Gibson Releases 1959 Les Paul Factory Burst
After recently announcing its 60th Anniversary Limited Goldtop
Les Paul, based on the 1952 original model, Gibson has now unveiled
the extremely limited new 1959 Les Paul Factory Burst.
Paying tribute to the Les Paul's most sought after vintage year,
these guitars are limited to only 100 of each finish, and while the
MSRP of $9,174 (approx. £5,858) price tag may seem expensive, don't
expect these guitars to stay on the walls of showrooms too
This is taken from Gibson's press release:
Devoted fans of late 50s Les Pauls understand the
subtle ways in which these guitars' woods, carves and finishes can
vary, and love them all the more for their fascinating
The '59 Les Paul Factory Burst from Gibson Custom captures the
essence of a few of the Custom Shop's favourite examples of
original '59 Bursts, recreated in loving detail and presented in
two exclusive VOS finishes, in a strictly limited run of 200
guitars (100 per finish).
This very special edition is headlined by hand-selected,
premium-figured tops and accurate, hand-applied red aniline dye
back, sides and neck, available in either Factory Cherry Burst or
Factory Dark Burst, in Gibson Custom's hand-sprayed VOS
nitrocellulose finish for a gently aged appearance.
Each finish type carries its own set of accurate
PAF-reproduction humbucking pickups, along with traditional
hardware and VOS appointments for a period-correct look and feel.
The '59 Les Paul Factory Burst is sure to be a hit with players and
collectors alike, and is available on a first come, first served
basis, so reserve yours at your authorised Gibson dealer today.
The first things you're likely to notice about the '59 Les Paul
Factory Burst are the stunning woods and authentic finish and
colouring. As with any great and vintage-correct Les Paul, the '59
Les Paul Factory Burst has the legendary mahogany/maple tonewood
combination at its core. In this case, a weight-selected,
unchambered, one-piece mahogany back is married to a hand-selected,
premium-figured maple top, to capture the look of the most
desirable Les Pauls ever built, as well as the tone that made these
guitars legendary in the first place.
The top carves on '50s Les Pauls could vary considerably, so to
match the carved arch on one of the factory's favourite original
'59s, Gibson Custom gives the '59 Les Paul Factory Burst a special
"flat" dish carve, which is shallower than that of many other
examples. A quarter-sawn, one-piece mahogany neck is glued in with
a long tenon and topped with a rosewood fingerboard with
traditional nitrocellulose trapezoid inlays and a nylon 6/6
Thin cream binding, a cream pickguard, vintage reissue fret wire
and tortoise side dots complete the package visually, while a
rounded '59 neck profile gives the guitar the playing feel of a
The '59 Les Paul Factory Burst takes its visual splendour right
through to superlative tone via two different pairs of reproduction
PAF pickups, selected by the Gibson Custom Shop to represent the
variations in original Les Pauls. The guitars finished in Factory
Cherry Burst carry '57 Classics with zebra coils under VOS-aged
nickel covers, while the Factory Dark Burst guitars have Custom
Buckers with VOS-aged nickel covers.
Both sets of pickups are made to the specs of legendary original
PAF humbuckers, with genuine Alnico magnets and coils wound from
42-AWG wire. As a result, they present all the rich warmth and
sparkling harmonics of great vintage humbuckers, with that
characteristically soft, yet cutting, bite of original PAFs.
The VOS hardware includes an accurate nickel-plated ABR-1 bridge
and nickel-plated stopbar tailpiece made from lightweight
aluminium, as well as nickel-plated, vintage-style tuners.
In short, the '59 Les Paul Factory Burst is the finest
recreation available of a rare and unique original, and each of the
strictly limited 200 guitars represents the unique beauty of the
Burst in all its glory.
Each guitar includes a Custom Shop hardshell case, Certificate
of Authenticity, owner's manual and adjustment literature, and is
covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer
Information taken from official press release, for more
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