Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue VOS Faded Tobacco Electric Guitar (SN:941147)


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You are looking at a Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue VOS Faded Tobacco Electric Guitar, serial number 941147. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (8 lbs, 7.3 oz.)

In 1959, the Les Paul Standard made a change to wider, fatter jumbo frets which made it a more facile guitar. The significance of this change wouldn't be felt until the late '60s when Clapton, Bloomfield, Peter Green, and other emerging guitarists discovered its warm, thick BurstBucker voice and fast, smooth and easy-playing neck. Then the Les Paul began its ascent toward ultimate icon status.

While the Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960 consist of some of the most coveted electric guitars in history, the '59 "Bursts" are by far the most sought-after out of those 3 years. The "Holy Grail" of solidbody electric guitars, the 1959 Les Paul is viewed with the highest regards by guitarists and collectors alike because of their historical significance and their exceeding rarity, with a mere 635 guitars shipped that year. With Les Paul sales diminishing every year since 1953 — just a year after the Les Paul was introduced — Gibson chose to update the look of the Les Paul in 1958 from a flashy Gold Top finish to an elegant cherry sunburst. The tops of those first bursts in '58 exhibited very slight, subtle figure patterns and were relatively plain in comparison to the beautiful highly-figured maple tops on those '59 Les Pauls. Even after 50+ years, the 1959s Les Paul Standards continue to hold their place as the most desirable instruments in the Les Paul family, and today, the Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue offers a faithful reproduction of those highly prized instruments, with accuracy down to the very last detail.

The 1959 Les Paul holds true to the classic ingredients with its solid mahogany body and maple top, and features the slight updates from the specifications of the '58s. The one-piece neck is carved from mahogany into a slightly thinner (in comparison to the '58), yet still comfortably rounded, neck profile, which remains as one of Gibson's most beloved neck profiles. The 24.75"-scale neck is topped off with a period-correct 12" radius one-piece rosewood fingerboard that carries classic cellulose trapezoid inlays.

In order to capture the authentic vintage tone of those late '50s PAF humbuckers, Gibson took a closer look at the design of the originals. Made in the image of classic PAFs, these pickups employ Alnico III magnets and are wound with unequal turns of  42 AWG wire to deliver that renowned PAF bite and growl. While these pickups are capable of producing a nice, clean tone, they can also dish out that creamy, singing "woman" tone when you roll back on the tone controls thanks to the bumblebee tone capacitors.

The 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue has a true vintage vibe thanks to period-correct features including a set of vintage-style deluxe Kluson tuning machines, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod Assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding and vintage-correct Aniline dye.

The package is completed by a durable Custom Shop hardshell case with a pink plush-lined interior for superior protection of this fine instrument and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Get your Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Reissue VOS Faded Tobacco Electric Guitar (Serial#: 941147) 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
Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.687"
Neck Shape Early '50s Rounded
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Body Style Single Cutaway
Neck Type Mortise & Tenon
Neck Wood Mahogany
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Figured Maple
Pickup Configuration H-H
Bridge Pickup Custom Bucker
Neck Pickup Custom Bucker
Bridge Type ABR-1
Tuning Machines Vintage Style
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Carved Top with Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Back

Single-Ply Accurate Cream Colored Binding on Top

1-Piece Neck with Vintage-Correct Long Neck Tenon

Hot-Hide Glue Neck Fit

Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)

Joint Angle/Joint Angle Tolerance: 4° (+/- 15 seconds) / +/- .005"

1-Piece Rosewood Fingerboard with Accurate Single-Ply Cream Binding and Cellulose Trapezoid Inlays

Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062

Nylon Nut, Slots with Gibson PLEK System

Headstock Features Holly Headstock Veneer with Pearl Logo and a Vintage Black & White Truss Rod Cover

17 Degree Headstock Angle

Nickel-Plated Kluson Deluxe Tuners with a 12:01 Tuning Ratio

Nickel-Plated Bridge & Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece

Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Silkscreen
Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
Strings: .010 - .046
Strap Buttons: Aluminum

Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
Capacitors: Bumblebee
Toggle Switch: 3-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"

Nitrocellulose Lacquer VOS Finish with Period-Correct Red Aniline Dye

Certificate of Authenticity Included
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 8 lbs, 7.3 oz.
Series Historic Reissue
Model 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue VOS


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