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Gibson Custom Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul Aged/Signed Electric Guitar

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Welcome to the "Hotel California." This tribute to the Les Paul that Don Felder used to record the famous outro to Eagles classic "Hotel California" is adorned with a special "Felder Burst" sunburst n... Click To Read More About This Product

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Welcome to the "Hotel California." This tribute to the Les Paul that Don Felder used to record the famous outro to Eagles classic "Hotel California" is adorned with a special "Felder Burst" sunburst nitrocellulose finish mahogany body and carved maple top. The Slim 59 mahogany neck is topped with the traditional rosewood fretboard. The ABR-1 bridge and Kluson-style tuners add just the right touch of vintage vibe.

The VOS "aging" treatment duplicates the wear and aging that Don's guitar has undergone over the years. Like all VOS (Vintage Original Spec) Series instruments, the Don Felder "Hotel California" Les Paul VOS is handcrafted for comfort and playability in the Gibson Custom Shop. The construction, neck profile, hardware, and electronics are period accurate, and a special "Felder Burst" nitrocellulose finish treatment gives it the patina of a gently aged vintage guitar. Includes Gibson Custom Shop case and a certificate of authenticity.

Like any great Les Paul Standard, the Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul starts with great wood. Gibson Custom selects figured maple for the two-piece top to replicate the look of Felder's own iconic 'Burst, and joins each set to a select, lightweight, solid one-piece mahogany back. Way beyond merely recreating the look of the original instrument, however, this maple/mahogany pairing perpetuates a tonewood match made in heaven: a best-of-both-worlds palette that gives you the perfect blend of maple's clarity, snap and bite, and mahogany's warmth, depth and richness.

A one-piece mahogany neck is glued in with the preferred long neck tenon for superior resonance and sustain, and carved to match the neck on Felder's own '59 Les Paul Standard. Taking all this tonal goodness to your amp of choice are a pair of BurstBucker pickups, Gibson's most accurate PAF recreations to date. It's all anchored with the rock-solid pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and topped with a set of vintage Kluson-style green-button tuners. And with a guitar that sounds and feels this good, you want it to look perfect, too.

Pickups and Electronics
A pair of BurstBucker humbucking pickups “ a BB2 in the neck and a BB1 in the bridge “ accurately replicate the tone and performance of the original PAF pickups in Don Felder's '59 Les Paul. They are routed through high-quality CTS pots for volume and tone, with "bumble bee" tone capacitors, and a Switchcraft three-way toggle switch, and a Switchcraft output jack.

To get the Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul just right, Gibson Custom has painstakingly formulated a unique "Felder Burst" finish, which accurately matches the mellowed, sand-hued fade of Felder's own '59 'Burst. Reproduced in nitrocellulose in a hand-executed process that involves several steps, the results are then treated to either meticulous hand-aging by Gibson Custom (150 guitars, 50 of which also will be signed by Don Felder), or Gibson Custom's acclaimed VOS process (150 guitars).

All told, it's a guitar worthy of its namesakes: one of the greatest guitar albums of all time, and player who laid down the leads that helped to make it so. All guitars come with a black, plush-lined Gibson Custom hardshell case, a Certificate of Authenticity, and full owner's manual and adjustment literature. Each also is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.


Mahogany body
Nitrocellulose finish
Maple top
24-3/4" scale
Set mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
22 frets
12" radius
Slim '59 neck profile
1.675" nut width
Gibson ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
BurstBucker 2 neck humbucker
BurstBucker 1 bridge humbucker
Vol/Vol/Tone/Tone controls
Vintage Kluson-style tuners
Nickel hardware
3-way toggle pickup selector
VOS aging treatment
Limited edition signed by Don Felder
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Gibson 1959 Les Paul Review

By Wayne's Music

from Los Vegas, Nevada

Comments about Gibson Custom Don Felder "Hotel California" 1959 Les Paul Aged/Signed Electric Guitar:

I ordered this guitar on October 5th 2010 and when I got it, it was the most awesome guitar I had ever owned. It sounds great in any amp, you don't have to put the volume on 10 all the time, for example it could be on 3 and it could give you that rich sound. I would recommend this guitar to anybody but there are 2 flaws, the guitar is a bit pricey and the strings that come with it, well suck but I'm still going to rate this guitar 5 stars.

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