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Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar
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      Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar (109452649)
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The most desirable of guitars is back.

While all 1958-’60 Les Pauls are among the most saught-after electric guitars ever made, the ’59 Burst is often considered among aficonados to be the crème de la crème of the range. They are also exceedingly rare, with only 635 guitars shipped that year. With sales of the Les Paul declining every year since 1953, the year after its release, Gibson decided in 1958 to update the look of the model with an elegant Cherry Sunburst finish. Guitars from that first year of the Burst’s production often had relatively plain maple tops, but through the course of 1959, Gibson’s craftsmen built Les Pauls with tops that displayed more and more highly-figured grains, making these among the most collectible of the breed today. The 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue from Gibson Custom accurately recreates the original hallowed ’59 Burst in every detail.

While the 1959 Les Paul Standard retained the classic ingredients of the breed—its solid mahogany body and carved maple top, both represented here in the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue—the guitar also evolved slightly from its specs of the previous year. Les Pauls made in 1959 also acquired a slightly thinner, though still comfortably rounded, neck profile, which many players consider the sweetest feeling neck shape of all time, along with a smaller neck heel. These are all represented with utmost accuracy in the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue, while the guitar also benefits from Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Aniline dye offered in VOS and Gloss.

Gibson Custom’s new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late ’50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF “bite.” These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar’s volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls. To top it all off, the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson’s state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.

Every guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner’s manual and adjustment literature. Includes case.

Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body
    Body shape: Single cutaway
    Body type: Solid body
    Body material: Solid wood
    Top wood: Carved maple
    Body wood: Solid mahogany
    Body finish: Nitrocellulose
    Orientation: Right handed
    Neck
    Shape: Early '50s rounded
    Wood: Mahogany
    Joint: Set-in
    Scale length: 24.75"
    Truss rod: Standard
    Finish: Nitrocellulose
    Fretboard
    Material: Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Fret size: Standard
    Number of frets: 22
    Inlays: Trapezoid
    Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
    Pickups
    Configuration: HH
    Neck: CustomBucker
    Middle: Not applicable
    Bridge: CustomBucker
    Brand: Gibson
    Active or passive: Passive
    Series or parallel: Not applicable
    Piezo: Not applicable
    Active EQ: Not applicable
    Special electronics: Bumblebee capacitors
    Controls
    Control layout: Separate volume, tone
    Pickup switch: 3-way
    Coil tap or split: Not applicable
    Kill switch: Not applicable
    Hardware
    Bridge type: Fixed
    Bridge design: ABR-1
    Tailpiece: Stopbar
    Tuning machines: Kluson deluxe
    Color: Nickel
    Other
    Number of strings: 6-string
    Special features: Body finish
    Case: Hardshell case
    Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
    Country of origin: United States




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