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The Dave Carpenter Handpicked '59s from Gibson Custom were specially built for ultimate tone, beauty, and performance...
Dave Carpenter is Private Reserve's general manager and he is one serious guitar aficionado. His passion for the instrument has driven him to not only discover the best guitars out there, but to also understand what makes the very best examples of a particular model stand above the rest. Having owned many vintage '50s Les Pauls over the years, he has spent considerable time analyzing all of the tiny details that make a particular instrument stand out. The Dave Carpenter Handpicked 1959 Les Paul Reissues are the culmination of his vast knowledge and experience with this iconic Gibson solidbody.
The Pickups: We call them "LiveBuckers", and they sound incredible! The Private Reserve team worked closely with Gibson Custom to develop these special pickups. They have unique coil windings and unique magnets which give them a great vintage PAF sound. Compared to BurstBuckers, these are a bit tighter, fuller, and they have a little extra edge. Gibson sent us prototypes of these exclusive pickups and the Private Reserve team had a "Pickup Shootout" that compared them to Gibson's other vintage style pickups. These harmonically rich, vintage flavored pickups were the unanomous winner!
This limited run of Historic 1959 Reissues features select wood that was personally picked out by Dave to create superb Les Pauls with great resonance and tonal character. All have nicely figured eastern maple tops and meticulously chosen mahogany for the body and neck. High quality dark Indian rosewood was picked for the fingerboards. The Dave Carpenter Handpicked models also feature TonePros tailpiece, long studs, and inserts. They are made of the correct vintage metal alloys which help the instruments resonance and sustain and help bring out further subtleties of the vintage Les Paul sound.
If you've been looking for a Historic 1959 Reissue that stands out from the pack, you've found it!