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Gibson Custom Gibson Collector's Choice "Goldie" 1959 Les Paul Reproduction Electric Guitar

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The Gibson "Goldie" 1959 Les Paul Reproduction Electric Guitar is the second model produced in the Collector's Choice series. With serial number 9-0629, "Goldie" is an instrument that presents several... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gibson "Goldie" 1959 Les Paul Reproduction Electric Guitar is the second model produced in the Collector's Choice series. With serial number 9-0629, "Goldie" is an instrument that presents several of the most desirable aspects of these highly sought-after electric guitars. Crafted with close analysis of the original by Gibson Custom, including digital scanning and measurement from every conceivable perspective, "Goldie" totally embodies the spirit of the Collector's Choice series by recreating this original individual '59 Les Paul in as near-to-perfect detail as is humanly possible. As such, the instrument presents a rare opportunity for players and collectors alike: a precise reincarnation of the look, tone, and feel of one of the world's most elusive electric guitars. "Goldie" is reproduced in strictly limited numbers, with all guitars sent to world-renowned guitar-aging artist Tom Murphy for hand aging.

"Goldie" is an exciting opportunity not only because it is such a gorgeous Les Paul, but also because its ownership is extremely well documented, with only the first few years of its existence after heading from Gibson's Kalamazoo factory to its first owner near Deer Park, Texas, remaining slightly hazy. Having resurfaced in the early 80's at one of the first Dallas guitar shows, "Goldie" has graced the collections of several noted burst aficionados including Vic Da Pra and Tom Wittrock, the guitar is currently in the care of an anonymous collector and on loan to Gibson Custom. The guitar has also been extremely well cared for in its 52 years on this planet, suffering some of the minor nicks and dings that all well-played instruments experience in half a century of use”all precisely recreated by Tom Murphy's hand aging”but no breaks, repairs, or modifications. Also, this '59 Les Paul Standard's finish has naturally mellowed to a sweet, rich, golden "unburst," a luscious deep "green lemon" amber tone at the center with just a hint of darkening around the edges, giving it a look that many collectors adore. To precisely recreate the appearance of the original in the top of Collector's Choice #2 9-0629 aka "Goldie" Gibson Custom has hand selected figured maple with a broad, elegant flame and "slip matched" the two pieces to present the same degrees of depth and dimension. Hand-finished in nitrocellulose lacquer and hand aged, this top is partnered by a light one-piece mahogany back which has faded to match the original's soft, mellow reddish-brown.

The playing feel of Collector's Choice #2 9-0629 aka "Goldie" is ensured by a precise analysis of the neck profile of the original 1959 Les Paul Standard upon which it is based, and its perfect recreation in the one-piece quarter-sawn mahogany neck of this Custom Shop creation. The result is a gorgeously rounded late-'50s profile that measures approximately .900" at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The rosewood fingerboard is bound in vintage-accurate and aged plastic, as is the body top, and a genuine nylon 6/6 nut and vintage-style tuners with single-band green keys grace the headstock. To recreate the tone of this rare Les Paul, Gibson Custom has selected a Burstbucker 1 for the bridge position and Burstbucker 3 for the neck, a pairing that accurately reflects the mismatch in output that was often found in original PAF sets. Together, they present a woody, throaty tone from the neck, and impressive chime and clarity from the bridge. All in all, Collector's Choice #2 9-0629 aka "Goldie" is a total delight in sound, feel, and appearance, and the closest many players and collectors are ever likely to get to owning an actual 52-year-old 1959 Les Paul Standard.


Mahogany body
Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Unique figured Eastern maple top
Genuine mahogany neck with maple spline
CC#2 neck profile
Indian rosewood fingerboard
22 medium jumbo frets
12" radius
Nylon nut with Gibson PLEK system slotting
BurstBucker I neck humbucker with Alnico II magnet
BurstBucker III bridge humbucker with Alnico II magnet
2 Volume controls, 2 Tone controls, 3-way toggle
Gold top hat knobs with dial pointers
Nickel hardware
ABR-1 bridge with retainer wire
Stopbar tailpiece
Gotoh reissue green key tuners
Gibson hardshell case
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another les paul...

By alick swiden

from white bear lake, mn

Comments about Gibson Custom Gibson Collector's Choice "Goldie" 1959 Les Paul Reproduction Electric Guitar:

well, here it is. gibsons most expensive les paul. i dont deny it should be high quality but you cant rely on gibson to give you that anymore. features..... same old same old. same bridge, same neck and fretboard and inlays, same headstock and tuners, same body (well it is a les paul..) same neck joint, same back breaking weight. same wood too. nothing special sets this thing apart from the countless other lp models. or sg's just different shape. and this thing reproduction, not even new idea. honestly it should not cost this much and there are better guitars out there for price, quality, playability, sound, and features. not that its a bad guitar... just dont spend this much money on it.

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