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2016 Gibson Custom Shop True Historic 1960 Les Paul Standard

Gibson’s True Historic 1960 Les Paul Standard is the most authentic sunburst Les Paul reissue Gibson has created since, well, 1960. Every detail of the original 1960 Les Paul has been painstakingly recreated in the design of this guitar – from the double-carved maple top to the style of the truss-rod nut, and everything in between.

The fingerboard and long-tenon neck are joined with hide glue, the neck carve is accurately contoured to Gibson’s 1960 shape, the dark cherry sunburst is (minus the smoke, nicotine, and UV fade) exactly as it should be, and the plastic parts have been recreated to be molecularly identical to Gibson’s late 1950’s stuff. It goes on and on – the headstock shape, nut material, tuner style, gearing, and buttons; the bridge and stop tailpiece, the gorgeous flamed maple top and lightweight one-piece mahogany body. The Custom Bucker PAF humbuckers are wound to offer exactingly true original PAF tone, and the bumblebee capacitors and vintage CTS pots fill in the details when the tone is rolled off.

This example is in perfect condition and comes complete with its COA and custom reproduction Lifton brown/pink case. It weighs in at a scant 8.25 lbs – which is amazingly light for a non-weight-relieved Les Paul.

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