The Gibson 2016 Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Electric Guitar is the perfect combination of vintage style alongside modern appointments to create a dream model. A Les Paul is always special and everything from the carefully selected tonewoods used to the enigmatic tones produced, each one is unique and stays true to the fine history of one of the most popular musical instruments ever produced. Gibson's Custom Shop team don't just create instruments, they create timeless works of art.
Legendary Les Paul style
The instantly recognisable single-cutaway Les Paul body profile combines power and elegance to perfection. The Custom Shop '59 Standard Historic model, is crafted using a single piece of hand-selected solid mahogany to lay the foundation for a thunderous energy that is infused with a penetrating warmth. Married to the body - using Franklin Titebond adhesive - is a heavenly two-piece book-matched flame maple top, which is bound in 50s' cream single-binding. The maple counters the dense mahogany by gently underpinning the low to mid-end clout, whilst introducing a softer upper-range with crispness and clarity.
The Custom Shop team has adopted the 1950s' style body contour to create a smooth and comfortable playing feel. Each model's finish it protected by a slender but resilient layer of nitrocellulose lacquer, which allows the wood to resonate unimpeded whilst shielding the beautiful grain from unwanted damage.
Sturdy mahogany neck
Fitted to the body is a single piece mahogany, which has been set using the historic long neck tenon and reinforced using hot hide glue for added strength. The long neck tenon joint is renowned for its superior sound transference, adding to the already impressive tones produced by this monster. Shaped to the '50s' profile with painstaking accuracy, the neck creates a substantial feel in the hand without becoming unwieldy. Paired with the neck is a sublime Indian rosewood fingerboard shaped to a 12-inch radius – perfect for executing string bends that are free of unwanted fret buzz - and adorned with cellulose trapezoid inlays.
The headstock features the Gibson pearloid logo and is angled to Gibson's tried-and-tested 17 degrees, ensuring strings tension is consistent throughout performances. The team of reissue Kluson deluxe single-band green tuning machines uphold tuning integrity with precision. Fitted to the body is a nickel-plated ABR bridge with thumbwheels, which is paired with a reissue lightweight aluminium tailpiece to create a seamless connection between the strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain.
Custom Shop pickups
In keeping with the 1959 Les Paul's character, the Custom Shop team have designed Custom Bucker pickups, which are powered by Alnico III magnets with #42 enamel wire to recreate the hallowed tones of their beloved PAFs pickups. Translating the luxurious smoothness of the tonewoods is no easy task, but the Custom Buckers carry out their task beautifully. Control comes in the form independent volume and tone controls with gold "Top Hat" knobs.
To complete the package and ensure your new pride and joy is protected at home or on the move, each guitar comes with its very own reissue Les Paul brown hardshell case with pink fur lining. Each model is also supplied with a certificate of authenticity in accompanying binder, and extra black plastic treble/rhythm switch cover plate.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 CS 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Electric Guitar Top Material Flame Maple Back Material Single-Piece Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany with Long Tenon Joint Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile '59 Profile No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Cellulose Trapezoid Inlays Pickguard Reissue Cream Active/Passive Passive Tuners Kluson Deluxe Green Single Band Bridge/Tailpiece ABR with Thumbwheels/Reissue Lightweight Aluminium Stopbar Tailpiece Pickups Neck/Bridge: Custom Buckers (Alnico III) Controls Neck Volume Neck Tone Bridge Volume Bridge Tone Control Knobs Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers, Three-Way Pickup Toggle Switch with Vintage Toggle Cap Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup Position 3. Neck Pickup Finish Iced Tea Included Accessories Custom Shop hardshell case Certificate of Authenticity in Binder Extra Black Plastic Treble/Rhythm Switch Cover Plate
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