Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection 1960 Les Paul
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Wildwoodians, is there anything cooler than a Burst-era Les Paul? Maybe if a polar bear could hit a jump on a snowmobile and do a backflip, it would approach Burst-esque levels of coolness. But, until we humans make tremendous advancements in the field of polar bear training, the Bursts shall reign supreme. Though the original Bursts only lasted from 1958 to 1960, they enjoyed an oversized impact in popular music. Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, and countless other iconic players have all featured the sweet sound of their Les Pauls on dozens of classic recordings. Without a doubt, the Les Pauls produced from '58 to '60 are some of the greatest examples of craftsmanship in the history of musical instruments. Their sound is as American as beer and monster trucks, and they are part of rock and roll's DNA.
Since we have the Burst bug bad here at Wildwood, we were overjoyed when we received the 2019 Historic reissue models from Gibson Custom. Once again, the wizard-like luthiers at the Custom shop have outdone themselves. With a combination of premium tonewoods, obsessive attention to detail, old-world manufacturing techniques, and a healthy dose of love and care, they have crafted some of the mightiest Les Pauls ever to grace the mortal realm. Let's take a closer look and examine some of the splendid ingredients that form their sonic cocktail.
Maximum Resonance for Monster Tone
All great electric guitars begin with killer raw materials, and these Les Pauls are no exception. After all, it's impossible when you pair a premium maple top with a select mahogany body. This classic tonewood combination produces a warm, rich, round unamplified sound with just the right amount of cut and articulation.
Hide glue is another source of Custom Shop magic. It's a protein-based adhesive, and when you use it to attach two pieces of wood together, it allows for maximum energy transfer. Though hide glue is extremely difficult to work with, the Custom Shop wizards use it to secure each and every point of connection on reissue Les Pauls. This pays incredible dividends to each instrument's tone. So, these Les Pauls showcase world-beating resonance and sustain!
Of course, it is nigh-impossible to make rock and roll music without electricity, so let's talk about the wires within the wood. Each Les Paul comes equipped with two Alnico III Custombuckers, and they are stunning recreations of vintage PAFs. They punch, bark, bite, rasp, and snarl with the best of them, and they have a good balance of richness and clarity. The mids are woody, the highs sing with inimitable sweetness, and the lows are pure sculpted muscle.
Also, these luscious Lesters come equipped with old-school paper-in-oil capacitors. These true-to-vintage components improve high-end transparency and impart a bit of extra treble cut. So, the warm, beefy humbucking pickups sound supremely balanced.
Goin' Like '60
This year, Gibson has reissued several important Les Paul models. This particular example is a 1960 reissue, which means that it has a slimmer, flatter neck. So, if you like classic fat Les Paul sounds but don't dig big fat necks, this may be the Lester for you!
There are also a couple cosmetic differences. The '60 reissue features "reflector" knobs, and it has slightly wider "double-ring" Kluson tuners. Those may seem like small details, but Gibson's attention to such minutiae vintage leads to an unparalleled sense of immersion when you pick up one of these Les Pauls. It really feels like stepping back in time!
Bursting With Joy
We are proud to showcase these beautiful Les Pauls for our exceptional customers. We are sure that their stunning looks, spectacular sounds, and amazing playability will bring any Gibson lover a lifetime of musical joy and delight.
|Brand||Gibson Custom Shop|
|Model||2019 Historic 1960 Les Paul Standard|
|Finish Color||Washed Cherry Sunburst|
|Top Wood||Maple w/Hide Glue Fit|
|Body Wood||Mahogany with No Weight Relief|
|Neck Shape||1960 Slim Taper|
|Neck Dimensions||.810 1st - .930 12th|
|Fingerboard||Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit|
|Inlays||Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid|
|Width at Nut||1.69"|
|Frets||22 Authentic Medium Jumbo|
|Pickups||Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)|
|Controls||CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors|
|Tailpiece||Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar|
|Tuners||Kluson Single Line, Double Ring|
|Case||Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch|
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