2010 Gibson Custom Shop Collector's Choice #1 Aged Gary Moore '59 Les Paul!
These rarely come up for sale and is by far the most desirable of the entire Collector's Choice series. Only 125 made. Truly a great player. Has the vintage vibe. An incredible 1959 Reissue guitar like no other model. Almost black rosewood fingerboard, lightweight, vintage top with lots of character, wonderful aging by Tom Murphy, and the Gary Moore (R.I.P.) connection with signed COA make this the top Collector's Choice model ever to be made.
The guitar appears unplayed with almost no fret wear. The guitar is all original and collector-grade. Very detailed aging on this one. All the wear simulated with precision by Tom Murphy. Comes with the original case, COA and paperwork as shown. Here is your chance to get one of the most desirable reissue models that has ever been made.
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The Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard
The Gibson Custom Collector's Choice™ series cracks open the greatest vaults of vintage instruments in the world, allowing players the opportunity to own replicas of one-of-a-kind historic guitars. We've contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their greatest prizes in this unique and unprecedented program. In embarking on this series of limited-run Collector's Choice™ instruments, Gibson Custom is starting with one of the most desirable artist guitars of all time: the legendary Les Paul once owned by Gary Moore, and now a treasured part of the Melvyn Franks collection.
While any 1958-60 Les Paul Standard is a rare and desirable guitar today, those played by major artists are even more highly prized. Given its history, the 1959 Les Paul Standard formerly owned by Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore—and represented in every minutiae by the Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard—is, for many players and collectors, the Holy Grail of Les Pauls. Not only is it a stunning original example with a highly figured top and a beautiful, faded "unburst" finish, it's a guitar with a fascinating configuration, with the wiring and orientation of the neck pickup reversed to create a unique "out of phase" middle position tone. Moore purchased the guitar in the mid-'70s and played it on recordings with Thin Lizzy, including "Still in Love with You" and "Waiting for an Alibi," and afterward, as a solo artist, before retiring the '59 Les Paul and eventually selling it to British-born guitar collector Melvyn Franks in 2006.
- 2-piece figured maple top
- Butterscotch nitrocellulose finish
- Historically accurate body top binding
- 1-piece solid mahogany back
- Non-chambered body
- Deep-set long neck tenon
- Mahogany neck
- 24-3/4" scale
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Historically accurate '59 rounded neck profile
- 17-degree back-angled headstock
- 1.687" nut width
- 22 frets
- 12" radius
- Nicke Sperzel tuners
- ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic nickel-plated bridge
- Nickel-plated aluminum stopbar
- Historically accurate
- BurstBucker 2 bridge humbucker
- Burstbucker 3 neck pickup, wired for out-of-phase tone when both pickup selected
- Missing silver inserts on the top two tophat control knobs
- Reversed neck pickups (with adjustable pole pieces facing the bridge)
- Vintage 3-way pickup toggle switch with vintage toggle cap
- 1/4" Switchcraft output jack
- Gibson PLEK system