A stunning re-creation of Ed King’s own remarkable ’59 burst! The Gibson Collector’s Choice #16 1959 Les Paul Redeye Electric Guitar is crafted by Gibson Custom and captures the remarkable looks, rich tone and feel that is ‘one of the most well-rounded examples of a rare ’59 burst as they have ever had the pleasure to re-create.’
Ed King is the co-writer of the southern-rock classic ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ and has been played on countless gigs and recording sessions with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock. His ’59 Les Paul has been by his side every step of the way. Now with the extremely limited Collector’s Choice 16 Les Paul, collectors and Gibson enthusiasts can own one of the most stunning ever made by Gibson Custom!
Gibson Collectors Choice 16 1959 Les Paul Redeye Features
- One-piece Mahogany back with unique figured Maple top
- Bound Rosewood fingerboard with nitrocellulose trapezoid inlays
- Zebra Burstbucker #3 and CustomBucker pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Nickel plated ABR-1 bridge with lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece
- Kluson Deluxe single band tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
- Very limited run of up to 300 hand-aged and meticulously crafted instruments
In addition to embodying the full aesthetic and sonic glory of this pristine Les Paul, Collector’s Choice #16 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 the guitar’s back, neck, and sides.
Further period-correct details include 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 #16 is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight mahogany with a 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 profile taken from close measurement of the original guitar. It’s topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard featuring aged cellulose trapezoid inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
The original PAF humbucking pickups are a crucial part of the burst tone in any original late-’50s Les Paul, and to make those loaded into Collector’s Choice #16 Redeye Les Paul as authentic as possible, Gibson Custom carefully studied and measured every intricate spec of the originals.
A BurstBucker 3 made with an Alnico magnet is the perfect match for the neck pickup in Ed’s guitar, while a Custom Bucker with Alnico III magnet has been wound to match the bridge pickup. They are routed through the traditional control knob complement and three-way switch, with Bumble Bee tone capacitors.
Period-correct hardware graces Collector’s Choice #16, including reissue Kluson Deluxe green-key tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, all nickel-plated. The binding retains the accurate vintage color, as do the pickup rings and pickguard, and the guitar carries a traditional black/white bell truss-rod cover.