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Gibson Custom 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Atlanta Burst Electric Guitar   

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With it's ember-orange glowing center that bursts into a scarlet inferno at its edges, The Limited Edition Gibson 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul in A...Read More

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A most sought-after Les Paul accurately reproduced.

With it's ember-orange glowing center that bursts into a scarlet inferno at its edges, The Limited Edition Gibson 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul in Atlanta Burst is a stunning variant of cherry burst. This blaze of glory is a spot-on color representation of page 94 of the quintessential burst-lovers bible; Yasuhiko Iwandade's The Beauty of The Burst*.

The only major change to the Gibson 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 which they dubbed "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 luthiers of the Gibson Custom Shop 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 - product# 901506

  • 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

50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Atlanta Burst Electric Guitar

  • Atlanta 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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By vforvictory7

from richmond, virginia

i was shopping for one of the 59 reissues and decided to buy the atlantaburst. i absolutley loved this thing, before the paint started peeling off at the neck and bridge. i was only able to use this for 1 gig, and it sounded just like an epiphone i own. the only reason this costs so much is because of the finish, it beutiful, yet veeery cheap.


what in the...

By vforvictory7

from richmond, virginia

after i saw the add for the 1959les paul reissues i wanted one. since i live in the city of atlanta< i decided to buy the atlantaburst, which was quite beutiful. after i got the guitar shipped, i plkugged it right in to my vox ac30 and put it on clean, boy was there sumthin special...this guitar has no unique tone whatsovwer, it sounds exactly like my les paul standard, probaly because they both have burstbuckers.i enjoyed looking at it until about 3 weeks later, the finish began to PEAL OFF! the signature for 59's is there beuty, now i had a guitar with half burst half crappy looking wood. the neck did not impress me felt very straight and unversatile, and just very uncomftorable. i took it into a shop to figure out what the paint was doing, the guitar tech said it was made up of a cheap type finish used on SQUIERS. this is a disgrace to the 1959, the holy grail of guitars, i would sell it if it was worth anything now. gibson needs to put more quality in there work apparently


Not Original But Also Not $250,000.00

By Captain Happy

from midwest

I've had the privilege of owning several pre 60's Les Pauls and if your looking for as close as you can get without squandering your kids college fund or a kidney sale this one fit the bill. No it's not a 59 burst but with some pickup tweaking you can get it to be awfully close. I think we get all hung up with finding a clone even back in the 50's no two sounded the same either. If you have true classic you are well aware of the constant worry taking one of these guitars out on the road brings this guitar simply eliminates that worry at a fraction of the cost. You might have to do some tweaking to get it dialed into "the sound" but the bloodline is certainly there you just have to find it for yourself. I commend Gibson for finally giving the players what they have wanted for decades.


Close, But Still OK

By Da Fat Man-pWhEk

from Menphis & on the road

While it is advertized as a 59,it is not. To get the actual feel and sound of a 50 year old guitar you need one that was built 50 years ago.Don't get me wrong ,it's a nice well built guitar . It just seems to lack the punch of my original 59,maybe 50 years of bar smoke and natural aging have made my original what it is today. I bought the new one so that I wouldn't have to take my original out on the road. It's a nice guitar,but it still isn't quite the same as the one I've been playing for over 35 years. Maybe I'm just spoiled?

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