The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Standard Reissue Electric Guitar is an impeccable reissue of one of the most revered and desired guitars ever produced. The 1960 Les Paul Standard Reissue is expertly crafted using a solid mahogany body and carved maple top along with its quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint. Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary specifications including Kluson Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, and Custom Buckers give this reissue an incredible look, feel and tone.
The Gibson Custom Shop diligently studied vintage instruments, construction methods and materials used to get this reissue right. The end result is nothing short of one of the best guitar Gibson Custom has ever produced. The 1960 Les Paul Standard Reissue also features Gibson’s proprietary VOS process, which yields a gently worn look and feel.
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Standard Reissue Features
- Accurate vintage color fingerboard and body binding is a darker cream color to match the original
- Custom Bucker Pickups are Gibson’s most accurate recreation of the original 50's PAF pickups
- Hide Glue Neck fit which many argue has a different tone than synthetic glue
- Kluson Deluxe Green Keys are as near a replica of the original Kluson tuners as is available
- Aniline Dye results in superior wood grain presentation and depth of color
Gibson Custom’s new Custom Bucker accurately recreates the original PAFs of the late ’50s, using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic PAF bite. These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar’s volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing woman tone when you roll back the tone controls. To top it all off, the 1960 Les Paul Standard Reissue plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson’s state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.
Burst Les Paul History
Gibson first added a Cherry Sunburst finish to the Les Paul in 1958 in an effort to revive waning sales. The following year, these guitars began to be built with more highly-figured maple tops, as well as gaining a somewhat slimmer (yet still rounded) neck profile and ‘Jumbo’ frets. Mid way through 1960, the Les Paul was given a thinner, flatter neck shape, beloved of many a rocker for its comfort and speed, and new gold ‘top hat’ control knobs with silver metal inserts and pointer rings.
In addition, in 1960 Gibson changed the pigment in its Cherry Sunburst finish to a brighter, fade-resistant red, creating a sunburst that survived in more vivid color over the years, a variant known in some circles as ‘Tangerine’ sunburst. The new finish, along with the continued use of maple tops with ‘flamed’ and ‘tiger-striped’ patterns, resulted in some of the most visually appealing Bursts of the era, beautifully represented in the 1960 Les Paul Standard VOS.