2018 Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Explorer, Clapton Cut, Natural, Heavy Aged, New with COA/OHSC!

This is a right handed 2018 Gibson Custom Shop Explorer, Extra/Elbow Cut, with a heavy aged relicing, Natural Finish, Gold plated Nickel hardware. This model is patterned after the 1958 Explorer owned by Eric Clapton. It is brand new with OHSC, COA, and all paperwork/tags. The weight is light at only 7 lbs, 12 oz. This is only one of a limited run of 5 in the Natural Finish. I also have the same guitar in Cherry finish, one of only 5 in the Cherry finish.

Model Background

So few 1958-1960 Explorers were ever made that sightings of these are rarer still. The most notable, however, is likely the ’58 acquired by Eric Clapton during a U.S. tour in 1974 from Alex Music in NYC. I saw Clapton during the 461 Ocean Blvd. tour of 1974 at the West Palm Beach International Raceway. I recall him playing this guitar – he played it for a few cuts before the weather turned bad(there were tornados in the area that day).

The guitar was used for several tracks on the album E.C. Was Here. Also seen draped around Clapton in a prominent Music Man amplifier catalog of the mid ’70s(see pic), this guitar apparently had been modified by a previous owner, who cut off a portion of the Explorer’s angular upper-rear bout.

Was $4995 Now $3995

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2018 Gibson Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, Brazilian Rosewood, New with OHSC/COA

This is a brand new Gibson R9 Les Paul, Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard, Vintage Cherry Sunburst, VOS, Nickel Hardware, great Les Paul weight: 8.5 lbs, perfect 59 neck profile and depth: .89/1st, .99/12th.

This was the nicest top of a small new production of Brazilian Rosewood R9s. Has all the nice features you want in an R9 Les Paul: Brazilian Rosewood, beautiful top, light weight, and comfortable neck. Brand new with OHSC, COA, and all tags/paperwork.

Was $8,500 Now $7795

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2018 Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Explorer, Clapton Cut, Cherry, Heavy Aged, New with COA/OHSC!

This is one of the coolest guitars to come out of the Gibson Custom Shop: 2018 Gibson Custom Shop Explorer, Extra/Elbow Cut, with a heavy aged relicing, Faded Cherry Finish, Gold plated Nickel hardware. This model is patterned after the 1958 Explorer owned by Eric Clapton. It is brand new with OHSC, COA, and all paperwork/tags. The weight is light at only 7 lbs, 12 oz. This is only one of a limited run of 5 in the Faded Cherry.

Model Background

So few 1958-1960 Explorers were ever made that sightings of these are rarer still. The most notable, however, is likely the ’58 acquired by Eric Clapton during a U.S. tour in 1974 from Alex Music in NYC. I saw Clapton during the 461 Ocean Blvd. tour of 1974 at the West Palm Beach International Raceway. I recall him playing this guitar – he played it for a few cuts before the weather turned bad(there were tornados in the area that day).

The guitar was used for several tracks on the album E.C. Was Here. Also seen draped around Clapton in a prominent Music Man amplifier catalog of the mid ’70s(see pic), this guitar apparently had been modified by a previous owner, who cut off a portion of the Explorer’s angular upper-rear bout.

Was $4,995 Now $3995

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2018 Gibson Historic 1959/R9 Les Paul, New with COA/OHSC, Magnificent Top!

This is a Brand New 2018 Left Handed R9 Les Paul, Royal Tea Burst, Gloss Finish, Nickel Hardware, Perfect Les Paul weight at 8.5 lbs.
If you’re in the market for an R9, it’s all about the top. This one has a stunning top, looks great from any angle or light – one of the best Les Paul tops I’ve ever had!
And it plays and sounds as good as it looks – R9s don’t get any better than this!

Model Description
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!

