Gibson Custom Shop ’59 Les Paul Standard R9 1959 Historic Reissue 2012 Lemon Burst VOS – Excellent Condition 9.5/10
This particular R9 has been an under the bed “case queen” and seldom been played over the last 10 years as far as we can see. It has just a single mark to speak of shown in the photos where it looks to have caught a stand – its maybe 1.5mm in size. Other than that the guitars condition is fantastic. This particular guitar was Yamano (Japan Export) selected – re-known for choosing the best tone woods and tops of the highest quality.
In 2012 Gibson had a good year with the exact duplication of the neck profile and top carve from an original ’59 Burst. The finish is very thin and looks as good as we have ever seen from Gibson. All 2012 guitars feature hot hide glue construction, a historically accurate ’59 hand finished top and neck neck carve and are fitted with historic parts, with period correct hardware, electronics and custom wound PAF pickups.
This one has an unbelievable top and very in-keeping with the period of the more flamed tops like the Kossoff burst. Its a nice wide, ribbon flame with some absolutely gorgeous marbling to it. Looks much more like the original guitars rather than the massively wide crazy flame tops you sometimes see on these, very traditional and in-keeping whilst exceptionally beautiful. It is very 3D with tons of movement (also making it very difficult to photograph!) All woods are hand selected and graded with tight grain and marbling as you’d expect on the very best in the Gibson line. The colour is a great looking lemon burst. The previous owner wanted an R9 that looked as accurate as possible to an original would look now without the wear. There’s next to none of the “binding bleed” usually seen on these either which means Gibson gave the guitar enough time to dry between lacquer coats. Also an early 2012 5 digit serial for an even more authentic look.
It has a great vintage look and looks highly accurate with the VOS finish, gorgeous maple top and Historic parts. The tone is pure magic. This one can do it all at 8.5lb. It is particularly rich and full sounding while still retaining its clarity and is in fantastic condition.
The Gibson Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Standard VOS Series is a painstaking re-creation of the original 1959 Les Paul. The only major change to the Standard in 1959 was the addition of wider, fatter jumbo frets which facilitated more dramatic bends. The real force of this change was not felt until the late 1960s when rock and blues players like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, and Peter Green began to discover the fat, warm voice of the ’59 Standard. This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the 1959 Les Paul Standard as the quintessential guitar in the minds of guitarists and collectors everywhere.
Using a combination of traditional hand craftsmanship and modern technology, the luthiers of the Custom Shop painstakingly reproduce the key elements that define cool, vintage instrument-stunning looks, flawless playability, and unsurpassed tone.
The Vintage Original Spec series has a proprietary finishing process that yields the gently aged patina of a vintage classic. Also, a revolutionary handcrafting process enhances the comfort and playability of these guitars. Solid mahogany back, historically accurate long neck tenon for superior strength and sustain, period correct neck profiles, hardware and electronics, and 100% nitrocellulose lacquer are among some of the features offered in the Gibson Custom VOS. series.
Exact duplication of the 1959 carved top
Elimination of the subtle gap on the pickguard and rhythm pickup
Angle of neck pitch re-set to 1959 specs
Exact same filler and stain as used in 1959
Thinner lacquer replicates the 1959 Les Paul’s finish and color
The binding has been adjusted 50/1000 to duplicate the 1959 model
Body and Hardware
Carved figured maple top
Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back
Single-ply cream binding on top
Thin toggle switch washer and jackplate
Aged nickel hardware
ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
Neck and Headstock
One-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret rosewood fingerboard Acrylic trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and color)
Single-ply cream binding
1959 rounded neck profile
24-3/4 inch scale length
1-11/16″ nut width
Holly headstock veneer
Vintage tulip tuners
BurstBucker 1 (rhythm) and
BurstBucker 2 (treble) pickups
CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
2 volume and 2 tone controls
3-way selector switch
Guitar will be well packed and sent fully insured with UPS. Thanks for viewing!
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