Gibson Adds '59 Les Paul To Collector's Choice Series
Gibson Custom has announced the release of Collector's Choice #6
1959 Les Paul #9-1918. This rare and highly prized 1959 Les Paul
Model is described as an "extremely clean original example", and
exhibits many of the most desirable traits of 1958-1960 Les
Guitars in the Collector's Choice Series aim to bring players
and collectors closer to owning a specific, existing vintage Les
Pauls through exacting study and measurement of the original
instrument. Using precise digital scanning of the woods, and the
skill of the luthiers of Gibson Custom, each Collector's Choice
guitar represents a detail-perfect recreation of the look, feel,
tone, and vibe of an original "burst."
"I call it my 'Number One' or 'Desert Island' guitar because
it's by far the best guitar I've ever owned, held, or heard," says
Mike Slubowski, owner of the original 1959 Les Paul. Collector's
Choice #6 1959 Les Paul #9-1918 is being made available in a
limited run with a maximum of 300 examples, with the availability
of qualifying materials ultimately determining the final
The #6 Les Paul features a two-piece maple top, one-piece
mahogany body and one-piece mahogany neck, with a uniquely designed
Non-Filtered Tobacco Burst finish.
To complete the sonic accuracy of the original, Gibson Custom
carefully measured the pickups in Mike Slubowski's guitar and
recreated a set of Custom Buckers wound to precisely the same
specs. Details include Alnico III magnets and 42 AWG enamel-coated
wire wound around distinctive "zebra coil" bobbins, which are
hidden by gently aged nickel-plated covers. These pickups' renowned
blend of depth and clarity is complemented by the traditional
pairing of a traditional ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge and lightweight
aluminum stopbar tailpiece, both nickel plated and aged
appropriately, and a set of gently aged nickel reissue green-key
This run of guitars is limited to only 300 models and represents
the closest most of us will ever come to owning a '59 Les Paul.
Prices start at a hefty $8939 (that's roughly £5500), but that's
nowhere near the astronomical prices actual late '50s models are
commanding these days.
For more information on the Collector's Choice series and the #6
1959 Les Paul,
visit Gibson's website here
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