The 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. Gibson Custom is extremely proud of the achievements you’ll find in Collector’s Choice #15, 1958 Les Paul Serial #8-6756, long the main squeeze of Kentucky Headhunters guitarist Greg Martin, and played on countless gigs and recording sessions. As such, it is a familiar voice among the most exalted tones in music today, and an unparalleled inspiration for a brilliantly crafted re-creation of a Les Paul that is flush with character in its tone, its feel, and its aesthetic. From the luscious, road-tested look of its faded “dirty lemon” finish, to the big, bold tone from a robust pairing of PAF pickups that Greg has woven into a Grammy Award-winning career, Collector’s Choice™ #15 is an exceptional guitar in every sense. Only through unfettered access to the original can Gibson Custom capture and reproduce these essential details—the neck shape, dish carve, finish, ageing, and tone—all of which are present in abundance in Collector’s Choice™ #15. In short, the result brings you the closest thing humanly possible to owning the original—if Greg would ever part with it.
Hand selected distinctly figured maple top and lightweight, one-piece mahogany body, hand-aged to match the original.
Glued-in mahogany neck with a distinctly rounded (but not clubby) ’58 profile of the original, one-piece rosewood fingerboard with cellulose inlays.
Lusciously faded Dirty Lemon burst finish, aged to match that of the original guitar.
Custom Buckers with Alnico III magnets to 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.
|Top||Lightly Figured Maple|
|Binding||Single-ply Cream Binding on Top|
|Species||Genuine Mahogany Neck with a Maple Spline|
|Truss Rod||Vintage Truss Rod Assembly|
|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||Reissue|
|Model||Kluson™ Deluxe Green Key|
|Type||Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece|
|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|
|Strap Buttons||Aluminum Gibson End Pins|
|Neck Position||Custom Bucker
|Bridge Position||Custom Bucker
|Potentiometers||2 Volume Controls
2 Tone Controls
|Toggle Switch||Three-Way with Vintage Toggle Cap|
|Output Jack||Traditional ¼”|
|Type||Custom Shop Hardshell|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Custom Shop Artist Certificate of Authenticity|
|Additional Materials||Each Collector’s Choice™ #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul comes with adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s limited lifetime warranty.|