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Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar
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      Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar (109452664)
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A custom-run finish on one of history's best guitars.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar Features:

  • One-piece rosewood fingerboards
    Aniline DyeKluson™ Deluxe machine heads
    Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit
    Custom Buckers
    Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing)
    Accurate body and fingerboard binding color


Gibson 1959 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
    Top: Carved Maple Top
    Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
    Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
    Neck
    Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
    Profile: Early '50s Rounded
    Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
    Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Hide Glue
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Fingerboard
    Species: One-piece Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Binding: Single-ply Cream
    Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Nut
    Material: Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Headstock
    Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer w/ Pearl logo
    Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Electronics
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    Capacitors: Bumblebee
    Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
    Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    Tuners
    Model: Kluson™ Deluxe
    Tuning Ratio: 12:01
    Plating: Nickel
    Bridge
    Type: ABR-1 bridge
    Plating: Nickel
    Tailpiece
    Type: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
    Plating: Nickel
    Hardware
    Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
    Control Plate Cover: Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Pickups
    Neck Position: Custom Bucker
    Bridge Position: Custom Bucker
    Finish
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Treatment: Period-Correct Aniline Dye
    Case
    Type: Custom Shop Hardshell


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