nitrocellulose lacquer.

Pickups and Electronics
The original PAF humbucking pickups are a crucial part of the œburst tone in any original late-™50s Les Paul, and Gibson Custom created its Custom Buckers to capture all the sonic glory of the originals. Made with Alnico III magnets, with coils scatter-wound to precision specs, these pickups are essentially clones of the originals. They'e routed through the traditional four-knob control section with CTS potentiometers and a three-way Switchcraft switch, with tone shaped by œbumble bee tone capacitors.

Period-correct hardware graces the 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue throughout, including reissue Kluson Deluxe œgreen-key tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece”all nickel-plated. The binding retains the accurate vintage color, as do the pickup rings and pickguard, and the guitar carries a traditional black/white œbell truss-rod cover.

Case and Extras
Each 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue includes a Custom Shop hardshell case and owner™s manual, a œretro logo dust cover, a pair of while gloves, a commemorative stamped œ20th Anniversary toggle switch access cover medallion (with a spare historic plastic cover in the case), and hand-written Certificate of Authenticity print.

  • One-piece Mahogany back with unique figured Maple top
  • Bound Rosewood fingerboard with nitrocellulose trapezoid Inlays
  • Pair of powerful Custom Bucker pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Nickel plated ABR-1 bridge with lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece
  • Kluson„¢ Deluxe œgreen-key tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
  • Includes case

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20th Anniversary 1959 Reissue Les Paul Standard VOS

  • Body
    Top: Unique Figured Maple
    Back: 1-Piece Mahogany
    Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Maple Spline
    Profile: ™59 Profile
    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: Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Binding: Single-ply Cream
    Inlays: Nitrocellulose Trapezoid
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Material: Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Inlay: Holly Headstock with 'Gibson' Pearl Logo
    Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Model: Kluson„¢ Deluxe Green Key
    Tuning: Ratio 12:01
    Plating: Nickel
    Type: ABR-1 Tune-o-matic
    Plating: Nickel
    Type: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
    Plating: Nickel
    Pickguard: Reissue Cream
    Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs with Dial Pointers
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickup Rings: Cream
    Control Plate Cover: Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Neck Position: Custom Bucker (Alnico III)
    Bridge Position: Custom Bucker (Alnico III)
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    Capacitors: Bumble Bee
    Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Vintage Toggle Cap
    Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
    Certificate of Authenticity 20th Anniversary hand-crafted Certificate of Authenticity-framed, pair of white gloves for handling, custom fitted dust-cover with "retro" 1993 Custom Shop logo, 20th Anniversary medallion affixed over the Rhythm/Treble switch access plate.
    Additional Materials
    Each 20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue comes with an extra switch plate, adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar' limited lifetime warranty.
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