Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst” Electric Guitar (SN:CC09A031)


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You are looking at a Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst” Electric Guitar, serial number CC 09A 031. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (8 lbs, 12.6 oz.)

The original “burst” Gibson Les Pauls from the late '50s are by far the most coveted electric guitars of all time. Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice Series offers players and collector's 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, and combined that 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.

This Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst” is based off of one of the most famous and most visually striking of all the original burst Les Pauls in exisistence—serial number 9-0850. Over a span of 30 years, Vic DaPra, avid collector and author, was able to get his hands on this very special 1959 Les Paul in 2008, quickly becoming the highlight of his collection—and was even featured on the cover of his 2013 book Burst Believers. Thanks to the close cooperation of the owner of this fine vintage instrument, Vic DaPra, Gibson Custom was able to scan, trace and measure every curve and parameter of the original “Believer Burst” to give today's  players and collectors a chance to own one of the most esteemed Les Pauls ever made.

The lightweight, one-piece solid genuine mahogany back of this Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst” lays beneath a hand selected carved maple top that displays the stunning and unique, wide shevron figuring of the original. The remarkably vibrant cherry sunburst finish is faded to perfection and aged by hand to flawlessly match the playing wear, and the all-around look of the extraordinary 50+ year old burst. The quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved into the exact profile of the coveted '59 Les Paul, thanks to precise measurements of the original neck, and features a one-piece dark rosewood fingerboard with aged trapezoid inlays.

Just as every other aspect of this Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst”, Gibson Custom studied every spec and detail of the original's  PAF pickups. Crafted in the image of those pickups, the “Believer Burst” comes equipped with a pair of Custom Bucker pickups that utilize Alnico III magnets, with scatter-wound coils wound just as the originals to faithfully reproduce the classic burst tone of the original. These pickups are also routed through a traditional control complement and 3-way switch, with “bumble bee” tone caps.

All correct to the times, this Collector's Choice #9 features nickel-plated hardware including the  classic pairing of an ABR-1 bridge with a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece plus a set of reissue Kluson Deluxe “green-key” tuning machines. This  1959 “Believer Burst” Les Paul also boasts vintage-accurate cream binding, pickup rings and pickguard and a traditional black/white “bell” truss rod cover. The package is completed by a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case, a leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of Vic DaPra Burst Believers book.

Looking to get your hands on a painstaking recreation of one of the most distinguished and aesthetically pleasing Les Pauls of all time? Whether you're putting it to use on stage or in the studio, or just looking for an astounding addition to your collection, this Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst” is sure to impress. This flawless vintage replica poses a rare opportunity for your players and collectors, with a limited run of only 100 instruments (maximum) produced.


  • Top: Unique Figured Maple
  • Back: 1-Piece Genuine Mahogany
  • Binding: Single-Ply Cream Top Binding
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Neck: Genuine Mahogany Neck with a Maple Spline
  • Neck Profile: '59 Profile
  • Truss Rod: Reissue Truss Rod
  • Joint Angle: 4 Degrees (+/- 15 Seconds)
  • Neck Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005”
  • Fingerboard: 1-Piece Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”
  • Fingerboard Binding: Single-Ply Cream
  • Inlays: Nitrocellulose Trapezoid
  • Nut/E.O/B: 1.687/2.062
  • Nut: Nylon
  • Nut Width:1.687
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock Inlay: Holly Headstock with 'Gibson' Pearl Logo
  • Truss Rod Cover: Vintage
  • Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Tuners: Nickel-Plated Reissue Kluson Deluxe “Green Keys”
  • Tuning Ratio: 12:01
  • Bridge: Nickel-Plated ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Nickel-Plated Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
  • Pickguard: Reissue Cream
  • Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Silkscreen
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
  • Control Plate Cover: Black
  • Strings: .010-.046
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum Gibson End Pins
  • Pickups: Custom Bucker (Alnico III) Bridge and Neck Positions
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Capacitors: Bumble Bee
  • Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Vintage Toggle Cap
  • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4”
  • Finish: Dapra Burst with Nitrocellulose Lacquer Sealer
  • Includes Gibson Custom Shop Hardshell Case, Leather-Bound Certificate of Authenticity and “Burst Believers” Book

Get your Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst” Electric Guitar (Serial#: CC 09A 031) today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

    Electric Guitar
    Hardshell Case
    Certificate of Authenticity
Series Collector's Choice
Weight 8 lbs, 12.6 oz.
Model Collector's Choice #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst”


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