The Collecteor's Choice '59 Les Paul series makes it possible to own a recreation of a specific guitar from the few Les Paul Standards created in 1959. Once again working with a specific '59 and its o... Read More
The Collecteor's Choice '59 Les Paul series makes it possible to own a recreation of a specific guitar from the few Les Paul Standards created in 1959. Once again working with a specific '59 and its owner allowed Gibson Custom full access so that it could be analyzed, digitaly scanned and measured from every conceivable perspective. Now Gibson Custom can faithfully recreate the individual personality of a specific serial number of '59 bringing its magic within reach of a limited number of owners. The details of finish, material, wear and tone in the Collector's Choice range area as near to a perfect re-creation of each guitar's current condition as is humanly possible.
Collecor's Choice #6 is based on original serial #9 1918, aka "Number One".
"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." Those are the words Mike Slubowski used to describe his prized 1959 'Burst, serial #9 1918, and the latest original to be replicated through Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice series. As the name implies, each Collector's Choice is a specific excample of one of the few original 1959 Les Paul models still in existence and accessible through the generosity of their current owners. "Number One" according to the Gibson Custom team who analyzed the guitar's exact specificications in a series of hand's on sessions, is a pristine example of a guitar whose sixty-plus years have been lived out in a gentle quiet. It still retains much of the deep cherry red in its finish. In fact, the only evidence that it was exposed to light at some point is a dark, sales tag shaped portion of the finish. The particular finish of #9 1918 is rare with only a handful made during the brief period in which Gibson originally produced the 1959 Les Paul model.
The current condition of the original guitar is excpetionally clean, with consistent radiuses on its edges and clean cavities where the original tool marks are clearly untouched. Based on digital analysis of #9 1918, Collector's Choice #6 reflects a nearly ideal set of specifications with a neck that has just enough "cheek", a subtle flatness to the dish curve and a very slight difference in the neck and bridge pickup output. With just enough figure to give the guitar its character without upstaging its remakably clean finish, this is one very special instrument. Collector's Choice #6 is being made avallable in a a maximum run of 300 examples, with the availablilty of qualifying materials ultimately determining the final number.
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