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Gibson Ed King 59 Les Paul Collectors Choice 16 Redeye
Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series is dedicated to re-creating the exact look, feel, tone, and “vibe” of some of the rarest instruments in guitar history. Gibson Custom’s unrestricted access to specific guitars for precise testing and analysis allows reproducing the characteristics of these acclaimed originals—neck shape, dish carve, finish, ageing, and tone, to name just a few essential elements—with stunning accuracy. This painstakingly detailed process, which lets players around the world experience these acclaimed guitars for themselves, is amazing in its own right—but takes on additional significance when applied to an iconic guitar owned and played by a globally recognized artist who helped shaped guitar-driven music.
Collector’s Choice™ #16 is the long-time sidekick of Ed King, co-writer of the southern-rock classic “Sweet Home Alabama,” and has been played on countless gigs and recording sessions through Ed’s work with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock. When Ed agreed to work with Gibson Custom to recreate his Collector’s Choice Les Paul, the team was taken initially by the beautiful, well-preserved look of the guitar. “The top on this thing is crazy, and its condition is actually quite incredible,” said Edwin Wilson, Gibson Custom Historic Manager. Once we plugged it in, though, the rare mix of feel and tone that lay beneath the surface proved this guitar as well-rounded an example of a rare ’59 burst as we have ever had the pleasure to re-create.to recreate.
In addition to embodying the full aesthetic and sonic glory of this pristine Les Paul, Collector’s Choice™ #16, like all 2013 Gibson Custom reissues, also features Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Historic Specifications, which bring the Custom Shop reproductions closer to the real thing than ever before. These specifications, introduced for 2013, include a single-layer rosewood fingerboard, hot hide glue neck joint, accurate fingerboard and body binding color, historically accurate truss rod assembly, and genuine aniline red dye for the guitar’s back, neck, and sides. Further period-correct details include the neck’s nylon 6/6 nut, holly headstock face with pearl Gibson logo, reissue Kluson™ Deluxe green-key tuners, ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge with lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, reproduction Bumble Bee tone caps, and more.
All of this comes together in a guitar that presents a rare opportunity for the Les Paul player or collector, and will be produced in a very limited run of up to 300 hand-aged and meticulously crafted instruments. Qualifying materials will ultimately determine the size of the run, so reserve this burst beauty now at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.
The body of Collector’s Choice™ #16 is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight mahogany with a figured maple top hand selected to emulate the look of the original guitar. The neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the precise ’59 profile taken from close measurement of the original guitar. It’s topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard featuring aged cellulose trapezoid inlays.
The original PAF humbucking pickups are a crucial part of the “burst tone” in any original late-’50s Les Paul, and to make those loaded into Collector’s Choice™ #16 as authentic as possible, Gibson Custom carefully studied and measured every intricate spec of the originals. A BurstBucker 3 made with an Alnico magnet—a relatively hot PAF for its day—is the perfect match for the neck pickup in Ed’s guitar, while a Custom Bucker with Alnico III magnet has been wound to match the bridge pickup. They are routed through the traditional control knob complement and three-way switch, with Bumble Bee tone capacitors.
Period-correct hardware graces Collector’s Choice™ #16, including reissue Kluson™ Deluxe “green-key” tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, all nickel-plated. The binding retains the accurate vintage color, as do the pickup rings and pickguard, and the guitar carries a traditional black/white “bell” truss-rod cover.
Each guitar is backed by Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service, and will include a silkscreened brown Custom Shop hardshell case and owner’s manual, and a Custom Shop Collector’s Choice #16 leather-bound trifold Certificate of Authenticity.
Gibson Les Paul 1958 Plain Top VOS 2013 Iced Tea
By the time the sunburst finish finally arrived on Gibson’s Les Paul Model in 1958, the guitar had already evolved through several modifications through the course of the decade, including the arrival of the Tune-o-matic bridge in 1956 and humbucking pickups in 1957. As legendary as ’50s Les Pauls have become, Gibson had sold fewer of the guitar every year since 1953, the year following its introduction, when the company shipped 2,245 Les Pauls. Gibson president Ted McCarty blamed some of the model’s waning popularity on its flashy Goldtop finish, and attempted to bolster its appeal with an elegant and more traditional Cherry Sunburst finish. Since this finish now displayed the grain of the guitar’s carved maple top, Gibson also now used “bookmatched” two-piece tops glued together with a center seam, giving each guitar its very own distinct look and marking the beginning of the guitar world’s fascination with figured maple tops, even though the majority of the tops used in 1958 were considered “plain” when compared to the tops used one year later and beyond. The 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue from Gibson’s Custom Shop presents the most accurate recreation yet available of this first incarnation of the hallowed “Burst,” in a guitar that contains all the crucial ingredients, with a less showy maple top that is sometimes considered more authentic looking than those with highly detailed figuring. Also, while all Les Pauls were finished in Cherry Sunburst in 1958, these faded in greatly varying degrees, which are now accurately represented in the 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue finish selections.
