The Gibson Collector’s Choice #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul Electric Guitar is a breathtaking re-creation of the 1958 Les Paul played extensively by Kentucky Headhunters guitarist Greg Martin! The character in its tone, feel and look is unmatched thanks to its luscious faded ‘dirty lemon’ finish, PAF Custom Buckers and a ’58 profile neck that is an exact match of the original. For collectors and Gibson enthusiasts, the Collector’s Choice 15 Great Martin 1958 Les Paul is an exciting addition to any arsenal.
Gibson Collectors Choice 15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul Features
- One-piece Mahogany back with lightly figured Maple top
- Rosewood fingerboard with nitrocellulose trapezoid inlays
- Pair of custom-wound Custom Bucker pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Nickel plated ABR-1 bridge with lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece
- Kluson Deluxe Nickel Reissue Green Key tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
- Very limited run of up to 300 hand-aged and meticulously crafted instruments
Gibson Custom, with close cooperation from Greg Martin, painstaking analyzed the original guitar to capture to capture even the smallest details. The precise neck shape (a rounded, but not overly clubby, ’58 profile that has been scanned and duplicated for an exact match); the precise top carve, along with precise renditions of every critical angle and curve.
To capture that essential burst tone, Gibson’s pickup specialists have performed exhaustive testing of the originals to design a pair of custom-wound Custom Bucker PAF reproductions (with Alnico III magnets) that capture every nuance of these classic pickups.
In addition to essentially cloning the full aesthetic and sonic glory of this pristine Les Paul, Collector’s Choice #15, like all 2013 Gibson Custom reissues, also features Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Historic Specifications, which bring the Custom Shop reproductions closer to the real thing than ever before. These specs include a single-layer rosewood fingerboard, hot hide glue neck joint, accurate fingerboard and body binding color, accurate truss rod assembly, and genuine aniline dye.
Further period-correct details grace the neck’s nylon 6/6 nut, holly headstock face with pearl Gibson logo, reissue Kluson Deluxe green-key tuners, ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge with lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, reproduction Bumble Bee tone caps, and more.
Body and Neck
The body of Collector’s Choice #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight mahogany topped with a lightly figured, hand-selected maple top that emulates the look of the original guitar. The neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the precise ’58 profile taken from exact measurement of the original guitar. It is topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with aged cellulose trapezoid inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
The original PAF humbuckers are a crucial part of the burst tone in any original late-’50s Les Paul. To make the pickups loaded into Collector’s Choice #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul as authentic as possible, Gibson Custom carefully studied and measured every intricate spec of the originals, to replicate them as a pair of Custom Buckers. Made with Alnico III magnets, with coils scatter-wound to accurate specs and wax potted, these are as close as you’ll come to the real thing. They’re followed by the traditional control knob complement and three-way switch, with bumble bee tone capacitors.
Period-correct hardware graces the Collector’s Choice #15, including reissue Kluson Deluxe green-key tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, all nickel plated. The binding is all the accurate vintage color, as are the pickup rings and pickguard, and the guitar carries a traditional black/white bell truss-rod cover.
Cases and Coverage
Each guitar will include a silkscreened brown Custom Shop hardshell case and owner’s manual, a Custom Shop Collector’s Choice #15 leather-bound trifold Certificate of Authenticity, and is backed by Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty with 24/7/365 Customer Service.