The Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard features a Mahogany body, adorned with a stunning 2-piece Figured Maple top. As you'd expect, the Mahogany is an excellent tonal foundation, giving this instrument a rich low-end and a warm mid-range. The Maple top brightens the highs, thus creating a full and balanced sound in conjunction with the Mahogany body. To keep things traditional, the body features no chambering or weight relief whatsoever.
The body is paired with a Mahogany neck, shaped to Gibson's 'Authentic '59 Medium C-Shape' profile. This neck carve is sure to appeal to the purists, offering a substantial yet comfortable feel. An Indian Rosewood fingerboard tops the neck, fitted with 22 'Medium-Jumbo' frets - striking the perfect balance between old and new. Both the neck and body are finished in a nitrocellulose VOS finish, just like the originals from the '50s. This finish allows the wood to breathe, not only enhancing resonance but wearing more naturally over time.
The hardware appointments on this guitar really hearken back to golden era of Gibson electric guitars. Featuring a worn Nickel finish, the No-Wire ABR-1 bridge is a nice nostalgic touch; easy to adjust for action or intonation changes. Paired with a lightweight Aluminium Stop Bar tailpiece, this material increases sustain and gives notes a more responsive attack.
A 1959 Les Paul wouldn't be authentic unless it featured Klusons, which is why Gibson has fitted the Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard VOS with a set of the classic Single Line tuners. Although they are fairly divisive for the way that they look, they do bring back that true '50s vibe.