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Pure Vintage Magic

No one would bat an eye if you called the 1959 Les Paul the most legendary vintage guitar of all time. It's certainly rare enough for one to stake such a claim, since less than 650 were ever made (roughly eight percent of Gibson's total production that year!). More importantly, they were some of the best-sounding electric guitars ever to grace this ball of dirt and water we call home.

Though they weren't big sellers at the time (so much so that the model was discontinued briefly in favor of the SG in 1961), 1959 Les Pauls quickly achieved holy grail status among players in the know. Guitarists like Peter Green, Jimmy Page, Ed King, and Paul Kossoff all fell in love with the 1959 Les Paul Standard's just-right medium C neck profile and its muscular, rich tone. Since so many important players adored their '59s, its signature tone formed the sonic backbone of dozens of canonical rock records.

As a result, the 1959 Les Paul has achieved lofty status in guitar culture (rightfully so!), and its value reflects it. Beat-up examples can sell for six figures, and guitars owned by legends can go for ten times that. Yep, that's right: Peter Green's '59 sold for a cool million to Kirk Hammett of Metallica.

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. For these guitars, Gibson 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 '59s 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. 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 isn'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.

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 Neck of Your Dreams

While I could probably write an entire book about how glorious these '59s sound, it's also worth noting that they play like a dream, too. If you're a fan of the medium-chunky rounded '59 neck profile, you will be blown away by these guitars. Gibson took great pains to ensure these guitars felt authentic, and as a result, their '59s have the same sort of spectacular playability that drew players like Jimmy Page to them in the first place.

The Legend Lives

We believe that these Wildwood Spec Les Paul Standards capture the magic of 1959 with exceptional accuracy (not to mention, you won't have to mortgage a 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.


Brand Gibson Custom Shop
ModelWildwood Spec 1959 Les Paul Standard
Finish ColorGreen Lemon Fade
Finish TypeGloss
Weight8.61 lbs.
Top WoodHand-Selected Maple
Body WoodMahogany with No Weight Relief
Neck WoodMahogany
Neck ShapeAuthentic '59 Medium C-Shape
Neck Dimensions.870 1st - 1.000 12th
FingerboardIndian Rosewood with Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius12"
InlaysCelluloid Trapezoids
Scale Length24.75"
Width at Nut1.695"
PickupsWildwood Spec Custombuckers
ControlsCTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
BridgeNo-Wire ABR-1
PlasticsAged Vintage-Style
TailpieceLightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
TunersKluson Single Line, Single Ring
CaseBrown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch

Why Order from Wildwood Guitars?

An instrument from Wildwood isn't just an ordinary guitar. It's your guitar. Each and every instrument we sell includes a full, point by point setup, an exhaustive evaluation, and expert shipping procedures, with first class, industry leading standards from start to finish. Why? Because you deserve it.

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