On our last trip to the Gibson Custom Shop, we hand picked some tops to be built into 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul models. For this guitar, in addition to being able to hand pick one of the best tops in the factory, we requested an ultra light body, and they came through with this 8 lb flat (!!!) gem. We also changed fretboard wood to extra dark Bolivian rosewood.
Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.
No specific Gibson model carries more intrigue and gravitas than the 1959 Les Paul Standard. While it became the most iconic guitar in history, it wasn't a successful model when it was released (under 650 were made). But before long it was adopted by some of the world's greatest guitarists -- Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry and Slash to name a few.
The instrument was simply enchanting, from its beautiful figured maple top to its extreme sonic versatility. "It has a deep, powerful sound and you can use it to imitate just about anything violin, sax, cello, even a sitar," says Jeff Beck.
All these reasons and more made the 1959 Les Paul Standard the most coveted and legendary guitar on the planet, shaping sounds across music genres and generations of players. Gibson Custom Shop's 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard is not just a tribute to those priceless original models -- it's a clone of them. From laser-scanned dimensions to chemically-recreated plastics to colour-matched shades of sunburst, every element has been rendered in unbelievable detail. It represents the culmination of decades of work by Custom Shop's expert team -- a tireless quest to bring accuracy and authenticity to the hands of fans. Its the definition of cool, and it's the best representation of the 1959 Les Paul Standard since the Gibson Custom Shop began making Historic Reissues over twenty-five years ago.
Top: 2-Piece Figured Maple, Hide Glue Fit
Binding Style: 1-Ply Royalite
Weight Relief: None
Finish: Nitrocellulose VOS
Neck: Solid Mahogany
Neck Profile: Authentic '59 Medium C-Shape
Scale Length: 24.75" / 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material: Bolivian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius: 12" / 304.8mm
Number of Frets: 22
Frets: Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material: Nylon
Nut Width: 1.687" / 42.85mm
End-of-Board Width: 2.24" / 56.89mm
Inlays: Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Bridge: No-Wire ABR-1
Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
Tuners: Kluson Single Line, Single Ring
Pick Guard: Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Truss Rod Cover: Authentic Stepped 2-Ply
Control Knobs: Butyrate Gold Top Hats
Switch Tip: Amber Catalin
Switch Washer: Silkscreened Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Jack Plate: Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Neck Pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Bridge Pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Controls: CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Strings: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case: Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch
Included Accessories: 60th Anniversary Switchplate Medallion (w/ Historic Black Plastic Cover in Case), 60th Anniversary Certificate of Authenticity Booklet, Historic Reissue Hang Tags