Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #35 1959 Les Paul Vic DaPra "Gruhn Burst" Electric Guitar (SN:CC35A011)


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You are looking at a Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #35 1959 Les Paul Vic DaPra "Gruhn Burst" Electric Guitar, serial number CC35A011. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (8 lbs, 9.0 oz.)

Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice Series offers players and collectors alike an exacting replication of a specific, existing vintage Les Paul. To accurately recreate these historic and prized Les Pauls, Gibson Custom meticulously examines of every aspect of the original guitar—from precise measurements and specifications to vintage-accurate pickups and hardware—all combined with the unsurpassed craftsmanship you've come to expect from the master luthiers at Gibson Custom. Each of these Collector's Choice guitars embody the tone, feel, looks and character of a particular instrument down to every scratch and ding. Thanks to Gibson Custom's vintage-accurate True Historic Specifications, this Collector's Choice brings you closer than ever before to owning a true vintage Les Paul.

The Collector's Choice #35 1959 Les Paul Vic DaPra "Gruhn Burst" is precisely modeled after an original '59 Les Paul, serial number 9 0627, owned by author and avid 'Burst collector Vic DaPra. Back in '84, DaPra sought to acquire this original '59 Les Paul, but he didn't have the luxury of the internet. According to DaPra, "[he] had to wait for Polaroid pictures to come through the mail. It felt like forever." It has become more and more rare that you find an original late '50s Les Paul with such a clean lineage and only two owners in its lifetime, and #9 0627 is one of those highly coveted original "closet" finds. From headstock to strap button, this very limited Collector's Choice #35 replicates the original #9 0627 with outstanding accuracy thanks to in-depth study of the original, Gibson Custom's True Historic specs, and DaPra's personal involvement in development and approval.

The figured maple top was hand-selected to reflect the multidimensional flame figure of the original maple cap, and it also boasts an authentic vintage dish carve that was double-carved to ensure that the top carve matched the original Gruhn 'Burst to a "T". The Collector's Choice #35 also features a vintage-correct hide glue top construction along with a thinner, more authentic, hand-aged wet-sanded caramel-colored burst nitro lacquer top finish that holds true to the look of naturally aged, faded burst finish on the original. The solid mahogany back was also hand-picked for its lightweight quality. Capturing the full feel and playability of the original, the mahogany neck has been hand-sanded to the exacting measurements of the original and the solid Indian rosewood fingerboard features comfortably rolled True Historic cream binding. The original pickups were tone-matched to a pair of specially-wound Custom Bucker pickups to replicate all the sonic splendor of vintage PAFs found in #9 0627.

Through meticulous analysis of the originals, Gibson Custom was able to faithfully re-create the hardware and plastic parts as a part of their True Historic specifications. The gracefully-aged nickel-plated hardware includes a set of reissue Kluson Deluxe Green Key Single Band tuners, an ABR bridge with thumbwheels, a reissue lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, and pickup covers. True Historic plastics include the toggle washer, cream jackplate, cream pickguard, cream mounting rings, and the toggle switch cap. Other spot-on vintage appointments include "broken" peghead edges and a thinner peghead veneer, True Historic Reissue cream top binding, a reissue hot hide glue neck joint, a Historic Reissue no-tubing truss rod, aged nitrocellulose trapezoid fingerboard inlays, tortoise shell side dot neck inlays, and much more. Comes complete with a 2016 Die Cast Gibson Custom Medallion, Reissue Brown hardshell case, and a bound Collector's Choice Certificate of Authenticty.

Get your Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #35 1959 Les Paul Vic DaPra "Gruhn Burst" Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity


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Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.687"
Neck Shape 1959 Les Paul
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Body Style Single Cutaway
Neck Type Reissue
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Solid Indian Rosewood
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Figured Maple
Pickup Configuration H-H
Bridge Pickup Custom Bucker
Neck Pickup Custom Bucker
Bridge Type ABR Thumbwheel with Reissue Lightweight Aluminum Tailpiece
Tuning Machines Reissue Kluson Deluxe Green Keys, Single Band
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 8 lbs, 9.0 oz.
Series Collector's Choice
Model Collector's Choice #35 1959 Les Paul Vic DaPra "Gruhn Burst"
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.