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Gibson 1959 VOS Les Paul 2008 R9 Custom Shop

Cranleigh, Surrey £3,200.00
281 days ago


It’s such a wonderful guitar. A 59 Les Paul Reissue…I don’t think I need to write much about this as it’s such a well-known model. R9 from 2008 and Gibson made a loads of great amendments on 59s in this era: VOS finish with aged hardware introduced, CS begins using Plek machine used for dressing frets and cutting nut slots, Real vintage looking maple top grains/figures, Brighter back red filler color, Real honduran mahogany…these guitars are second to none in every aspect.

The only reason I’m selling this guitar is to fund a new Slash 58 Les Paul custom shop so sadly this must go 😢. I have owed this since new is in very good condition with only one small mark on the back of the neck pictured around 8th fret. Great flame top, all original.

Gibson Les Paul 1959 Historic Custom Shop VOS Ice Tea finish
Manufactured by Gibson Custom Shop in 2008
100% Original
Great Condition
Played very sparingly

VOS: Vintage Original Specs including:
Carved flamed maple top
Solid mahogany body (NOT weight relieved & NOT chambered) Weight 8.5 lbs
Singly ply cream binding on top
Historically correct binding height including at cutaway
50's rounded neck profile
.040" thick fingerboard binding--historically accurate for vintage "rolled edge" playability
22 fret rosewood slab fingerboard (pre-US Government bust of Gibson rosewood)
Vintage style & profile fret wire
Pearloid trapezoid fret inlays
Historically accurate tapered headstock with tuner holes in straight line (not following headstock edges)
3/8" back radius edge
Nickel hardware
ABT-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge w/stopbar tailpiece
5/8" heel with historical accurate shaping
Gibson vintage style tuners
Gibson Buckburster 1 & 2 hubuckers (authentic PAF sound)
3 way toggle pick-up selector
Historically correct 1/2" wire channel from toggle to control pocket
2 volume & 2 tone control knobs--historically correct shape
Historically accurate back control pocket route
CTs pots & bumble bee caps

Includes original brown Lifton hardshell case and case candy including:
Original hang-tags, care-guide, case keys & Gibson certificate of authenticity.

Gibson Historic Program Manager Edwin Wilson on the Custom Shop VOS 1959 Les Paul: “The guitars have also been given a lower neck pitch so that the bridge is closer to the body, rather than up high like a ’70s guitar, which in turn improves the tone. We have also changed the actual location of the trussrod—we x-rayed some ’50s Les Pauls and found where the trussrod was in relation to the top and the back of the neck, and have repositioned the VOS trussrods accurately according to this.” Application of the nitrocellulose lacquer finish to there VOS Les Paul has been revised to reflect the way Gibson finished these guitars in the late 1950's. They receive a thinner lacquer finish, which is applied, sanded, and buffed differently—which is to say, more accurately. This not only gives the instruments a look more like a gently aged and well-cared-for vintage Les Paul, but helps the guitars “breathe,” and therefore to resonate more freely. “There are a lot of details and they all add up to this: the most accurate reproductions of the original 1959 Les Paul specifications that it’s possible to build today.”

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