GIBSON COLLECTOR’S CHOICE 12 # 141

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Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series recreates specific vintage Les Pauls held in notable collections to provide players around the world the opportunity to experience the precise look, feel, and tone of some of the rarest guitars in history. All Les Pauls selected for the series are extremely special, but Collector’s Choice™ #12 has a special place in our hearts because the original 1957 Goldtop is owned by none other than Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Brands and the man who rescued perhaps the most beloved American guitar maker from near extinction. Regardless of its owner, however, this sublime ’57 Les Paul is an outstanding example of its breed and a guitar worthy of recreation by any measure. With a sweet, thick, mellow tone–the epitome of the irresistible “gently aged Goldtop” look–and a slightly “cheeky,” rounded neck profile that nails every guitar fan’s dream of the perfect ’50s playing feel, it’s a Les Paul that will take player and collector straight to that hallowed year and most prized rendition of the Les Paul Goldtop.

The Collector’s Choice™ #12 1957 Les Paul Goldtop has been crafted based on unrestricted hands-on analysis of the original guitar, and with the full cooperation of its current owner (…well, his office is just down the hall). The guitar’s two Custom Bucker S pickups have been recreated to the exact specs and materials of the original PAFs in Mr. Juszkiewicz’s guitar, and exhibit a slightly lighter wind than average, resulting in outstanding definition and clarity, yet plenty of thickness and body. Its archetypal Goldtop finish has that characteristic slight greening caste within its bronze and subtle darkening in the lacquer checks and wear patterns, with hand aging by Gibson Custom to precisely match the look of #7-3939 as it stands today. Collector’s Choice™ #12 is offered in a run of up to 300 guitars, with the availability of qualifying materials determining the ultimate number, so reserve yours today at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.

Gold Rush

One-piece mahogany body and carved maple top to assure legendary Les Paul tone.


Pickups

Two Custom Bucker S pickups recreate the sweet, mellow tone of the low-wind original PAF humbuckers.


Tune up

Nickel-plated Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar for clarity and sustain.


Neck

Slightly “cheeky”, full, rounded profile contributes to the optimum ’50s neck feel.


Ageing Gracefully

Hand aged by Gibson Custom to match every minor ding, scuff, and check of the original.


Case Closed

Protection courtesy of plush-lined hardshell case, with Certificate of Authenticity.


Body

TopUnique Plain Maple
BackGenuine Mahogany
BindingCream Reissue
AdhesiveFranklin Titebond

Body


 

Neck

SpeciesMahogany Neck/Maple Spline
Truss RodReissue Truss Rod
Joint Angle4° (+/- 15 seconds)

Neck


 Neck Fit

JointMortise & Tenon
AdhesiveHot Hide Glue
Joint Angle Tolerance+/- .005″

Neck Fit


 

Fingerboard

SpeciesIndian Rosewood
Radius12″
BindingCream Reissue
InlaysNitrocellulose Trapezoid
Nut/E.O.B1.687 / 2.062
AdhesiveHot Hide Glue

Fingerboard


 

Nut

MaterialNylon
Width1.687
SlotsGibson PLEK System

Nut


 

Headstock

InlayReissue, Holly with Gibson Pearl Inlay
Truss Rod CoverVintage
Angle17 Degrees

Headstock


 

Tuners

ModelKluson Deluxe
Tuning Ratio12:01
PlatingNickel / Aged

Tuners


 

Bridge

TypeABR
PlatingNickel

Bridge


 

Tailpiece

TypeAluminum Stop Bar
PlatingNickel

Bridge


 

Hardware

PickguardReissue Cream
KnobsGold Top Hats
Toggle Switch WasherCream Toggle Washer
Pickup Mounting RingsCream
Strings.010 – .046
Strap ButtonsAluminum

Hardware


 

Pickups

Neck PositionCustom Bucker
Bridge PositionCustom Bucker

Pickups


 

Electronics

Potentiometers2 Volume Controls
2 Tone Controls
CapacitorsBumble Bee
Toggle SwitchThree-Way
Output JackTraditional ¼”

Electronics


 

Finish

SealerNitrocellulose Lacquer

Aged Goldtop


 

Case

TypeCustom Shop, Brown with Red Fur

Additional Materials

Certificate of AuthenticityYes
Additional MaterialsCustom Shop Case, Collector’s Choice Certificate of Authenticity, Extra Brown Plastic Switch Cover