The only major change made to the Les Paul Standard in 1959 was the addition of wider, fatter jumbo frets, which facilitated wider bends. In the late 1960s, players like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, and Peter Green began to discover and capitilize on the fat, warm voice of this '59 Standard. This moment in history marked the beginning of the idealization of the '59 Les Paul as the Holy Grail of guitars. Features include a figured maple top, 1959 Rounded neck, Burstbucker humbuckers, tulip tuners and a Custom Shop case.
BurstBucker Pickups give guitarists replica sounds from Gibson’s original Patent Applied For pickups - the pickups that give the ’59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. The BurstBuckers - all with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, like the originals - represent the variations found among vintage Gibson humbuckers.
- BurstBucker 1: Slightly underwound, with medium vintage output, and works well in both bridge and neck positions.
- BurstBucker 2): Wound in the range of Gibson’s '57 Classic, with slightly hotter vintage output than the BurstBucker 1, and works well in the bridge position with a BurstBucker 1 in the neck position.
The initial demand for Patent Applied For replica pickups came from Japanese collectors, and the BurstBucker was offered exclusively in Japan beginning in 1996. By 1999 word has spread of the unique replica tones produced by BurstBuckers. Gibson USA put the first BurstBuckers on a production model with the Gary Moore Signature Les Paul in the Summer of 2000, and Gibson’s Custom division then equipped the Class 5 Les Paul, Custom Authentic '68 Les Paul Custom and Custom Authentic '58 Les Paul Standard models with BurstBuckers.
ONLY A GIBSON IS GOOD ENOUGH
A Gibson guitar creates an emotional connection to music, to culture, to life - future as well as past – that no other gift can offer. It will undoubtedly be one of the most important gifts you will ever give.
For any guitar buyer – from the first-time beginner to the experienced professional – there are many issues to consider and questions to be answered.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Is Gibson a popular brand?
Gibson has had a reputation for the highest quality instruments for over 100 years, and the Gibson name is known and respected around the world. Gibsons are played by the most influential musicians in every genre of popular music. Gibson is the only company that has made industry-standard models in every type of fretted instrument (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.). A Gibson is the instrument that everyone aspires to own.
What are the differences between the lower- and higher-priced
The higher models typically have more expensive aesthetic features (such as fancier inlays or highly figured wood grains) and more complicated manufacturing processes (such as the contoured top of the Les Paul Standard). The basic elements that define Gibson quality and performance – pickups, neck design, etc. – are present in every Gibson, regardless of price.
What about value? Is a Gibson really worth it?
Every Gibson comes with a lifetime guarantee, and with proper care, it will outlive several owners. And it will never go out of style or become obsolete. Most of today’s Gibson models originated in the 1950s and 1960s, and they are more popular today than ever.
Which Gibson is the right one?
Most Gibson models have a strong association with specific artists and musical genres. If you can answer the questions Who is his favorite guitarist?
or What is his favorite kind of music?
then finding the right Gibson will be easy.
What else will I need to buy?
An acoustic Gibson is ready to play right out of the case. An electric guitar needs an amplifier and a cord. Amplifiers come in all sizes and prices, starting with lightweight, portable, inexpensive practice amps. A case is included in the price of the guitar. Additional enhancements to a gift package might include picks, strap, guitar stand, tuner, extra set of strings and polish.
Gibson's designs have become true classics. The Gibson Les Paul, SG, ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, and Blueshawks are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles.
Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, Ace Frehley, Joe Perry, Angus Young, Gary Moore and Nikki Sixx.
Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar.
American Musical Supply - an Authorized Gibson Internet Retailer
AmericanMusical.com has been selected as one of Gibson's very few Authorized Internet Retail Sites in the United States.
As one of these select few Internet sites, AMS offers an unparalleled selection of all of Gibson’s premium brands, all
covered by Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty – only available from Authorized Gibson retailers.
Gibson is recognized as one of the most respected guitar builders in the world. AMS is proud to have a decades-long history
with them and honored that Gibson has chosen us to bring their world-class instruments to you. Look for more new product
announcements, special events and promotions in the coming months.
Gibson - Pure.