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In 1958, the men and women of Gibson Guitars had no idea that they were about to give birth to a rock and roll icon. Their flagship solidbody, the Gibson Les Paul Standard, had always worn a "Goldtop" finish, but they were hankering to go for a different look. What about a sunburst finish?
These new-look Les Pauls weren't an immediate hit when they arrived on the scene; in fact, Gibson sold less than 2,000 of them in three years of production before discontinuing the model in favor of the "Solid Guitar" or SG. For contrast, in 1959 the Les Paul Junior outsold the standard seven to one!
But, during the British blues explosion of the sixties and subsequent rock supernova of the seventies, the 'bursts ascended to rock and roll Valhalla after numerous iconic guitar players wielded the Standard as they played huge concerts and made legendary records.
Many of these players gravitated towards the 1958 iteration of the Les Paul. Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, and Duane Allman all were drawn to the '58 Les Paul's chunky neck profile and understated, lightly figured top. So, naturally, we had to pay homage to these legendary guitars. We asked our good friends at the Gibson Custom Shop to whip us up a Wildwood Spec version, and they were kind enough to oblige us. We think you'll find the results of our collaboration absolutely stunning.
Serial Number: 89323
Brand Gibson Custom Shop
Model Wildwood Spec 1958 Les Paul Standard
Finish Color Vintage Cherry Sunburst
Finish Type VOS
Weight 8.62 lbs.
Top Wood 2-Piece Plain Maple Attached with Hot Hide Glue
Body Wood Non-Relieved Mahogany
Neck Wood Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape Chunky "C" shape
Neck Dimensions .950 1st - 1.060 12th
Fingerboard Rosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Inlays Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at Nut 1.69"
Frets 22 Historic Narrow-Tall
Binding Single-Ply Royalite
Pickups 2 Wildwood Spec Custombuckers
Controls 2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch
Bridge No-Wire ABR-1
Tailpiece Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
Tuners Kluson Single Ring, Single Line
Unique Features True Historic Parts and Plastics
Case Historic Brown/Pink Lacquered Gibson Custom Hardshell