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The 1958 - 1960 sunburst ("Burst") Gibson Les Paul is perhaps the most collectible and sought after guitars in the world.  It's holy grail status is not only due to it's relative rarity (about 1500 made, most had plain tops and only very few had awesome figuring), but because they are incredible sounding instruments.  Ironically, they were not very popular and only received attention in the late-1960s and 1970s when they became the axe-of-choice by blues and rock guitarists such as Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman.  In 1999, Gibson celebrated the birth of the flametop '59 Les Paul with the Custom Shop's 40th anniversary '59 Les Paul Reissue.  The 40th anniversay package included a deluxe Gibson Custom Shop Case, a 1959 Reissue Case, a leather 1959 Reissue Guitar Strap, and a copy of Yasuhiko Iwanade's Beauty of the Burst.  The '59 Reissue, or "R9", was conceived in response to the rapidly growing vintage and reissue market in 1992.  From its debut through 1998, the R9 was a close, but not exact reissue of the original 1959 Les Paul.  In 1999, Gibson produced a very accurate reissue with respect to binding, body perimeter shape, top dish carving, fret size, control placement, bridge and bridge pickup position, thin nitrocellulose finish, and peghead shape.  The 2001 model year R9's came even close with improved fret shape, neck binding width, tortoise side dot markers, and lightweight stop bar.  The R9 is offered with a plain top, AAA flame top, and top-of-the-line "killer" flame top.  A small percentage of R9s made each year have "aged" finishes and hardware.  The R9 shown here is a fine example of a standard AAA flame top with faded cherry sunburst finish.


Solid; 1-piece mahogany with 2-piece carved maple top, single bound top

Finish:  Faded Cherry Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece mahogany, set-in

Fingerboard:  Indian rosewood, single bound; pearloid trapazoid markers

Number of Frets:  22

Pickguard:  Cream, 1-ply plastic

Bridge:  Tune-o-matic with stop tailpiece, nickel

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Reproduction Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, nickel

Pickups:  Two, Gibson '57 PAF reissue humbucking with adjustable pole pieces, nickel

Controls:  Tone and volume for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  13 inches

Body Depth:  2 inches

Weight:  8.7 lb.

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