The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

Gibson LPR8F Figured Western Desert Fade Stinger, 2011 / *No Longer Available*


Instrument Categories: , , ,

Here’s a thing of beauty – a Gibson LPR8F a Les Paul Reissue 1959 Figured Western Desert Fade with Stinger, built during 2011 in Nashville TN.

The Gibson LP8RF would commonly be referred to as an R8, and indeed there is an R8 marking in the control cavity. The construction generally follows the 1959 model, with a carved, figured and book-matched Maple top on a Mahogany slab body. The neck is Mahogany, with a bound Indian Rosewood fingerboard. A genuine 1958 would have a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard – so would a Melody Maker from the era – but Gibson stays away from embargoed woods. The head plate is a black-stained Holly veneer.

A set of Grover Roto-Matics are at the head, and at the body an ABR-1 and stop tailpiece set. The bridge, tailpiece and pickup covers have had a ‘satining’ treatment to the nickel plate. The electronics include a pair of Burstbucker pickups, and standard Gibson 50’s wiring including ‘Bumblebee’ capacitors.

In short form on some included shipping materials, this guitar is referred to as the Gibson LPR8F WDF Stinger. As mentioned, LPR8F stands for Les Paul Reissue 1958 Figured. The WDF expands to Western Desert Fade, and the Stinger refers to the black finish on the back of the head, coming to a ‘stinger’ point almost behind the first fret. This type of decoration was more often found on higher end Gibson archtops.

This is beautiful, well built piece. It looks great, and sounds fantastic. This guitar has been played, and shows light wear to the finish primarily on the back.

The original brown hard shell case is included, and contains the Certificate of Authenticity booklet, various hang tags, and a cutting from the original shipping carton that shows the model name and serial number.

Price: $5,950.00 CAD
  • Model: LPR8F
  • Year: 2011
  • Finish Western Desert Fade
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 8 1257, built during 2011 in Nashville TN
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 15/05/2023

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.284lbs 4.22kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.719in 43.65mm
Gibson Website

Contact The Twelfth Fret Regarding This Item


Guitarists’ Pro Shop
2132 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario  M4C 1J9 CANADA
○ Sales: +416•423•2132
○ Service: +416•423•1554