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Gibson Custom 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Heritage Darkburst Electric Guitar

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This 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Electric Guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop offers you an exact duplicate of the 1959 carved top...Click To Read More About This Product

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Considered the ultimate example of playability, visual appeal, and tone.

This 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Electric Guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop offers you an exact duplicate of the 1959 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Darkburst nitrocellulose finish. You get all the benefits of a new guitar, with all the mojo of a vintage Les Paul. Hurry if you want one cause this limited edition guitar won't be around forever.

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 discovered the fat, warm voice of the '59 Les Paul, which they began calling 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.

All of the '59 "Sunburst" specs are faithfully reproduced including the nitrocellulose finish, wireless ABR-1 bridge, bumblebee capacitors, CTS pots, and the correct materials and shape of the bridge posts and thumbwheels, truss rod cover, strap button, and pickguard.

1959 Re-created
The 1959 Gibson Les Paul has achieved such heights on the collector's market that it is unattainable to all but the most affluent investors. Now, however, with the release of the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary '59 Les Paul Standard, Gibson is putting the most accurate, detail-perfect re-creation ever produced within the reach of a limited number of players and collectors. Everything about this re-creation harks back to 1959, including such historically accurate appointments as its figured maple top, one-piece lightweight mahogany body, gold top-hat control knobs with dial pointers, nickel ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and accompanying nickel stopbar tailpiece, period-correct pickguard, single-ply cr¨me top binding, nickel tuners with green buttons, and a molded bell-shaped truss rod cover.

The Humbuckers
The first of these arrived on the 1957 model. As flawlessly as the Les Paul Goldtop played and sounded by 1956, Gibson was still chasing a full yet noise-free performance from its electric guitars. Noted Gibson engineer Seth Lover answered Gibson President Ted McCarty's call and created one of the greatest tone icons of all time: the "Patent Applied For" (PAF) humbucking pickup. In addition to reducing hum, the pickup also optimized the fuller, warmer, and more sustaining tone that has come to be known as the inherent voice of the Les Paul.

Beauty and the Burst
The second development arrived in 1958, leading to the most legendary incarnation of the Les Paul Standard. In order to maximize the beauty of the highly figured quilted, flamed, or tiger-striped maple tops, Gibson applied a semi-transparent cherry sunburst finish. The "Burst" had been born. With its carved top, powerful humbucking pickups, versatile Tune-O-Matic bridge, and super-comfortable, hyper-fast set neck with full fret access, it was perhaps the most advanced solidbody electric guitar the music world had ever seen. A year later, with the arrival of a somewhat slimmer, faster neck profile in 1959, the Gibson Les Paul reached its zenith.

Developing the 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard
Gibson Custom developed the 50th Anniversary '59 Les Paul Standard after intensive digital assessment of five original 1959 Les Paul Standards. The master luthiers of Gibson Custom discovered that each of these stunning electric guitars was a little different (as is always the way with vintage guitars) but that they shared a certain sound, feel, and vibe. With this detailed analysis they perfected many details on the reissue”yielding a period-correct Les Paul Standard more accurate to the '59 year of manufacture than has ever been reproduced before resulting in the ultimate '59 Les Paul Heritage Reissue.

  • 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
  • Heritage Darkburst
  • 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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