Gibson Custom Collectors Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe" No Longer Available

LTD Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, 2 x Humbucking Pickups, and Hard Case - Cherry Tea Burst
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A Rare Gem from 1960

Gibson Custom chose a very special Les Paul Standard to model the Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe" solidbody electric guitar after. "The Babe" is based on an incredibly well-preserved Les Paul Standard owned by the legendary Joe Bonamassa, sporting an unusual combination of '59 features on a 1960 guitar. The classic mahogany body, maple top, and mahogany neck with maple spline are all present, but certain features like the chunkier '59 standard neck set this Les Paul apart from typical 1960 models. Also, Joe's original "Babe" is one of the few Les Paul Standards verified to have a factory-ordered Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, which you'll also find on this highly collectible instrument. With only 300 available worldwide, don't miss your chance to own an amazingly playable and unique guitar - the Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe".

Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe" Limited Edition Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A precise re-creation of a very special Les Paul
  • The sound of PAF pickups
  • Classic Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
  • Gibson Custom Shop quality and craftsmanship
A precise re-creation of a very special Les Paul

The Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe" is based on a classic instrument that eventually found its way into the hands of one Joe Bonamassa. Built in late 1959, "The Babe" featured unusual design choices for the era. The neck is the chunkier '59 profile instead of the thinner SlimTaper design that was gaining popularity at the time. And "The Babe" was one of few Les Paul Standards verified to have come factory equipped with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece (most were modifications), which you'll find on the Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe".

The sound of PAF pickups

Gibson Custom analyzed the sound of the original PAF humbucking pickups on "The Babe" and re-created that vibe with a custom pair of Alnico III humbuckers. These pickups use period-correct wire and a precise number of turns to create the tone we all know and love. You'll love the tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet highs you'll get out of these pickups - it's everything you expect when you pick up a Les Paul!

Classic Bigsby vibrato tailpiece

It wasn't common to find a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece on a 1960 Les Paul, at least not one that was factory-installed. Gibson Custom confirmed that the original "Babe" was born with a Bigsby tailpiece, and you'll find that on this re-creation too.

Gibson Custom Shop quality and craftsmanship

Gibson's Custom Shop took extra care with every detail of the Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe". Every Gibson Custom guitar receives an ultra-precise Plek Pro setup, which precisely re-created the feel and performance of the original "Babe". the fretboard and nut for incredibly accurate intonation and a "just right" feel. And little touches, like the unusual aluminum baseplate beneath the bridge and the accurately-aged hardware remain true to the original 1960 Les Paul Standard that "The Babe" pays homage to.

Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe" Limited Edition Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Precise re-creation of a unique 1960 Les Paul Standard currently owned by Joe Bonamassa
  • Color: Cherry Tea Burst
  • Extremely limited edition - only 300 available worldwide
  • One-piece mahogany back with hand-selected Eastern maple top for incredible tone and sustain
  • Rosewood fingerboard with a 12" radius for fluid playability
  • Custom Alnico III humbucking pickups, wound with period-correct wire for a truly vintage sound
  • Rare features for a 1960 Les Paul, like the chunkier '59 neck profile (not SlimTaper) and factory-installed Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
Own a unique piece of Gibson history with the Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #3 1960 Les Paul "The Babe" Limited Edition solidbody electric guitar!

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Manufacturer Part Number HB485C

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