Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2

Launched in the spring of 2010, Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ ’59 Les Paul series focuses on meticulous recreations of rare and specific existing examples from the extremely short run of Les Paul Standards produced in 1959.

The second model produced in this series, serial number 9-0629 (aka “Goldie”) is an instrument that presents several of the most desirable aspects of these highly sought-after electric guitars. Crafted with close analysis of the original by Gibson Custom, including digital scanning and measurement from every conceivable perspective, “Goldie” totally embodies the spirit of the Collector’s Choice™ series by recreating this original individual ’59 Les Paul in as near-to-perfect detail as is humanly possible.

As such, the instrument presents a rare opportunity for players and collectors alike: a precise reincarnation of the look, tone, and feel of one of the world’s most elusive electric guitars. Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2 will be reproduced in strictly limited numbers, with all guitars sent to world-renowned guitar-aging artist Tom Murphy for hand aging.

Gibson 1959 Les Paul "Goldie" CC#2

Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2 is an exciting opportunity not only because it is such a gorgeous Les Paul, but also because its ownership is extremely well documented, with only the first few years of its existence after heading from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory to its first owner near Deer Park, Texas, remaining slightly hazy. Having resurfaced in the early ’80s at one of the first Dallas guitar shows, “Goldie” has graced the collections of several noted burst aficionados including Vic Da Pra and Tom Wittrock, the guitar is currently in the care of an anonymous collector and on loan to Gibson Custom.

The guitar has also been extremely well cared for in its 52 years on this planet, suffering some of the minor nicks and dings that all well-played instruments experience in half a century of use—all precisely recreated by Tom Murphy’s hand aging—but no breaks, repairs, or modifications. Also, this ’59 Les Paul Standard’s finish has naturally mellowed to a sweet, rich, golden “unburst,” a luscious deep “green lemon” amber tone at the center with just a hint of darkening around the edges, giving it a look that many collectors adore.

To precisely recreate the appearance of the original in the top of Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2,” Gibson Custom has hand selected figured maple with a broad, elegant flame and “slip matched” the two pieces to present the same degrees of depth and dimension. Hand-finished in nitrocellulose lacquer and hand aged, this top is partnered by a light one-piece mahogany back which has faded to match the original’s soft, mellow reddish-brown.

The playing feel of Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2 is ensured by a precise analysis of the neck profile of the original 1959 Les Paul Standard upon which it is based, and its perfect recreation in the one-piece quarter-sawn mahogany neck of this Custom Shop creation. The result is a gorgeously rounded late-’50s profile that measures approximately .900″ at the 1st fret and .990″ at the 12th. The rosewood fingerboard is bound in vintage-accurate and aged plastic, as is the body top, and a genuine nylon 6/6 nut and vintage-style tuners with single-band green keys grace the headstock.

To recreate the tone of this rare Les Paul, Gibson Custom has selected a Burstbucker 1 for the bridge position and Burstbucker 3 for the neck, a pairing that accurately reflects the mismatch in output that was often found in original PAF sets. Together, they present a woody, throaty tone from the neck, and impressive chime and clarity from the bridge. All in all, Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2 is a total delight in sound, feel, and appearance, and the closest many players and collectors are ever likely to get to owning an actual 52-year-old 1959 Les Paul Standard.

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Body

  • Top: Unique Figured Eastern Maple
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Binding: Cream
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond

 

Headstock

  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Logo: Les Paul Signature
  • Truss Rod Cover: Back Antique Bell Shaped
  • Angle: 17 Degrees

 

Pickups

  • Neck Position: Burstbucker I (Alnico II magnet)
  • Bridge Position: Burstbucker III (Alnico II magnet)

 

Neck

  • Species: Genuine Mahogany with Maple Spline
  • Profile: CC#2 Profile
  • Truss Rod: Traditional
  • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond

 

Tuners

  • Model: Gotoh Nickel Reissue Green Key
  • Tuning Ratio: 12:01

 

Electronics

  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 500k Audio Taper
  • Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Three-Way with White Toggle Cap
  • Output Jack: Traditional ¼”

 

Neck Fit

  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005″

 

Bridge

  • Type: ABR-1 with Retainer Wire
  • Plating: Nickel

 

Fingerboard

  • Species: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Radius: 12″
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
  • Binding: Cream
  • Inlays: Aged Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots

 

Finish

  • Sealer: Ntrocellulose Lacquer

 

Tailpiece

  • Type: Stop Bar
  • Plating: Nickel

 

Nut

  • Material: Nylon
  • Width: 1.687
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System

 

Hardware

  • Knobs: Gold Top Hats with with Dial Pointers
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Screenprint
  • Pickguard: Cream Reissue
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
  • Control Plate Cover: Black
  • Strings: .010 – .046, Vintage Strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum

 

Case

  • Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
  • Case Exterior: Black Pleather
  • Case Interior: Red Fur
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Of course, nothing that we or a video can say will be better than going to your local music shop and see and feel and test a Gibson 1959 Les Paul “Goldie” CC#2 by yourself, nothing can be better than your own judgement. With our review, we try to help you make a decision but we always advise you to try the guitar by yourself before buying.



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