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Gibson Custom 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Heritage Darkburst Electric Guitar

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This 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Electric Guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop offers you an exact duplicate of the 1959 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Darkburst nitrocel... Click To Read More About This Product

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This 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Electric Guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop offers you an exact duplicate of the 1959 carved top guitar with a glorious Heritage Darkburst nitrocellulose finish. You get all the benefits of a new guitar, with all the mojo of a vintage Les Paul. Hurry if you want one cause this limited edition guitar won't be around forever.

The only major change to the Les Paul "Sunburst" in 1959 was the addition of wider, fatter jumbo frets which facilitated more dramatic bends. The real force of this change was not felt until the late 1960s when rock and blues players like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, and Peter Green discovered the fat, warm voice of the '59 Les Paul, which they began calling the "Sunburst." This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the 1959 Les Paul Sunburst as the quintessential electric guitar in the minds of guitarists and collectors everywhere.

All of the '59 "Sunburst" specs are faithfully reproduced including the nitrocellulose finish, wireless ABR-1 bridge, bumblebee capacitors, CTS pots, and the correct materials and shape of the bridge posts and thumbwheels, truss rod cover, strap button, and pickguard.

1959 Re-created
The 1959 Gibson Les Paul has achieved such heights on the collector's market that it is unattainable to all but the most affluent investors. Now, however, with the release of the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary '59 Les Paul Standard, Gibson is putting the most accurate, detail-perfect re-creation ever produced within the reach of a limited number of players and collectors. Everything about this re-creation harks back to 1959, including such historically accurate appointments as its figured maple top, one-piece lightweight mahogany body, gold top-hat control knobs with dial pointers, nickel ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and accompanying nickel stopbar tailpiece, period-correct pickguard, single-ply cr¨me top binding, nickel tuners with green buttons, and a molded bell-shaped truss rod cover.

The Humbuckers
The first of these arrived on the 1957 model. As flawlessly as the Les Paul Goldtop played and sounded by 1956, Gibson was still chasing a full yet noise-free performance from its electric guitars. Noted Gibson engineer Seth Lover answered Gibson President Ted McCarty's call and created one of the greatest tone icons of all time: the "Patent Applied For" (PAF) humbucking pickup. In addition to reducing hum, the pickup also optimized the fuller, warmer, and more sustaining tone that has come to be known as the inherent voice of the Les Paul.

Beauty and the Burst
The second development arrived in 1958, leading to the most legendary incarnation of the Les Paul Standard. In order to maximize the beauty of the highly figured quilted, flamed, or tiger-striped maple tops, Gibson applied a semi-transparent cherry sunburst finish. The "Burst" had been born. With its carved top, powerful humbucking pickups, versatile Tune-O-Matic bridge, and super-comfortable, hyper-fast set neck with full fret access, it was perhaps the most advanced solidbody electric guitar the music world had ever seen. A year later, with the arrival of a somewhat slimmer, faster neck profile in 1959, the Gibson Les Paul reached its zenith.

Developing the 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard
Gibson Custom developed the 50th Anniversary '59 Les Paul Standard after intensive digital assessment of five original 1959 Les Paul Standards. The master luthiers of Gibson Custom discovered that each of these stunning electric guitars was a little different (as is always the way with vintage guitars) but that they shared a certain sound, feel, and vibe. With this detailed analysis they perfected many details on the reissue”yielding a period-correct Les Paul Standard more accurate to the '59 year of manufacture than has ever been reproduced before resulting in the ultimate '59 Les Paul Heritage Reissue.


