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Gibson Custom Tree Of Life '59 Les Paul Standard Quilt Top Electric Guitar
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The Gibson Custom Shop Tree Of Life '59 Les Paul Standard Quilt Top Electric Guitar has a combination of features you won't find in any standard 1959...Click To Read More About This Product
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An absolute one-of-a-kind work of art.
The Gibson Custom Shop Tree Of Life '59 Les Paul Standard Quilt Top Electric Guitar has a combination of features you won't find in any standard 1959 reissue. Hand-picked quilted maple forms the top. The rosewood fretboard has a jaw-dropping, twisting mother-of-pearl and abalone Tree of Life inlay that almost looks like it's still growing. Combined with the Gibson Custom Shop's peerless craftsmanship, this is a an axe that qualifies as a museum piece in the luthier's hall of fame.
The base of this guitar is a 1959 Les Paul Standard reissue, and other than the changes listed above, is accurate in every detail. The only major change to the Standard 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 Standard. This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the 1959 Les Paul Standard as the quintessential guitar in the minds of guitarists and collectors everywhere.
Using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and modern technology, the luthiers of the Custom Shop painstakingly reproduce the key elements that define cool, vintage instrument-stunning looks, flawless playability, and unsurpassed tone.
- Amazing Tree of Life fretboard inlay
- Elimination of the subtle gap on the pickguard and rhythm pickup
- Angle of neck pitch re-set to 1959 specs
- Exact same filler and stain as used in 1959
- Thinner lacquer
Tree Of Life '59 Les Paul Standard Quilt Top Electric Guitar
- Carved quilted maple top
Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back
Single-ply cream binding on top
Thin toggle switch washer and jackplate
Aged nickel hardware
ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
One-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret rosewood fingerboard mother of pearl and abalone Tree of Life inlay
Single-ply cream binding
1959 rounded neck profile
24-3/4 inch scale length
1-11/16" nut width
Holly headstock veneer
Vintage tulip tuners
BurstBucker 1 (rhythm) and
BurstBucker 2 (treble) pickups
CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
2 volume and 2 tone controls
3-way selector switch
Vintage Reissue .010 strings
Includes Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity, and custom care kit.