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Heart's Desire

Few modern slide guitar players can hold a candle to Lee Roy Parnell, but to focus only on his talents as a guitarist does a disservice to his talents as a vocalist and songwriter. Parnell is an eclectic Texan who has drawn on a wide range of diverse influences to make some of the coolest country music of the last twenty-five years. His music marries the best of traditional country songwriting with soul, gospel, and rock and roll, then steeps that mixture in the blues. Through it all, he's had a Les Paul slung over his shoulder. To celebrate his return to music after a long hiatus, the Gibson Custom Shop decided to build him a spectacular signature model. Wildwoodians, we are proud to present the Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard.

The Sound of Abilene

Lee Roy's signature model is a sight to behold. It features a custom finish dubbed "Abilene Burst" (an homage to his hometown), and it highlights the beautiful grain on the figured maple top. Two underwound '57 classic pickups produce sweet vintage PAF sounds that will inspire you to play for hours and hours. Speaking of sweet sounds, Lee Roy asked Gibson Custom to do something a little different for his signature model: would they put a bit of extra wood in the pickup cavities to give it a bit of extra vintage-style woodiness? They said yes, and it paid incredible dividends. Because of the extra wood, the pickups capture more of the guitar's acoustic character, the guitar feels more responsive, and it has glorious woody midrange that will take you back in time to 1959.

The Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul doesn't skimp on the ergonomic side of things, either. It has a contoured cutaway to allow for maximum access to the upper frets and beyond, which is a godsend for slide players. As fun as it is to take slide solos up past the 22nd fret, you won't want to because the neck is so comfortable. It's a custom '59 profile that Leroy worked with the Custom Shop to create, and it has a lovely chunky feel that makes you want to cancel all your appointments for the day and adventure across the fretboard.

We're proud to showcase such an inspiring signature model from our friends at Gibson Custom. We invite you to take one for a spin and experience the sound of Abilene. Once you do, we're sure the Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard will help you make joyous noise for a long time.


Brand Gibson Custom Shop
ModelLee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard
Finish ColorAbilene Burst
Finish TypeGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight9.25 lbs.
Top WoodFigured Maple Attached with Hot Hide Glue
Body WoodMahogany
Binding1-Ply Royalite
Neck WoodOne-Piece Mahogany
Neck ShapeLee Roy Parnell Custom Profile
Neck Dimensions.950 1st - 1.020 12th
Neck JointLong Tenon with Hide Glue Fit
Truss RodAuthentic 1950s No-Tube with Authentic Stepped 2-Ply Cover
FingerboardRosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue
Fingerboard Radius12"
InlaysCellulose Nitrate Trapezoids
Scale Length24.75"
Width at Nut1.687"
Nut MaterialNylon
Pickups2 Underwound '57 Classic Humbuckers
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch
PotsCTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
BridgeNon-Wire ABR
TailpieceLightweight Aluminum Stopbar
TunersKluson Single-Ring Single-Line
CaseGibson Custom Hardshell

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