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Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #16 Ed King '59 Les Paul Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #16 Ed King '59 Les Paul Electric Guitar (109737718)
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Lightly aged with the perfect combination of feel and tone.

Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series is dedicated to re-creating the exact look, feel, tone, and “vibe” of some of the rarest instruments in guitar history. Gibson Custom’s unrestricted access to specific guitars for precise testing and analysis allows reproducing the characteristics of these acclaimed originals—neck shape, dish carve, finish, ageing, and tone, to name just a few essential elements—with stunning accuracy. This painstakingly detailed process, which lets players around the world experience these acclaimed guitars for themselves, is amazing in its own right—but takes on additional significance when applied to an iconic guitar owned and played by a globally recognized artist who helped shaped guitar-driven music.

Collector’s Choice™ #16 is the long-time sidekick of Ed King, co-writer of the southern-rock classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” and has been played on countless gigs and recording sessions through Ed’s work with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock. When Ed agreed to work with Gibson Custom to recreate his Collector’s Choice Les Paul, the team was taken initially by the beautiful, well-preserved look of the guitar. “The top on this thing is crazy, and its condition is actually quite incredible,” said Edwin Wilson, Gibson Custom Historic Manager. Once we plugged it in, though, the rare mix of feel and tone that lay beneath the surface proved this guitar as well-rounded an example of a rare ’59 burst as they have ever had the pleasure to re-create.to recreate.

In addition to embodying the full aesthetic and sonic glory of this pristine Les Paul, Collector’s Choice™ #16, like all 2013 Gibson Custom reissues, also features Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Historic Specifications, which bring the Custom Shop reproductions closer to the real thing than ever before. These specifications, introduced for 2013, include a single-layer rosewood fingerboard, hot hide glue neck joint, accurate fingerboard and body binding color, historically accurate truss rod assembly, and genuine aniline red dye for the guitar’s back, neck, and sides. Further period-correct details include the neck’s nylon 6/6 nut, holly headstock face with pearl Gibson logo, reissue Kluson™ Deluxe green-key tuners, ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge with lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, reproduction Bumble Bee tone caps, and more.

All of this comes together in a guitar that presents a rare opportunity for the Les Paul player or collector, and will be produced in a very limited run of up to 300 hand-aged and meticulously crafted instruments. Qualifying materials will ultimately determine the size of the run.

Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #16 Ed King '59 Les Paul Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body
    Body shape: Single cutaway
    Body type: Solid body
    Body material: Solid wood
    Top wood: Maple fIgured
    Body wood: Mahogany non-weight relieved
    Body finish: Nitrocellulose
    Orientation: Right handed
    Neck
    Shape: '59
    Wood: Mahogany with maple spline
    Joint: Set-in
    Scale length: 24.75"
    Truss rod: Reissue
    Finish: Nitrocellulose
    Fretboard
    Material: Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Fret size: Medium-jumbo
    Number of frets: 22
    Inlays: Trapezoid
    Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
    Pickups
    Configuration: HH
    Neck: BurstBucker 3
    Middle: Not applicable
    Bridge: CustomBucker
    Brand: Gibson
    Active or passive: Passive
    Series or parallel: Parallel
    Piezo: No
    Active EQ: No
    Special electronics: Bumblebee capacitors
    Controls
    Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
    Pickup switch: 3-way
    Coil tap or split: No
    Kill switch: No
    Hardware
    Bridge type: Fixed
    Bridge design: ABR-1
    Tailpiece: Stopbar
    Tuning machines: Kluson deluxe
    Color: Nickel
    Other
    Number of strings: 6-string
    Special features: Collector’s Choice series
    Case: Hardshell case
    Accessories: None
    Country of origin: United States




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