Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #8 1959 Les Paul - #8, The Beast. No Longer Available

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Two Humbucking Pickups - Aged Dirty Lemon Burst
Item ID: LPR9CC8LTD

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The Beast

The Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 has a colorful history to go along with its buttery playability and formidable tone. Bernie's friend Joe Bonamassa (who enjoys playing "The Beast" whenever he's in the UK) thinks this guitar is "one of the greatest Les Pauls ever." And so will you. Wrap your hand around the chunky '50s profile neck. Strum a chord. Let rip with a blistering run. This guitar sounds huge, courtesy of two toneful BurstBucker pickups. Grab a piece of rock history: the Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8.

Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 at a Glance:

  • "The Beast" has history

  • Gibson nailed every detail
  • BurstBuckers give you monumental tone and sustain
  • Custom Shop hardshell case and certificate of authenticity
"The Beast" has history

British rocker Bernie Marsden obtained "The Beast," a 1959 Les Paul Standard, in 1974, while he was a guitarist in a band called Wild Turkey. It became his main axe thereafter, perhaps most famously fueling his blues-tinged guitar work with Whitesnake from 1978-1982. There has been ample speculation about the instrument's previous ownership. Eric Clapton, Paul Kossoff, and Andy Fraser are the likely suspects, but as Bernie says, players didn't pay much attention to those things back then. Their main interest in a guitar was its playability and tone. And "The Beast" has both in abundance.

Gibson nailed every detail

In re-creating this fabulous instrument, Gibson's Custom Shop nailed every detail, right down to its aged and road worn finish, which after more than a half-century, has faded to what can best be described as "dirty lemon burst" over a hand-selected Eastern maple top. Reissue Kluson Deluxe Greenkey tuners add an aura of authenticity, as does the Aniline dye finish on the Grade-A mahogany back and sides. The beefy 1-piece mahogany neck is capped with a single-layer, solid rosewood fingerboard with reissue trapezoid inlays. The Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 is the spittin' image of a classic solidbody electric guitar.

BurstBuckers give you monumental tone and sustain

In 1958, the Les Paul got an upgrade to two humbucking pickups, which were designed by Gibson's Seth Lover and are widely called "PAFs" because early examples had "Patent Applied For" stickers on the underside. It wasn't until Eric Clapton plugged a Les Paul into a Marshall amp that the light went on in many players heads: humbuckers equal big, fat tone! The Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 is equipped with two of the best humbucking pickups Gibson has ever produced: BurstBuckers. With a tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet treble, the sound is everything you'd ever want from a Les Paul.

Custom Shop hardshell case and certificate of authenticity

Naturally, a guitar as special as the Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 will come with a plush-lined hardshell case as befits its lofty status as a Gibson Custom instrument. So this one comes with a really sweet Custom Shop case that will offer the ultimate protection for your investment for many decades to come, as well as a certificate of authenticity. The Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 will have a limited run of only 300, so you better call your Sales Engineer today and get your piece of rock history!

Gibson Custom Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 Features:

  • The spittin' image of Bernie's 1959 Les Paul, affectionately dubbed "The Beast"

  • Limited run of only 300, so you better reserve one while you can!
  • Fat, satisfying '50s profile neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 5 (2 x neck and 3 x bridge) Burstbucker pickups deliver formidable tone
  • Hardshell case and certificate of authenticity included
  • Gibson's lifetime warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service
The Bernie Marsden Les Paul Collector's Choice #8 is one Beast of a tone machine!

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Manufacturer Part Number LP59CC8NBNH1

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