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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 their vintage 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.