Body
Wood Species: Lightweight Solid Mahogany Body, 2 Piece Figured Maple Top, Hide Glue Fit
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck
Material: Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Profile: Authentic ’59 Medium C-Shape
Scale Length: 24.75″, 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material: Solid Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Number of Frets: 22
Frets: Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material: Nylon
Nut Width: 1.687″, 42.85mm
End of Board Width: 2.240″, 56.89mm
Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
Truss Rod: ’50s Tubeless

Hardware
Finish: Nickel
Bridge: ABR-1
Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum
Tuning Machines: Single Band Kluson Deluxe
Pick Guard: Replica Laminated Acrylic
Control Knobs: Replica Butyrate Gold Top Hats
Switch Tip: Replica Catalin
Switch Washer: Replica Acrylic
Jack Plate Cover: Replica Laminated Acrylic

Electronics
Neck Pickup: Custom bucker
Bridge Pickup: Custom bucker
Controls: 2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness with Bumblebee Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch

Accessories
Strings: 10-13-17-26-36-46
Case: Brown/Pink Lacquered ’50s Replica Case
Other: Die-Cast Switch Plate Medallion (w/ Extra Black Plastic Cover in the Case), Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity

Was $5,500 Now $4500

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1959 Gibson Les Paul Special, 100% Original, EXC+ Condition!

This is a Left Handed 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special, Double Cutaway, Cherry Finish, 2 P-90s, Wrap Bridge. This is an early 1959 model, and may be the earliest Left Handed Double Cutaway Les Paul Special in existence. The guitar is all original(except it comes in an early 70s Gibson hardshell case), and is in EXC+ condition.

As featured in the book of rare Lefty vintage guitars, Uncommon Sound, and Tony Bacon’s The Ultimate Guitar Book. 1959 – the pinnacle and holiest year for vintage Gibson guitars!

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1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom, Wine Red, 100% Original with OHSC, EXC Condition!

This is a 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom, Wine Red finish, Gold Hardware, Ebony fretboard. This was the 25th guitar made in the Kalamazoo, MI plant on September 14, 1979. The neck is on the slim side, with 1st fret/.82 and 12th fret/.95. The pickups are balanced with neck/7.67K and bridge/7.73K. The weight is on the lighter side for a 70s all-mahogany Custom: around 10 lbs on a bathroom scale. I’ve seen 70s customs heavier than 11 lbs! The headstock is marked “SECOND” on the back, which is usually a mystery stamp found on many really good older Gibsons based on my experience.

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2018 Gibson ES-335 Anchor Stud with Bigsby, Pelham Blue, New!

This is a brand new Gibson ES-335 Anchor Stud model in Aged Pelham Blue. This guitar was ordered back in December, and it finally arrived. This is probably the only lefty out there! The 335 in Pelham Blue has always been one of my favorite guitars. This one plays and sounds amazing – the bass/bottom end is punchy and clear on the neck pickup, and the neck pickup screams, just the way I like them! Has a nice weight of 8 ½ lbs thanks to the weight-relieved center block. I also had the Memphis shop separately make me a VOS “Custom Made” plaque which can cover the anchor studs for that true vintage look if you prefer(see pic).

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1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop with OHSC, Very Rare!

Early 1957 Goldtop – formerly owned by Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos. One of a very small group of Left Handed Stop Tail Les Pauls from the 1950s.

Thanks to Scott Jennings for reminiscing about this great guitar. I remember when Scott had it for sale in Vintage Guitar Magazine in the early 90s at Route 66 Guitars; somehow I knew I would end up with this guitar some 25 years later – it was worth the wait!

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1957 Gibson Les Paul Special, Ultimate Rock and Roll Machine!

When the job calls for pure Rock and Roll, I know which guitar to reach for: my 1957 Les Paul Special! Within seconds of picking it up, I started hypnotically launching into the essence of hard rock from the Who’s Live at Leeds album: Summertime Blues, My Generation, Magic Bus, etc. Of all my vintage guitars, this one just knocks out the power chords like no other – this guitar is pure rock and roll euphoria!

Specs:

Neck Depth: .92/1st, .98/12th
Pickup Output: Neck/8.23K, Bridge/7.83K
Weight: around 8.5 lbs

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1959 Gibson ES-175D with Double White PAFs, OHSC, Hangtags, Receipt!

This is a very rare, unmolested and unharvested time capsule/survivor guitar: a super clean 1959 ES-175D, Near Mint Condition, one-owner, OHSC, hangtags, cord, receipt, AND Double White PAFs! Ser # A298xx with FON S6487xx. All original except for the older trapeze tailpiece; has 3 extra small holes underneath the holes for the trap TP; probably had a zigzag on there before. Original shrunken tuner tips have been replaced with Uncle Lou Premium Tuner Tips. This guitar has been completely inspected, authenticated, and set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music: http://www.topshelfmusic.com

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