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Gibson Don Felder Hotel California 1959 Les Paul VOS with Case

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The 1976 mega-hit single Hotel California is named on virtually every reputable list of greatest guitar solos that has ever been published. The whole truth is, though, that the entire Hotel California album is rife with scorching guitar work from both newcomer Joe Walsh and Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder - and Felder played all of his solos on one outstanding instrument: a 1959 Les Paul Standard.

All VOS model Gibsons are given an aged appearance by enduring unique staining, wet-sanding, and hand-rubbing processes. The result of these methods creates a visually stunning reflection of a well-cared for 50-year-old Gibson.

Gibson Don Felder Hotel California 1959 Les Paul VOS Features

  • Gibson's rounded '59 neck profile
  • Solid Mahogany body with carved maple top
  • Burstbucker 1 in Bridge, Burstbucker 2 in neck
  • 22 Fret Rosewood fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid Inlays
  • Vintage Kluson-style green-button tuners
Hired by the Eagles in 1974 to help the band make the transition from country-rock to a heavier, rock-based sound, Felder brought it on in spades, and the tone he selected to do the job is unmistakably Les Paul - fat, creamy and singing. In order to bring that sound, feel and look to a select group of players and collectors today, Gibson Custom offers the Don Felder Hotel California 1959 Les Paul, an instrument created in the image of Felder's original 1959 'Burst in strictly limited quantities. Only 150 guitars are being made given Gibson's VOS treatment, each includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity to record its status for posterity. 

VOS versions present the gently aged look and feel of a vintage instrument. All are made with period-correct specs and components, including a pair of Gibson's most accurate reproduction PAF pickups, and finished in a uniquely tinted and faded Felder Burst finish, formulated exclusively for this guitar. As rare and desirable as all 'Bursts are, this limited run recreates one of the greatest, and a big slice of tone history.

Custom Shop VOS Guitars
Gibson has been producing solid body electric guitars for 55 years. Of course, the most famous of these guitars is the legendary Les Paul. In 2006 the Gibson Custom Shop released its Vintage Original Spec (VOS) series in honor of the instruments that have literally shaped the face of music today. The series consists of a 1956 Les Paul Gold Top; a ’57 Les Paul Junior Singlecut; a ’57 Gold Top in plain and darkback; ’57 Customs in 2 and 3 pickup versions; ’58 Junior Double Cut; ’58 Plain Top; ’59 Les Paul Sunburst reissue; ’60 Les Paul Reissue; ’60 Les Paul Specials in Single and Double Cut; an SG Standard Reissue; and an SG Custom 3 pickup Reissue.

The production of these instruments is the culmination of 20 years of experience producing handmade Gibson Custom guitars. We primarily took on the challenge of re-creating the 3 most vital aspects of these legendary instruments: Look, Playability, and most of all Tone.

In order to accurately reproduce the Look of vintage Gibsons, the Custom Shop uses a combination of faithful adherence to our history and proprietary new processes and inventions. The hardware is left to soak in a special solution that transforms a brand new pick-up cover into a gently used historic jewel. The plastic and binding are painstakingly hand aged to provide that warm yellowed look that takes decades to occur in nature. Vintage accurate wood fillers, anodized dies and a 100% nitro-cellulose lacquer finishes are all expertly applied to create exacting reproductions of Gibson’s Gold Tops, Cherry’s, TV’s and, of course, famous Sunbursts. However, at a special point during the final buffing process, VOS guitars are treated to an application of Gibson’s secret and proprietary Magic Tone Oil. This oil is left to cure for a few days, and the result is that unmistakable lightly worn but still gorgeous appearance of a well cared for 50 year old guitar.

It is in the remarkable Playability of these instruments that we have really outdone ourselves. Each neck is literally hand rolled to replicate with amazing authenticity the 3 most notable neck profiles in Gibson history – the 50’s style, the ’59, and the 1960 neck shape. The binding is also hand addressed to provide maximum comfort and playing surface. Finally, using another piece of technology for which Gibson has exclusivity for production instruments, the nut and frets are meticulously crowned and leveled while the neck is at a tension that simulates the tension a set of strings would put on it. This amazing process produces the hardest aspect of a vintage Gibson to recreate – that soft, played in feel. Nearly impossible to describe with words, you will know exactly what I am talking about when you pick up a VOS guitar.

Finally, it all comes down to Tone, that elusive, essential piece of the puzzle that all guitar players and guitar builders chase, but few ever realize. The tone of any instruments is a result of the sum of all of its parts. By utilizing historically accurate materials such as one piece mahogany backs (never bookmatched or weight relieved – they are lighter because we start with lighter wood), an accurate long neck tenon (part of the neck that connects with the body providing support and sustain) painstakingly handwound single coil and humbucking (a Gibson invention by the way) pickups, and that pure, breathable nitro-cellulose finish we can assemble the pieces of superior tone. But it takes the loving hands, the years of experience, and the undeniable mojo of the Gibson Custom Shop to pull off something like this. The VOS series are the finest vintage instruments being produced today. Bar none. Ask anybody who has played one.

As always with Gibson's Custom Shop guitars, you will experience an instrument that faithfully recreates our most sought-after classics - down to the smallest details.



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Product Specifications
Gibson Don Felder Hotel California 1959 Les Paul VOS Specifications
  • Body
    • Top: 2-Piece Figured Maple
    • Back: 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
    • Binding: .04, Cream
    • Body Type: Non-Chambered
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Neck
    • Species: Mahogany with Maple Spline
    • Profile: Rounded small '59
    • Truss Rod: Traditional
    • Joint Angle: 4* (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Mortise and Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 in.
  • Fingerboard
    • Species: Rosewood
    • Frets: 22
    • Radius: 12 in.
    • E.O.B: 2.062
    • Inlays: Aged Acrylic Trapezoid
    • Binding: .04, cream
    • Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots
  • Nut
    • Material: Bone
    • Width: 1.687
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
    • Inlay: Mother of Pearl
    • Logo: '59 Reissue, .040 holly with Gibson Logo
    • Truss Rod Cover: Gibson Bell Shaped Molded
    • Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Tuners
    • Model: Vintage Kluson-style with Green Keystone Buttons
    • Tuning Ratio: 12:01
  • Bridge
    • Type: Tune-o-matic
    • Material: Zinc
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Tailpiece
    • Type: Stop Bar
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Plating:Chrome
  • Hardware
    • Knobs: Gold Top Hats
    • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    • Strings: .010 - .046, Vintage Strings
    • Pickguard: Cream
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum Strap Buttons
  • Pickups
    • Neck Position: Burstbucker 2
    • Bridge Position: Burstbucker 1
    • Magnet Material: Alnico II
  • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    • Type: 500k Audio Taper
    • Capacitors: .022mF Bumblebee
    • Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    • Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Three-way with Cream Toggle Cap
    • Output Jack: 1/4 in. Switchcraft
  • Finish
    • Color: Felder Burst
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer VOS
  • Case
    • Type: Custom Shop
    • Case Exterior: Pleather Silkscreened with Don's Signature
    • Case Interior: Maroon Crushed Velvet
  • Accessories Included
    • Certificate of Authenticity: Custom Shop Felder COA
    • Owners Manual Literature Lifetime Warranty Information


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Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
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