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Gibson Custom Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Faded Tobacco VOS (SN:R961417)

SKU: GR961417X-P

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You are looking at a Gibson Custom Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Faded Tobacco VOS, serial number R961417. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (8 lbs, 8.9 oz.)

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 Gibson 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 Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard offers a faithful reproduction of those highly prized instruments, with accuracy down to the very last detail.

The Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard holds true to the classic '59 ingredients with its one-piece, lightweight solid mahogany body and its beautiful bookmatched flame maple top that sports an authentic 1950's-style top carve. The one-piece mahogany neck is carved into classic '59 profile, which remains as one of Gibson's most beloved neck profiles. For timeless Gibson playability, the traditional 24.75"-scale neck is also topped off with a period-correct 12" radius one-piece solid Indian rosewood fingerboard that carries cellulose trapezoid inlays. Remaining faithful to the design and tone, the Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard features a Historic Long Tenon neck joint with hot hide glue adhesive along with a vintage-style truss rod assembly with no tubing.

In order to capture the authentic vintage tone of those coveted late '50s PAF humbuckers with the utmost accuracy, Gibson Custom took a closer look at the design of the originals. Made in the image of those classic PAFs, these Custom Bucker pickups employ Alnico III magnets to deliver that renowned PAF bite, growl, and chime. The pickups are routed through a traditional control compliment featuring independent volume and tone controls for each pickup. Gold top hat control knobs further enhance the vintage vibe. The Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard also comes equipped with vintage-accurate nickel-plated hardware, which includes a set of reissue Kluson Deluxe Green Key Single Band tuning machines, an ABR Thumbwheel bridge, and a reissue lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece.

The Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard comes dressed in a hand-sprayed nitro lacquer finish that will allow this vintage-inspired beauty to age and "breathe" just as the originals did. The finish also features authentic aniline dye filler, and comes in an array of 'Burst finishes that offer an accurate reflection of the varying degrees in which the original finish aged and faded over time. Gibson Custom's Vintage Original Spec (VOS) treatment adds an extra touch of old-school look and feel. Other period-correct appointments include '50s-style cream top and fingerboard binding, a Holly head veneer with authentic pearloid inlays, a 6/6 nylon nut, tortoise shell side dots on the side of the neck, and '50s-style plastics. Comes complete with a 2016 Gibson Custom Medallion switchplate cover, a reissue brown Les Paul case with pink fur lining, a bound Gibson Custom Certificate of Authenticity, and an extra black plastic switch cover plate.

Get your Gibson Custom Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard 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
  • Extra Black Plastic Treble/Rhythm Switch Cover Plate


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Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.687"
Neck Shape 1950's Style Les Paul
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Body Style Les Paul
Neck Type Mortise & Tenon with Historic Long Neck Tenon
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, 8.9 oz.
Series Standard Historic
Model Standard Historic 1959 Les Paul Standard
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.

About Gibson:
As one of the most legendary names in music, Gibson guitars have made their way into the hands of countless players ranging from beginners all the way through to some of the world's most iconic players like Slash, Jimmy Page, and Ace Frehley... just to name a few. Sam Ash is proud to be an authorized Gibson dealer, where we carry everything from the more traditional models like the Gibson Les Paul and SG to the more obscure guitars like the Gibson Explorer, Firebird, and Flying V. Trying to find the Gibson guitar of your dreams? Whether you're a budding guitarist, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between, the knowledgeable musicians on the Sam Ash team are here to help you find your perfect instrument. Give us a call at 1-877-701-5592 and speak to an expert today!