Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul - Vintage Cherry Sunburst, Aged

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Two Humbuckers, and Hard Case - Vintage Cherry Sunburst Aged
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A True Historic '59 Les Paul with an Aged Finish

Get some vintage mojo in your collection with the Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul solidbody electric guitar. Made to exacting vintage specs, this premium instrument was painstakingly made to match the highly coveted guitars from 1959. Every detail is as close to spot on as possible down to the double-carved maple top, Custom Bucker pickups, and non-weight-relieved mahogany body. The playability, feel, and tone of this guitar is completely vintage. And the aged finish gives this axe the look and feel of a well-loved and played instrument. Add an iconic reissue to your collection with the Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul.

Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • True Historic appointments are more authentic than ever
  • Custom Bucker pickups deliver vintage PAF tone
  • Mahogany neck with early 1950s profile and rosewood fingerboard
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish, for the look of a lightly aged classic
True Historic appointments are more authentic than ever

When you want a guitar that has all the classic tone and vibe of the original Les Pauls, then you'll truly appreciate the Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul electric guitar. The neck and fretboard are attached using hide glue, which many argue sounds better than synthetic glue. Gibson Custom also uses an original spec truss rod, truss rod washer, and anchor. Kluson Green Key Tuners feature proper vintage profile, color, and performance specifications. Gibson even analyzed the vintage plastics down to the molecular level to ensure accurate reproductions. Take it from the guitar experts at Sweetwater - these features and others make the Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul one of the most accurate reproductions ever.

Custom Bucker pickups deliver vintage PAF tone

Gibson Custom paid just as much attention to the True Historic 1959 Les Paul 's electronics as they did to its aesthetics. Beginning with vintage CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors, every part of its internal signal path is designed to give you absolutely dead-on '59 Les Paul tone. Of course, it's next to impossible to find genuine '50s PAFs (even for Gibson). Instead, the Custom Shop True Historic 1959 Les Paul sports a pair of Gibson's Custom Bucker humbuckers. The Custom Bucker is the most historically accurate PAF copy ever. You just won't find another Les Paul that comes as close to the original look, sound, and feel of a '59 Les Paul!

Mahogany neck with early 1950s profile and rosewood fingerboard

When early Les Pauls are discussed (and they are at great length), a big issue is always the neck profile. The earliest Les Pauls had big, fat necks made of mahogany. The neck was slimmed down a bit in 1959 and it finally evolved into what's known today as the SlimTaper neck in 1960. Some players love those huge old necks while others prefer the SlimTaper design. This True Historic 1959 Les Paul has a bound mahogany neck with long neck tenon and the original chunky '50s rounded neck profile, which is historically accurate.

Nitrocellulose lacquer finish, for the look of a lightly aged classic

The Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul wears a gorgeous lightly aged nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes - standard back in the day - are significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to "breathe." Nitro finishes not only look vintage-y wonderful; they also enhance the instrument's tonal qualities. This guitar has the look (and feel) of a gently aged classic.

Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • The most historically accurate reissue of the iconic 1959 Les Paul to date
  • Vintage non-weight-relieved mahogany body with double-carved, hand wet-sanded finish
  • Late-1950's style Les Paul neck profile topped with a solid Indian rosewood fretboard
  • Hide-glued mahogany neck with extended neck tenon for exceptional sustain and response
  • Lightly-aged finish for a "played in" look and feel
  • Period-correct rounded neck profile
  • Neck and fingerboard attached with hide glue
  • Custom Shop hardshell case included
The Gibson Custom True Historic 1959 Les Paul is the most accurate re-creation of a classic LP to date!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Figured Maple
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Color Vintage Cherry Sunburst, Aged
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape 1959 Les Paul
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Trapezoids
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.687"
Nut Material Nylon
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR With Thumbwheels/Reissue Lightweight Aluminum
Tuners Reissue Kluson Deluxe Green Keys, Single Band
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Custom Bucker
Bridge Pickup Custom Bucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone
Strings .010P, .013P, .017P, .026W, .036W, .046W
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number LPR9TAVCSNH1

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