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.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul True Historic Electric Guitar Top Material Figured Maple Back Material Single-Piece Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Solid Indian Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile '59 Profile No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Aged Nitrocellulose Trapezoid Pickguard '59 True Historic Active/Passive Passive Tuners Kluson Deluxe Green Single Band Bridge/Tailpiece ABR 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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