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Gibson Custom 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Amber Honeyburst Electric Guitar

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A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul would be incomplete without a Bigsby-equipped example. The Bigsby is the classic vi...Click To Read More About This Product

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A most sought-after Les Paul accurately reproduced.

A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul would be incomplete without a Bigsby-equipped example. The Bigsby is the classic vibrato tailpiece associated with Gibson guitars and has been long-favored by a wide variety of luminaries including Keith Richards, Neil Young, Chet Atkins, and Lonnie Mack. From the gentle shimmer of a ninth chord to the distorted dissonance of a Neil Young solo, the Bigsby adds a unique color to your sonic palate. The 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul in Amber Honey Burst is a spot-on color representation of page 56 of the quintessential burst-lovers bible; Yasuhiko Iwandade's The Beauty of the 'Burst.* This is a knockout shade of faded burst resembling a sunset glow. Limited to 25 instruments worldwide!

The only major change to the Les Paul "Sunburst" 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 Les Paul, that they called the "Sunburst." This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the 1959 Les Paul Sunburst as the quintessential electric guitar in the minds of guitarists and collectors everywhere.

Using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and modern technology, the Gibson Custom Shop luthiers painstakingly reproduce the key elements that define stunning, vintage looks, flawless playability, and incredible tone. Solid mahogany back, historically accurate long neck tenon for superior strength and sustain, period correct neck profiles, hardware and electronics, and 100% nitrocellulose lacquer are all part of this special Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul guitar.

*The Beauty of The Burst is available from us - search for product# 901516

FEATURES
  • 2009 R9 Changed Features:
  • Nylon 6/6 nut
  • Improved ABR-1 bridge (no-wire, tighter tolerances)
  • Historically correct nickel-plated brass bridge saddles
  • Correct alloy saddle adjustment screws
  • Bridge height-adjusting thumbwheels are now thinner
  • Neck profile changed - now has less "shoulders"
  • Audio taper CTS pots
  • '50s wiring
  • Pickup routes adjusted so that pickups will be parallel to the strings
  • Top carve changed to be closer to several original '59s that were scanned
  • Body perimeter change - slightly tighter in waist, cutaway area refined to be more like originals
  • The maple cap is very slightly thinner, the mahogany body is very slightly thicker
  • The fingerboard is slightly thinner
  • The step from neck heel to back of body is taller and more correct
  • The taper of the "maple window" under the binding in cutaway is more accurate
  • The maple spline (filler strip) in the tenon is more accurate
  • The edge radius on the backside of the body is tighter (less rounded)
  • The "mustache curve" of the headstock top has been flattened slightly
  • The control cavity plate has been relocated, has the correct side taper, and now uses the correct ABS plastic
  • The pickguard shape has changed slightly
  • The pickguard bracket and screw have been changed
  • The truss rod cover has been reshaped to be more accurate
  • The serial number location is slightly lower and more correct
  • Dial pointers are less sharp
  • The strap button screws are longer
  • The jack hole is now the correct 1" diameter
  • The toggle switch nut has more correct knurled pattern
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Amber Honey Burst finish Rare select carved figured top
  • New nylon nut material
  • Thinner fingerboard
  • Ultrathin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • '59 rounded neck profile
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • Gibson BurstBuckers pickups
  • Thin single-ply white binding on neck
  • Nickel hardware
  • Faithful recreation to original 1959 Les Paul Standard specs
    • Vintage correct body shape
    • Taller, vintage correct neck heel
    • 3 degree angle pickup route
    • Lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
    • Wireless ABR-1 bridge
    • Snug fitting brass bridge saddles
    • Vintage correct thumbwheel material and shape
    • Vintage correct bridge post material and shape
    • Historically correct backplate and switchplate material and shape
    • Vintage correct pickguard shape and placement
    • Vintage correct strap button placement and screw size
    • Back and top thickness
    • Vintage tulip tuners
    • "50s style electronic wiring
    • Audio taper CTS potentiometers
    • Vintage correct dial pointers
    • Bumblebee capacitors
    • 1" diameter jack hole
    • Toggle switch nut knurling
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