Gibson Introduces Collector's Choice 30

Les Paul 'Gabby' recreates a well-preserved 1959 'burst Les Paul   19-Dec-14

Gibson Introduces Collector's Choice 30

Gibson Custom has released Collector's Choice #30 1959 Les Paul "Gabby". They say that selected matching figured maple, a digitally scanned neck shape and dish carve, accurate PAF repros, and gentle hand aging re-create an unusually well-preserved Burst. This is the story in Gibson's own words... 

An encounter with a genuine '59 Les Paul is breathtaking on any occasion, but when it's a genuine one-owner 'Burst like this one the experience is almost too intense for words. Loved and carefully played by its original owner for nearly five decades, this stunning Les Paul popped up in 2008 when the owner contacted Gibson. Gibson consulted noted Burst aficionado Vic DaPra–who just had to have it. Ultimately, Vic passed this gem along to an anonymous Texas collector, known for his generous entrustment of his prized collection to a network of active players. Now Gibson Custom brings you Collector's Choice™ #30 1959 Les Paul aka "Gibson Appraisal Burst/Gabby", a detail-perfect re-creation of one of the best preserved 'Bursts ever known. From its rich Cherry Red finish that remains remarkably strong and unfaded, to its gorgeously three-dimensional figured maple top with minimal playing wear, to its precise neck shape and top carve–and the Custom Buckers that accurately re-create its original PAFs–this is as close as you can possibly come to owning an immaculate vintage '59 Les Paul. Gabby will be produced in a Limited Edition of up to 300 guitars, as qualifying materials allow.


  • Body: Hand selected distinctly figured maple top and lightweight, one-piece mahogany body, lightly hand-aged to match the original.
  • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany neck with a '59 profile taken from scans of the original, with one-piece rosewood fingerboard with cellulose inlays.
  • Finish: Strong cherry "Appraisal Burst" top, aniline dye back and sides.
  • Electronics: Custom Buckers with Alnico III magnets to re-create the original PAFs. Individual volume and tone controls with "bumble bee" capacitors and a three-way switch.
  • Hardware: Period correct Tune-o-matic bridge, lightweight aluminum tailpiece, and reissue Kluson™ tuners, all in aged nickel.
  • Plastics: Aged vintage correct pickguard, binding, pickup rings, and gold top-hat knobs.
  • Accessories: Hardshell case with trifold Certificate of Authenticity.

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