There are few guitars that changed musical history, that inspired guitarists to take their music into uncharted territories and supercharge their guitar tone and the 1959 Gibson Les Paul is probably the most famous and iconic instrument among them. If you haven’t read the title of this post look 100 pixels up, ok got that? That’s right, this year is the 50th anniversary of this much revered incarnation of the Gibson Les Paul so it is only right to pay homage with a special edition. Gibson say that this is “the most accurate, detail-perfect recreation of this vintage milestone ever produced.”
Everything about this ultimate recreation harks back to 1959, including such historically accurate appointments as its figured maple top, one-piece lightweight mahogany body, gold top-hat control knobs with dial pointers, nickel ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and accompanying nickel stopbar tailpiece, period-correct pickguard, single-ply crÃ¨me top binding, nickel tuners with green buttons and a molded bell-shaped truss rod cover.
This perfect recreation of what Gibson calls “The World’s Ultimate Electric Guitar” and the “Holy Grail of guitars in the minds of professionals and collectors the world over” is available at a RRP of $8504 which considering Gibson prices isn’t bad for a limited edition, double the price of the 2008 Standard but a much better long term investment!
Gibson 50th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard – product page.