The 1959 Gibson Les Paul is easily the most iconic, most influential example of an electric guitar. If you're already looking at this page, we probably don't have to tell you that. Through generations of players and a wide array of musical genres, nothing gets it done quite like a '59 Les Paul. Dynamic, fat, smooth, powerful yet subtle—all with singing sustain. Open sounding and never compressed. There are many, many reasons the '59 Les Paul is considered the "Holy Grail" of guitar collecting, so much so that the originals sell for astronomical prices. Fortunately, the Gibson Custom Shop builds meticulous recreations of these exceptional instruments.
As the Certificate of Authenticity for this model reads, "This historic-spec 2018 Gibson Custom Les Paul is a precise and painstaking reproduction of a coveted Les Paul. Every detail that made the originals legendary has been proudly revived by the skilled artisans at Gibson Custom Shop to provide the perfect vintage playing and ownership experience, the result of decades of meticulous study and reverse-engineering without compromise."
Weighing in at just 8 lbs 4.5 oz, this 2018 Gibson Custom Historic '59 Les Paul (a.k.a. R9) is about as good as an electric guitar can be. Its tone covers so much territory, and it feels like it practically plays itself. Unfortunately, it suffered some cosmetic damage when the end strap button was bumped in shipping, and there is also a cosmetic bump on the headstock (see photos). Apart from those two cosmetic blemishes, this guitar is in practically unplayed condition. It includes its original Certificate of Authenticity, original case, and original hang tags.
If you've never found a Les Paul that felt quite right, this 2018 Gibson Custom Historic '50 Les Paul will make you a believer from the first note. If you're already part of the Les Paul faithful, here's an opportunity to capture the tone and feel you've been looking for.