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Gibson 2016 CS 1959 Les Paul True Historic Electric Guitar


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  • Painstaking recreation of Gibson's classic '59 Les Paul
  • Double-carved figured maple top with single-ply cream binding
  • Hand-selected single-piece mahogany back
  • Single-piece mahogany neck fitted with historic long tenon joint
  • Versatile Custom Bucker pickups with gold Top Hat controls
  • Smooth Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Includes Custom Shop hardshell case, certificate of authenticity, and extra switch cover plate
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Delivery to UK mainland addresses* is FREE on orders over £75 and up to 30kg. (As a guide, a standard electric guitar weighs approx. 3-5kg).

Delivery on orders below £75 are charged at £4.45!

Delivery to Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. is weight dependant and will be indicated at the checkout

Delivery above 30kg to ANY location will vary according to weight and will be indicated at the checkout

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UK mainland*FREE on orders over £75 £4.45 on orders under £751-3 working days
Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands Isle of Man Isle of Wight Channel Islands Republic of Ireland£12.95 – any order value up to 30kg Over 30kg - please call1-3 working days
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The Gibson 2016 Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Standard Historic Electric Guitar has - in Gibson's own words - been created with a "...fanatic level of detail...", to resurrect the look, feel, and tone of the hallowed 1959 Les Paul. Using state of the art technology to analyse the minutest of details, the team at Gibson have gone to elaborate lengths to guarantee this model is as faithful to its ancestry as possible.

1959 Les Paul True Historic Series

The level of dedication shown extends as far as using molecular level analysis to ensure that even the plastics - pickguard, truss rod cover, True Historic Gold Top Hat control knobs, control plate cover and switch washer - are as close to matching the original as possible. So it will come as no surprise that each body back is crafted using hand-selected single-piece mahogany, to maintain consistency of quality across all models and encourage a lightweight feel.

Married to the mahogany is a two-piece figured maple top, each one bound with True Historic reissue cream around the top only. Hide glue is employed with the task of securing the top and body tonewoods together, adhering rigidly to the vintage specs of the original. The top has also been treated to a double-carved 1959 profile, and hand-sanded meticulously. Each model's finish is 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.

Superior neck design

The neck has received the same level of devotion as the body, with a single-piece of mahogany meeting the body via the reissue-design neck joint that has been reinforced using hot hide glue. The neck is double-carved and hand-sanded to the 1959 Les Paul profile for accuracy and to achieve ideal playability. Paired with the neck is a sublime single-piece Indian rosewood fingerboard shaped to a 12-inch radius – perfect for executing string bends that are free of unwanted fret buzz -, and 22-frets that are adorned with aged nitrocellulose trapezoid inlays. The fingerboard binding is rolled to establish a smooth playing feel.

True Historic headstock appointments

The headstock's holly head veneer has been re-tooled to reproduce the thinner specification of the late '50s original. A pearl "Gibson" logo sits proudly at the top of the headstock, which is angled to Gibson's tried-and-tested 17 degrees, ensuring string tension is consistent throughout each and every performance. The team of reissue Kluson deluxe single-band green tuning machines uphold tuning integrity with precision. Fitted to the body is an 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 Custom Buckers

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.

Model 2016 Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul True Historic Electric Guitar
Top MaterialFigured Maple
Back MaterialSingle-Piece Mahogany
Neck MaterialMahogany
Fingerboard MaterialSolid Indian Rosewood
Pickup ConfigurationHH
BridgeHard Tail
Neck Profile'59 Profile
No. of Frets22
Position InlaysAged Nitrocellulose Trapezoid
Pickguard'59 True Historic
TunersKluson Deluxe Green Single Band
Bridge/TailpieceABR with Thumbwheels/Reissue Lightweight Aluminium Stopbar Tailpiece
Pickups Neck/Bridge: True Historic Custom Buckers (Alnico III)
Controls Neck Volume
Neck Tone
Bridge Volume
Bridge Tone
Control Knobs True Historic Gold Top Hats
True Historic Cream Replica Switch Washer
Reissue Les Paul .09 Black Royalite (Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover))
Reissue Les Paul .09 Black Royalite (Control Plate(s) (Switch plate Cover))
Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Included Accessories Custom Shop Reissue Hardshell Case
Custom Shop True Historic Certificate of Authenticity in Binder
Extra Black Plastic Treble/Rhythm Switch Cover Plate
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