Great design is timeless and lasts a lifetime. It stays true to its original concept and stands up for its core intention and development. With this in mind let us introduce the 2014 Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Reissue. Taking things right back to the start, the 2014 VOS 1959 Reissue Custom Shop is an extremely accurate reproduction of one of the original Les Paul guitars! VOS (Vintage Original Spec) really does what it says on the tin. It features traditional cosmetic such as slightly worn finishes, delicately matted nickel hardware and boasts original build methods, giving you an authentic brand-new guitar that looks and feels like it's been crafted back in the 50/60s! Featuring a one-piece rosewood fretboard, this beautiful six-string takes you back decades and lets you relive the inspirational instrument that set the world on fire!
While the 2013 Gibson Custom Shop Reissue only used Hide glue in the Neck Joint, the 2014 model uses Hide glue in the Neck Joint, the Fretboard and the Nut, which is the way all Les Pauls were made in 1959. Gibson's '120th Anniversary' decal (normally found on the 12th fret inlay) has been moved and now resides on the back plate of the toggle switch, providing a much more authentic appearance from the front.
The Gibson Les Paul VOS 1959 Reissue Les Paul is a true joy to behold. Gibson have pulled out all the stops to recreate this Les Paul Standard closer than ever before to the 635 guitars they shipped in 1959. New features for 2013 include period correct Aniline dye finishes, hot hide glue neck, fretboard and nut joins, historic no-tubing truss rod assembly and Kluson deluxe machine heads. Perhaps the biggest step towards the original tone of the 1959 Les Paul Standard however is the new Custom Bucker which is painfully recreated from an original late 50s PAF (Patent Applied For) Humbucker. Thanks in part to the Bumble Bee tone cap the LPR9 sings beautifully at full volume and when rolled off has a distinct creamy character that cleans up stunningly.
Gibson Custom Shop guitars focus on quality over quantity. This means when you purchase a Gibson Custom Shop Reissue guitar, you're paying for an instrument that exudes Gibson's highest standards of quality, with luthiers paying extremely close attention to every single detail when manufacturing these iconic guitars. With production focused upon build quality and not about selling in bulk, you are reassured that the guitar you buy has been developed with intricate care and will remain a special part of your guitar collection, forever!
One-piece rosewood fingerboard Aniline Dye Kluson Deluxe machine heads Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit Gibson Custom Bucker Pickups Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing) Accurate body and fingerboard binding colour Faded Tobacco Finish
Here's what Gibson say about the 1959 Reissue Les Paul Standard 2013:
While all 1958-’60 Les Pauls are among the most saught-after electric guitars ever made, the ’59 Burst is often considered among aficonados to be the crème de la crème of the range. They are also exceedingly rare, with only 635 guitars shipped that year. With sales of the Les Paul declining every year since 1953, the year after its release, Gibson decided in 1958 to update the look of the model with an elegant Cherry Sunburst finish. Guitars from that first year of the Burst’s production often had relatively plain maple tops, but through the course of 1959, Gibson’s craftsmen built Les Pauls with tops that displayed more and more highly-figured grains, making these among the most collectible of the breed today. The 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue from Gibson Custom accurately recreates the original hallowed ’59 Burst in every detail, and presents it in your choice of VOS finishes: Bourbon Burst, Faded Tobacco Burst, Iced Tea Burst, Lemon Burst, Sunrise Tea Burst and Washed Cherry Sunburst. Gloss: Bourbon Burst, Faded Tobacco Burst, Iced Tea Burst, Lemon Burst, Sunrise Tea Burst and Washed Cherry Sunburst.
While the 1959 Les Paul Standard retained the classic ingredients of the breed—its solid mahogany body and carved maple top, both represented here in the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue—the guitar also evolved slightly from its specs of the previous year. Les Pauls made in 1959 also acquired a slightly thinner, though still comfortably rounded, neck profile, which many players consider the sweetest feeling neck shape of all time, along with a smaller neck heel. These are all represented with utmost accuracy in the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue, while the guitar 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 offered in VOS and Gloss.
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 1959 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.
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