Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series provides players with the opportunity to experience the precise look, feel and tone of some of the rarest guitars in history. When Gordon Kennedy acquired his 1959 Les Paul in 1993, he was fully aware of the guitar’s deep history, its contribution to popular music, and ownership by a cultural icon. This Les Paul—recreated here as Collector’s Choice #13 1959 Les Paul # 9-1352 aka “The Spoonful Burst”—was the sole guitar that had accompanied the musical journey of John Sebastian, best known for a brilliant and colorful career as frontman of The Lovin’ Spoonful. In his hands it had helped to create a string of hits such as “Do You Believe In Magic,” “Nashville Cats,” and “Welcome Back,” the theme song to the hit ’70s TV show Welcome Back Kotter. One of the things that makes Collector’s Choice #13 “The Spoonful Burst” truly special is the way in which Gibson Custom recreates distinctive elements of its specific wear, tone, look and feel, rendering a detail-perfect instrument that comes as close as is humanly possible to an original vintage Les Paul. Unique details include its unusually balanced front and rear pickups, substantial neck profile, significant wear from a long career of heavy use by John Sebastian, and its beautifully faded Dirty Lemon burst finish. There’s no better tribute to one of America’s most accomplished artists.
HAND SELECTED SUBTLY FIGURED MAPLE TOP AND LIGHTWEIGHT, ONE-PIECE MAHOGANY BODY, HAND-AGED TO MATCH THE ORIGINAL.
GLUED-IN MAHOGANY NECK WITH THE ORIGINAL’S PRECISE ROUNDED LATE-‘50S PROFILE, AND ONE-PIECE ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD WITH CELLULOSE INLAYS.
DIRTY LEMONBURST FINISH, AGED TO MATCH THE ORIGINAL GUITAR.
CUSTOM BUCKERS WITH AN ALNICO II MAGNET IN THE NECK AND ALNICO III IN THE BRIDGE RE-CREATE THE ORIGINAL PAFS, INDIVIDUAL VOLUME AND TONE CONTROLS WITH “BUMBLE BEE” CAPACITORS AND A THREE-WAY SWITCH.
PERIOD CORRECT TUNE-O-MATIC BRIDGE, STOPBAR TAILPIECE, AND REISSUE KLUSON™ TUNERS, ALL IN AGED NICKEL.
AGED, VINTAGE CORRECT PICKGUARD, BINDING, AND TOP-HAT KNOBS.
COLLECTOR’S CHOICE #13 1959 LES PAUL “SPOONFUL BURST”
A DETAIL-PERFECT RECREATION OF AN ICONIC LES PAUL
|Top||Unique Figured Maple|
|Back||1-Piece Genuine Mahogany|
|Binding||Single-ply Cream Binding on Top|
|Species||Genuine Mahogany Neck with a Maple Spline|
|Truss Rod||Reissue Truss Rod|
|Joint Angle||4° (+/- 15 seconds)|
|Joint||Mortise & Tenon|
|Adhesive||Hot Hide Glue|
|Joint Angle Tolerance||+/- .005″|
|Inlays||Nitrocellulose Trapezoid Inlays|
|Slots||Gibson PLEK System|
|Inlay||Holly Headstock with ‘Gibson’ Pearl Logo|
|Truss Rod Cover||Vintage|
|Model||Reissue Kluson™ Deluxe “Green Keys|
|Type||Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar|
|Knobs||Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers|
|Toggle Switch Washer||Cream with Gold Silkscreen|
|Pickup Mounting Rings||Cream|
|Control Plate Cover||Black|
|Strings||.010 – .046|
|Neck Position||Custom Bucker
|Bridge Position||Custom Bucker
2 Tone Controls
|Toggle Switch||Three-Way with Vintage Toggle Cap|
|Output Jack||Traditional ¼”|