The 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue relies on the ingredients that made the Les Paul a classic in the first place, but puts them together in the way that first began to show off what was going on underneath the finish. The Gibson Custom Shop uses a body of solid, non-weight relieved mahogany, which blends depth and richness with the snap and clarity of the maple top. The quarter-sawn mahogany neck still has a chunky, rounded ’50s profile, which, in combination with the traditional long-tenon neck joint, enhances sustain and resonance as well as feeling great in the hand. In addition to these classic ingredients, the 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue also benefits from Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Aniline dye beneath its nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Gibson Custom’s new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late ’50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF “bite.” These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar’s volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing “woman tone” when you roll back the tone controls. To top it all off, the 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson’s state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.
Gibson Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul Aged
Joe Walsh is a rare and distinguished member of the rock and roll élite who has managed to retain his distinctive and instantly recognizable tone and playing style through the course of a career spanning five decades. From joining the James Gang in 1968, to his long and ongoing solo career, to his pivotal role as lead guitarist with the Eagles, that thick, rich, sustaining Les Paul tone has remained the centerpiece of Joe’s sound. Now the look, feel, and tone of his own exalted original 1960 Les Paul Standard has been recreated in exacting detail by the world-renowned craftspeople of Gibson Custom as the Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul Standard.
Working closely with Joe Walsh, the guitar’s current owner, and the guitar itself, Gibson Custom has analyzed this rare original ’Burst in exacting detail, reproducing it with unprecedented precision in a Limited Run totaling 250 guitars: 50 hand-aged by Tom Murphy and signed by the artist, a further 75 Murphy aged, and 125 treated to Gibson’s proprietary VOS processes. The result is a dead-on 1960 Standard that not only offers every drop of that legendary Joe Walsh tone, but which also presents the magical look and feel of this beloved artist’s guitar.
From the carefully hand-selected maple top, to the accurate “tangerine burst” finish, to a neck profile measured precisely from the original guitar, to the Custom Bucker PAF-style pickups and period-correct electronics, the Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul Standard is a stunning recreation of one of the most desirable electric guitars ever made. In addition, as a member of the 2013 class of Historic instruments, the Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul features Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Specifications: genuine aniline dye back and sides, historically accurate truss rod assembly with no tubing, hot hide glue neck joint, historically accurate binding color, and 1 piece Rosewood fingerboard. All together, it presents a rare opportunity to own the closest thing possible to this historic artist guitar. Reserve yours now at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.
Gibson Custom lays down the foundation for the Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul Standard by marrying a solid, lightweight, one-piece, Grade-A mahogany body with a top carved from maple that has been hand selected to match the look of Joe’s original guitar. A thin nitrocellulose “tangerine burst” finish and your choice of hand aging by Tom Murphy or Gibson’s VOS treatment complete the authentic look and feel. A quarter-sawn Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to an accurate 1960 profile that measures 0.800” at the 1st fret and 0.854” at the 12th, and topped with a one-piece, Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays made from period-correct cellulose nitrate, and a nylon 6/6 nut at the top end.
To ensure that the Joe Walsh 1960 Les Paul Standard sounds every bit as sublime as it looks, Gibson Custom loads it with a pair of Custom Bucker pickups, made with Alnico III magnets and wound to precisely match the specs of Joe’s original PAF humbuckers. The traditional four-knob Les Paul control complement includes “bumble bee” tone capacitors on the tone potentiometers, and a three-way pickup selector.
The accurate ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge is set up with its saddles slanted precisely as found on Joe’s original guitar, and partners with a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece. A set of Grover™ kidney-button tuners, a common upgrade on guitars of the era, offer smooth and precise tuning. The body and fingerboard binding, pickguard, truss-rod cover, switch ring, and control cavity covers are all period-correct for shape and color, and the guitar’s controls carries four gold Top Hat knobs with silver Vol/Tone inserts.
All guitars include a Gibson Custom hardshell case. Fifty guitars will be hand-aged by Tom Murphy and signed by the artist and come complete with a leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity. All guitars include Certificate of Authenticity, owner’s manual and adjustment literature.
Gibson Collectors Choice No8 Bernie Marsden 1959 Les Paul
Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series is devoted to painstaking replication of choice original vintage Les Pauls. As a result, these guitars bring players and collectors closer to owning a specific, existing vintage Les Paul than anything else available on the market. The latest in the series—Collector’s Choice™ #8 1959 Les Paul “The Beast”—embodies everything that made the 1959 Les Paul legendary in the first place, in the exacting image of a true workhorse ’Burst that has toured the stages and studios of the world in the hands of a legendary rocker. British guitarist Bernie Marsden is one of rock’s true road warriors. As a founding member of Whitesnake and guitarist with several other bands, projects, and notable solo artists, Bernie has laid down some of rock’s hottest riffs for more than five decades, and his prized 1959 Les Paul, serial number 9–1914, has been there through it all. Through the collaboration between the craftspeople at Gibson Custom and the generous cooperation of owner/artist Bernie Marsden himself, this hallowed ’Burst now comes to life in a strictly Limited Edition with a maximum of 300 guitars, all representing every detail of this road-tested veteran, from its faded “Dirty Lemon” finish, to its patina and playing wear—and most of all, its feel and tone.
