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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Les Paul 1959 Historic Vintage Sunburst, 2009


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The Gibson Les Paul 1959 Historic aims to be an accurate re-creation of the classic and influential 1959 Les Paul Standard. The Les Paul model was introduced in 1952, but was not particularly successful.

In 1958, the line was updated to include Gibson’s new humbucking pickups, and sunburst finishes instead of Black (the Custom) or the Gold Top. The shift to sunburst, a translucent finish, meant that the Maple top had to be a higher grade. The rest of the guitar was the same – Maple cap on a Mahogany slab body, with Mahogany for the neck and Rosewood for the fingerboard.

This Gibson Les Paul 1959 Historic dates to 2009 and is in overall very good condition. It has been played – which sometimes seems unusual for these spectacular models – and has light scuffing to the back finish. Fret wear is light, and the guitar plays well. The original jack plate cracked, a typical occurrence, and has been replaced; the original is in the case.   This model uses period-correct ‘Bumblebee’ capacitors for the tone controls. 

This is also known as an R9, for Reissue 1959.  There’s an R9 stamp in the control cavity. 

The original Gibson hard shell case, with the Certificate of Authenticity and other materials, is included.

Here is the builder on the Gibson Les Paul 1959 Historic:

The Holy Grail 1959 is widely considered to be the pinnacle year for Gibson’s mid-century solid body electric guitars, and no 1959 Gibson model is more famous than the sunburst Les Paul Standard. At first a commercial failure, the model was eventually adopted by some the world’s greatest guitarists – Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Billy Gibbons, to name a few. The rarity and celebrity association of the model has pushed the values of original examples into the stratosphere.

Gibson Custom’s 1959 Les Paul Standard is a painstakingly-accurate replica of these highly-valuable guitars rendered in detail so intricate that even the chemical composition of the parts has been scientifically examined and re-engineered – and that’s just one small example.

Sonically, visually, and tactilely, owning a 2018 Gibson Custom Historic ’59 Les Paul Standard is as close as one can get to owning a priceless original. Available in four beautiful sunburst variations in Gloss or VOS (vintage patina, shown) finishes. Left-handed models available as well.”


Price: $4,500.00 CAD
  • Model: Les Paul 1959 Historic
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Maple Leaf Burst
  • Class: Used
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 06/09/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.53lbs 3.88kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.69in 43mm
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