The Gibson Custom Shop Tree Of Life '59 Les Paul Standard Quilt Top Electric Guitar has a combination of features you won't find in any standard 1959 reissue. Hand-picked quilted maple forms the top. ... Read More
The Gibson Custom Shop Tree Of Life '59 Les Paul Standard Quilt Top Electric Guitar has a combination of features you won't find in any standard 1959 reissue. Hand-picked quilted maple forms the top. The rosewood fretboard has a jaw-dropping, twisting mother-of-pearl and abalone Tree of Life inlay that almost looks like it's still growing. Combined with the Gibson Custom Shop's peerless craftsmanship, this is a an axe that qualifies as a museum piece in the luthier's hall of fame.
The base of this guitar is a 1959 Les Paul Standard reissue, and other than the changes listed above, is accurate in every detail. The only major change to the Standard 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 began to discover the fat, warm voice of the '59 Standard. This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the 1959 Les Paul Standard as the quintessential guitar in the minds of guitarists and collectors everywhere.
Using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and modern technology, the luthiers of the Custom Shop painstakingly reproduce the key elements that define cool, vintage instrument-stunning looks, flawless playability, and unsurpassed tone.
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