The process of creating a Collector’s Choice™ guitar involves detailed hands-on analysis of the original, along with intimate digital scanning and precise measurement of every output and specification. The exceptional accuracy used to craft Collector’s Choice™ #8 1959 Les Paul “The Beast” includes attaining similar lightweight, one-piece mahogany bodies and similarly figured carved maple tops, recreating the precise beefy ’50s neck to match the original’s distinctive and individual profile, and developing a custom-wound set of pickups that includes a Burstbucker #2 in the neck and a Burstbucker #3 in the bridge to recreate The Beast’s unique chimey-to-throaty tone range. To take it all further, Gibson Custom accurately matches every nuance of the finish aging and playing wear found on the original, with the result that the final guitars have been thoroughly approved by Bernie himself for adherence to the original’s look, feel, and tone.
In addition to being an uncannily accurate recreation of a legendary guitar, Collector’s Choice™ #8 1959 Les Paul “The Beast” also features Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Historic Specifications, which bring the Custom Shop reproductions closer to the real thing than ever before. These specifications, introduced for 2013, include a single-layer rosewood fingerboard, hot hide glue neck joint, accurate fingerboard and body binding color, historically accurate truss rod assembly, and genuine aniline dye for the guitar’s back, neck, and sides. Further period-correct details are found in the neck’s nylon 6/6 nut, holly headstock veneer with pearl Gibson logo, reissue Kluson™ Deluxe tuners, ABR-1 bridge with lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, Bumble Bee tone caps, and more. For player’s and collector’s seeking the look, feel, and tone of an exceptional original 1959 Les Paul Model guitar played and loved by a respected artist, Collector’s Choice™ #8 1959 Les Paul “The Beast” represents a rare opportunity.
The guitar will be produced in no fewer than 25 and no more than 300 examples, depending on the availability of suitable materials, and each will include a silkscreened brown Custom Shop hardshell case and owner’s manual and a Custom Shop Collector’s Choice™ #8 Artist Certificate of Authenticity.
Gibson Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard Gold Top Black Back
No contemporary guitarist has thrust scorching classic blues-rock tone into the 21st century like Joe Bonamassa. Through a fleet of uncompromising solo recordings, guest appearances, and world tours he has proved himself one of the most dynamic guitarists working today, and his iconic Les Paul Goldtop has accompanied him throughout the whirlwind journey. “For me to be myself,” says Bonamassa, “I have to play a Les Paul. I plug it in and it sounds like me—exactly the way I’m supposed to sound. Anything else just doesn’t make sense.” Now Gibson USA gives fans of Joe’s style and tone the opportunity to acquire an authentic dose for themselves, in the form of the new Joe Bonamassa Les Paul. The package, limited to 400 guitars, includes a meticulously crafted Les Paul Standard designed in the image of Joe’s own main squeeze, new pickups made to Joe’s specifications by Joe and Seymour Duncan, a pair of Joe’s trademark Tag Hauer™ sunglasses, a signed pickguard and 14 CDs from Joe’s impressive discography, along with a Gibson hardshell case and related documentation. The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul is a glorious celebration of this artist’s achievements, as well as a fast track to landing that searing Bonamassa tone for yourself.
The mahogany-and-maple combination has always been at the cornerstone of the classic Les Paul tone, and the Joe Bonamassa Les Paul from Gibson USA stays true to that tradition. The carved maple top contributes clarity and sustain to the overall brew, while a mahogany body—treated to Gibson’s acclaimed “modern weight relief” to lighten the load and enhance resonance—provides all the depth and sweetness for which this legendary tonewood is known. Traditional building techniques continue with the glued-in solid mahogany neck with 17-degree back-angled headstock for optimum pressure in the PLEK-cut slots of the Corian™ nut. The neck is carved to a sumptuous new asymmetrical 1960 profile for the optimum marriage of comfort and speed, and topped with a one-piece, Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with cream binding and traditional trapezoid inlays. The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul totally looks the part, too, in its classic Goldop finish with dark ebony sides, back, and neck, all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, of course. The package is completed by Joe’s choice of mismatched gold and amber knobs for the bridge and neck pickup controls, a black truss-rod cover hot stamped with Joe’s signature, black pickup rings, and a black five-ply pickguard.
The tone of any great guitar lives or dies by its pickups, and Joe and Seymour Duncan have teamed up to create these new pickups to Joe’s specifications. A TonePros™ locking Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece and a set of Grover™ locking tuners ensure solid sustain and faultless intonation and tuning. In addition to the formfitting Gibson USA hardshell case, owner’s manual, adjustment literature and truss-rod wrench, the new owner of each of 400 Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa Les Pauls will get a form with instructions on securing Joe’s discography, signed pickguard and Tag Hauer sunglasses.