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The Origin of the Burst


In 1958, the men and women of Gibson Guitars had no idea that they were about to give birth to a rock and roll icon. Their flagship solidbody, the Gibson Les Paul Standard, had always worn a "Goldtop" finish, but they were hankering to go for a different look. What about a sunburst finish?

These new-look Les Pauls weren't an immediate hit when they arrived on the scene; in fact, Gibson sold less than 2,000 of them in three years of production before discontinuing the model in favor of the "Solid Guitar" or SG. For contrast, in 1959 the Les Paul Junior outsold the standard seven to one!

But, during the British blues explosion of the sixties and subsequent rock supernova of the seventies, the 'bursts ascended to rock and roll Valhalla after numerous iconic guitar players wielded the Standard as they played huge concerts and made legendary records.

Many of these players gravitated towards the 1958 iteration of the Les Paul. Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, and Duane Allman all were drawn to the '58 Les Paul's understated, lightly figured top. So, naturally, we had to pay homage to these legendary guitars. We asked our good friends at the Gibson Custom Shop to whip us up a Wildwood Spec version, and they were kind enough to oblige us. We think you'll find the results of our collaboration absolutely stunning.

Capturing the Vibe


Whenever we do a run of Wildwood Spec Les Pauls, our primary goal is to capture vintage magic in a brand-new instrument. Together, Gibson and the Wildwood team pulled out all the stops and went deeper down the rabbit-hole of guitar nerdery than ever before. Before we get into the obsessive details (I swear, you've never heard anyone geek out about plastics as much as we did when these guitars arrived), let's talk about some of the design choices that make these '58s so Wildwood Spec-tacular.

All great guitars start with great woods, so our resident Gibson expert visited the Custom Shop to hand-pick each and every top and fretboard. Historically, the '58 Les Paul had lighter figuring than the flamed-out '59s and '60s. But, that doesn't mean that we simply picked some plain maple tops and called it good! No, we scoured for the most elegant, understated pieces of maple we could find. As a result, these luscious Lesters are sure to induce uncontrollable drooling every time they come out of the case. Of course, such high-quality woods also produce exceptional resonance and sustain.

Speaking of sustain: our friends at the Custom Shop then used hide glue to attach each piece of wood together. Here at Wildwood, we love hide glue the way Pete Townshend loves windmilling. It's a protein-based adhesive that promotes the greatest possible energy transfer between two pieces of wood. This results in maximum resonance and sustain, but it ins't easy. Hide glue is incredibly difficult to work with, and it requires a master's touch (as well as a tremendous amount of patience and elbow grease). The Custom Shop luthiers were up to the task, though, and their incredible skill made these guitars true sonic heavyweights.

It's All About the Little Things


In our never-ending quest for total vintage accuracy, we asked the Custom Shop to put aged plastics on our VOS Wildwood Spec '58s. They obliged, and the resulting hardware looked perfect. It may seem like a small detail, but it really does make you feel like Gibson pulled these guitars from a time capsule.

Fifties Vibe, Sixties Feel


Though I could easily compose a hundred sonnets about the myriad sonic and aesthetic delights these '58s offer, perhaps their greatest feature is their neck profile. Though the original Goldtops of the fifties had a chunky neck, we though it would be neat to outfit a couple of our Wildwood Spec '58s with skinnier V2 '60s-inspired neck profiles. These necks are a joy to play on! They're skinny enough to make for easy chording down low on the neck, but substantial enough to give you plenty of leverage to bend as you move toward the twelfth fret.

Boss 'Buckers


We also requested that Gibson use Wildwood Spec pickups in these beasts, and we couldn't be happier with the results. They have such incredible vintage vibe that you'd think you took a time machine back to London circa 1966 when you plug one in. They have all of the qualities we covet in old-school PAFs: warm, clear low-end, upper-midrange snarl, low-mid growl, and sweet, singing highs. The bridge pickup is as punchy, muscular, and articulate as an undefeated prizefighter with a master's degree in communication. Flipping over to the neck pickup makes you feel like you dove into a vat of melted artisan milk chocolate. It's warm, inviting, vocal, creamy, and righteously smooth.

The Legend Lives


We believe that these Wildwood Spec 1958 Les Paul Standards capture the magic of 1958 with exceptional accuracy (not to mention, you won't have to mortgage your mansion to get one!). We're proud to showcase them for our exceptional customers, and we know they will inspire any Gibson aficionado to reach new heights on their fretboard adventures.

Specifications:

Brand Gibson Custom Shop
ModelWildwood Spec 1958 Les Paul Standard - VOS
Finish ColorGolden Poppy
Finish TypeVOS Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight8.20 lbs.
Top WoodCarved Maple attached with Hot Hide Glue
Body WoodSolid Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany
Neck Wood1-Piece Mahogany Neck
Neck ShapeSlim '60s-Inspired V2 Rounded Profile
Neck Dimensions.820 1st - .960 12th
FingerboardRosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue
Fingerboard Radius12"
InlaysCellulose Trapezoids
Scale Length24.75"
Width at Nut1 11/16"
Frets22 (Historically-accurate small fretwire)
BindingSingle-Ply Cream on Top and Hand filed rolled Fingerboard Binding
Pickups2 Custom Buckers wound to Wildwood Spec
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch
HardwareNickel
BridgeABR-1
TailpieceLightweight Aluminum Stopbar
TunersKluson "Deluxe"
Unique FeaturesTrue Historic Parts and Plastics
CaseHistoric Brown/Pink Lacquered Gibson Custom Hardshell
COAYes

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