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This exceptionally rare "unburst" 2010 Gibson Collector's Choice #1 Melvin Franks VOS 1959 Les Paul Reissue is in Mint condition. With OHSC and COA.
8 lbs, 7 oz
While any 1958-60 Les Paul Standard is a rare and desirable guitar today, those played by major artists are even more highly prized. Given its history, the 1959 Les Paul Standard formerly owned by Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore—and represented in every minutiae by the Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard—is, for many players and collectors, the Holy Grail of Les Pauls. Not only is it a stunning original example with a highly figured top and a beautiful, faded "unburst" finish, it's a guitar with a fascinating configuration, with the wiring and orientation of the neck pickup reversed to create a unique "out of phase" middle position tone. Moore purchased the guitar in the mid-'70s and played it on recordings with Thin Lizzy, including "Still in Love with You" and "Waiting for an Alibi," and afterward, as a solo artist, before retiring the '59 Les Paul and eventually selling it to British-born guitar collector Melvyn Franks in 2006.
- Rounded ’59 neck profile
- Luscious Deep-Amber “Unburst” Finish
- “Reverse-phase” BurstBucker Humbucking Pickups
- Bumble Bee Tone Capacitors
- Nickel-Plated Sperzel Tuners
A pair of BurstBucker humbucking pickups accurately replicate the tone and performance of the original PAF pickups in the Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul, and are installed to replicate the "reverse-phase" center position. These pickups are routed through high-quality CTS pots for volume and tone, with "bumble bee" tone capacitors, and a Switchcraft three-way toggle switch.
Les Paul aficionados have long clamored for a reproduction of this legendary Les Paul, and the Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard finally nails it. From the luscious deep-amber "unburst" finish on the highly figured maple top, to the reversed neck pickups (with adjustable pole pieces facing the bridge), to the missing silver inserts on the top two "Top Hat" control knobs, to the Bumble Bee tone capacitors, this Custom Shop creation embodies a guitar that collector's have lusted after for more than four decades. In addition, it captures all the historically accurate details that make a Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul the most accurate reproduction of the 'Burst ever produced. Details such as the deep-set long neck tenon, correct body top binding in the cutaway, accurate BurstBucker PAF-humbucking pick reproductions, rounded '59 neck profile, and 17-degree back-angled headstock all give this guitar the feel and tone of the real deal. Produced in strictly limited numbers, the Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard was offered in 125 examples aged by artisan Tom Murphy, and 125 instruments treated to Gibson's VOS process, of which this is #60.
*Please note all prices are in Canadian dollars, which is approximately 25% cheaper for US customers due to the higher US dollar.
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