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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 value 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.
Serial Number: 992216
Brand Gibson Custom Shop
Model 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard
Finish Color Kindred Burst
Finish Type VOS
Weight 8.63 lbs.
Top Wood Hand-Selected Maple
Body Wood Mahogany with No Weight Relief
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Authentic '59 Medium C-Shape
Neck Dimensions .880 1st - .990 12th
Fingerboard Hand-Selected Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Inlays Celluloid Trapezoids
Scale Length 24.75"
Width at Nut 1.695"
Pickups Wildwood Spec Custombuckers
Controls CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Bridge No-Wire ABR-1
Plastics Aged Vintage-Style
Tailpiece Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
Tuners Kluson Single Line, Single Ring
Case Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch