Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection ’58 R8 1958 Les Paul Standard Flame Top RI 2002 Cherry Sunburst


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Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection ’58 Les Paul Standard Reissue 2002 Washed Cherry in 9.5/10 Excellent Condition. AAAAA Maple Top.

The guitar looks, sounds and plays exceptionally well as you’d expect from the very best of the Gibson Custom Shop Historic collection. The 2000’s are re-known as a good Gibson era with exceptional quality tonewoods used. The guitar is really resonant and one of the nicest R8’s we’ve had, not to mention the incredible flame top!

The guitar weighs in at 9.7lb with its cherry sunburst heavily flamed top looking very true to a 59 rather than a 58. The two piece flame maple cap has some beautiful looks and changes throughout the light, very 3D and very desirable. This is the highest specification maple cap you could order at the time a AAAAA top. Condition wise the guitar is excellent and completely unmodified. The frets and electronics are perfect, the guitar has been exceptionally well looked after and hardly played in its 20years in existence. There are some some incredibly light marks on the reverse of the guitar as you’d expect. Only a single mark to the headstock side is present (see pic).

The quartersawn one-piece mahogany neck has the chunky 58 Historic C shaped profile – comfortable, and very manageable, not massive as some of these can be. The rosewood fretboard has a beautiful tight and dark grain. The guitar is starting to age beautifully with the usual binding bleed and pearloid trapezoid inlays really do look superb – A very desirable instrument.

The humbuckers have the harmonic complexity and tonal range that you expect from a guitar produced in Gibson’s golden age. The bridge pickup has cut and snarl while still cleaning up nicely and delivering a smooth and balanced midrange, while the neck pickup has more warmth, pairing well with the bridge when both pickups are engaged. The electronics work perfectly and the guitar sounds absolutely superb.

Original hardshell case and handwritten Gibson custom certificate of authenticity included.


– Carved AAAAA figured maple top, hand sanded.
– Cherry Sunburst
– Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back
– Single-ply cream binding
– Thin toggle switch washer and jackplate
– Aged nickel hardware
– ABR-1 bridge
– Stop bar tailpiece

Neck and Headstock
– One-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
– 22-fret one piece rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
– Single-ply cream binding
– 1958 rounded C shape neck profile, hand sanded.
– 24-3/4 inch scale length
– 1-11/16″ nut width
– Holly headstock veneer
– Vintage tulip tuners


– 57 Classic (rhythm) and 57 Classic (treble) handwound pickups
– CTS pots and orange drop 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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