The Gibson Custom Collectors Choice 11 1959 Les Paul Rosie Electric Guitar is a magnificent recreation of perhaps the best-preserved vintage Les Paul ever encountered by Gibson Custom! Through intimate and painstaking study of the original guitar, Gibson Custom has crafted the Collector’s Choice #11 1959 Les Paul ‘Rosie’ with all the tiny details of the look, feel and tone of the original. For serious players and collectors, it really doesn’t get better than this recreation of a pristine 1959 burst Les Paul!
The distinct neck shape on Rosie is a late-’50s ‘soft V’ that has been scanned and duplicated for an exact match. The precise top carve, along with precise renditions of every critical angle and curve are also exactly matched. Gibson Custom uses a pair of custom-wound Custom Bucker PAF pickups designed, engineered, and built based on extensive testing of the originals, capturing that essential burst tone. A very limited run of up to 300 hand-aged and meticulously crafted instruments will be made by Gibson Custom.
Gibson Collectors Choice #11 1959 Les Paul Rosie 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
- Bumble Bee tone caps for vintage-accurate tonality
- Nickel plated, lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece with ABR-1 bridge
- Kluson Deluxe Green Key Tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
- Limited run of only 300 being made by Gibson Custom
In addition to capturing the full aesthetic and sonic glory of this pristine Les Paul, Rosie also features Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Historic Specifications. These specs include a single-layer rosewood fingerboard, hot hide glue neck joint, accurate fingerboard and body binding color, historically accurate truss rod assembly, and genuine aniline red dye for he guitar’s back, neck, and sides.
Further period-correct details are found in the neck’s nylon 6/6 nut, holly headstock face with pearl Gibson logo, reissue Kluson Deluxe green-key single-band tuners, ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge with lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, Bumble Bee tone caps, and more. For players and collectors seeking the look, feel, and tone of an original ‘59 Les Paul Standard, these details help to make Collector’s Choice #11 1959 Les Paul Rosie an unparalleled guitar.
Body and Neck
The body of Collector’s Choice #11 1959 Les Paul Rosie guitar is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight Grade-A mahogany topped with a lightly figured maple top hand selected to emulate the look of the original guitar. The neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the precise ’59 ‘soft V’ profile taken from close measurement of Rosie herself, topped with a one-piece dark rosewood fingerboard with aged cellulose parallelogram inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
The original PAF humbuckers are an important part of the burst tone in any original late-’50s Les Paul, and to make those loaded into Collector’s Choice #11 1959 Les Paul Rosie 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 left unpotted, these are as close as you’ll come to the real thing. They are routed through the traditional control knobs and three-way switch, with ‘bumble bee’ tone caps.
Period-correct hardware graces the Collector’s Choice #11 1959 Les Paul Rosie, 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, a Custom Shop Collector’s Choice #11 leather-bound trifold Certificate of Authenticity, and Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
The Original ‘Rosie’
While all Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960 are exceedingly rare, finding one in such stunningly original condition in the hands of only its second owner is simply a breathtaking experience. In addition to her lineage, Rosie has obviously seen very little sunlight in her time, and fully retains her original and unfaded dark cherry finish like few other vintage Les Pauls.
As her current owner, an anonymous collector, puts it: ‘She’s pristine—one of the only ’59s I’ve seen that has the prototypical dark cherry sunburst from the latter part of 1959, with very little fade. She also has that quintessential ’burst tone that I’ve looked for all my life
While some examples from earlier in 1959 have a more raspberry tinge and others a lighter cherry, ‘Rosie’ represents the deeper, richer color that became the standard. She also has very little wear, with only minor checking and few, if any, noticeable dings.