2009 R9 Changed Features:
Nylon 6/6 nut
Improved ABR-1 bridge (no-wire, tighter tolerances)
Historically correct nickel-plated brass bridge saddles
Correct alloy saddle adjustment screws
Bridge height-adjusting thumbwheels are now thinner
Neck profile changed - now has less "shoulders"
Audio taper CTS pots
'50s wiring
Pickup routes adjusted so that pickups will be parallel to the strings
Top carve changed to be closer to several original '59s that were scanned
Body perimeter change - slightly tighter in waist, cutaway area refined to be more like originals
The maple cap is very slightly thinner, the mahogany body is very slightly thicker
The fingerboard is slightly thinner
The step from neck heel to back of body is taller and more correct
The taper of the "maple window" under the binding in cutaway is more accurate
The maple spline (filler strip) in the tenon is more accurate
The edge radius on the backside of the body is tighter (less rounded)
The "mustache curve" of the headstock top has been flattened slightly
The control cavity plate has been relocated, has the correct side taper, and now uses the correct ABS plastic
The pickguard shape has changed slightly
The pickguard bracket and screw have been changed
The truss rod cover has been reshaped to be more accurate
The serial number location is slightly lower and more correct
Dial pointers are less sharp
The strap button screws are longer
The jack hole is now the correct 1" diameter
The toggle switch nut has more correct knurled pattern

Heritage Darkburst
Rare select carved figured top
New nylon nut material
Thinner fingerboard
Ultrathin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
24-3/4" scale length
'59 rounded neck profile
Trapezoid inlays
Gibson BurstBuckers pickups
Thin single-ply white binding on neck
Nickel hardware

Faithful recreation to original 1959 Les Paul Standard specs
Vintage correct body shape
Taller, vintage correct neck heel
3 degree angle pickup route
Lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
Wireless ABR-1 bridge
Snug-fitting brass bridge saddles
Vintage correct thumbwheel material and shape
Vintage correct bridge post material and shape
Historically correct backplate and switchplate material and shape
Vintage correct pickguard shape and placement
Vintage correct strap button placement and screw size
Back and top thickness
Vintage tulip tuners
'50s style electronic wiring
Audio taper CTS potentiometers
Vintage correct dial pointers
Bumblebee capacitors
1" diameter jack hole
Toggle switch nut knurling
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Great Investment - not a keeper

By Bluesfan64

from McKinney, TX

Comments about Gibson Custom 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Heritage Darkburst Electric Guitar:

I purchased this 50th anniversary model several weeks ago primarily based on the salesperson's enthusiasm for the high quality and investment potential of this piece. After spending some time getting to know the guitar. I found that the luthiers at Gibson performed a factory setup that was superior to any other instrument I've purchased. The action is perfectly low, the neck is dead straight with not a buzz to be found anywhere up and down the neck. The materials and workmanship are stunning. This is a top quality instrument by any standards. But the factory pickups are aweful! Their sound is very muddy yet the pickups don't appear to be wax-potted because they'll feedback even at bedroom volumes. If it weren't for the investment part of the equation, I would replace the pickups immediately!

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50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard

By Brad

from East Amherst, NY

Comments about Gibson Custom 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Sunburst Reissue Heritage Darkburst Electric Guitar:

The master craftsmen of Gibson Custom are proud to honor the legacy of the world�ۡ���s most highly acclaimed and widely recognized guitar, the 1959 Les Paul Standard, by proudly announcing the limited availability of the most exact recreation of a legend it has ever produced �ۡ���� the 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard. Coveted by both players and collectors as the ultimate example of playability, attractiveness and tone, the iconic 1959 Les Paul Standard simply has no equal. With the release of this very limited new model, Gibson Custom takes the art of recreating the company�ۡ���s legendary guitars to an entirely new level. Every subtle detail of this model has been painstakingly reproduced, and nothing has been left to chance. From the gold top-hat control knobs with dial pointers to the molded bell-shaped truss rod cover to the period correct cr����me pickguard and nickel tuners with green buttons, the 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard reaches back into time and delivers the absolute ultimate in vintage guitar recreation. Only 500 of these very special guitars will be produced, and only two colors will be offered: Heritage Cherry Burst and Heritage Dark Burst. Each of the 500 guitars will come with a Gibson Custom case, a certificate of authenticity, and a custom care kit. There have been many great guitars throughout Gibson�ۡ���s long and storied history as a maker of musical instruments, but only one remains the definitive pinnacle of electric solid body guitar design. That guitar is the 1959 Les Paul Standard.

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