2013 Gibson • 1959 Historic Reissue VOS R9 Les paul Ice Tea
2013 R9: LPR93VOITNH1 LPR9 = 1959 Les Paul Reissue 3 = 2013 VO = VOS IT = Iced Tea Finished NH = Nickel Hardware 1 = 1st Quality
(ship date 11/12/13)
While all 1958-'60 Les Pauls are among the most sought-after electric guitars ever made, the '59 Burst is often considered among aficionados to be the cr¨me de la cr¨me of the range. They are also exceedingly rare, with only 635 guitars shipped that year. With sales of the Les Paul declining every year since 1953, the year after its release, Gibson decided in 1958 to update the look of the model with an elegant Cherry Sunburst finish.
Guitars from that first year of the Burst's production often had relatively plain maple tops, but through the course of 1959, Gibson's craftsmen built Les Pauls with tops that displayed more and more highly-figured grains, making these among the most collectible of the breed today. The 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue from Gibson Custom accurately recreates the original hallowed '59 Burst in every detail.
While the 1959 Les Paul Standard retained the classic ingredients of the breed-its solid mahogany body and carved maple top, both represented here in the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue-the guitar also evolved slightly from its specs of the previous year. Les Pauls made in 1959 also acquired a slightly thinner, though still comfortably rounded, neck profile, which many players consider the sweetest feeling neck shape of all time, along with a smaller neck heel.
These are all represented with utmost accuracy in the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue, while the guitar also benefits from Gibson Custom's 20th Anniversary Specifications, newly adopted for 2013. These include a one-piece rosewood fingerboard, Kluson Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Aniline dye offered in VOS and Gloss.
Gibson Custom's new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late '50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF "bite." These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar's volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing "woman tone" when you roll back the tone controls.
To top it all off, the 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson's state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.
Every guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner's manual and adjustment literature.
2013 has been one of the most relevant years in the history of the Gibson Custom Shop. The series of changes applied in all '13 Historics have made them the most precise reissues ever made by the company.
We're talking about a one-piece fretboard, no-sleeve truss rod, aniline dye, hide glue neck set, improved binding color (more vintage looking), new Kluson tuners, stock Custom Buckers and real celluloid inlays. What a year!
One-piece rosewood fingerboards
Kluson Deluxe machine heads
Hot Hide Glue Neck Fit
Historic Truss Rod Assembly (no tubing)
Accurate body and fingerboard binding color
Includes hardshell case
Top: Carved Maple Top
Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
Profile: Early '50s Rounded
Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
Adhesive Franklin Titebond
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Hide Glue
Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
Species: One-piece Rosewood
Scale Length: 24.75"
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoid
Slots: Gibson PLEK System
Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer w/ Pearl logo
Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
Angle: 17 Degrees
Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls