1998 Gibson Custom 59 Les Paul Reissue from the ‘Good Wood’ period of Gibson’s Custom Shop production, and you can really see why the late 1990’s Les Pauls are held in such high regard. The Gibson Custom Shop was producing far fewer guitars in the late 90’s compared to today and the results were higher quality guitars.
The serial number indicates this was the 63rd 59 Reissue produced in 1998 and given its age is in amazing condition.
It has the most incredible ‘monster’ top. Quartersawn, bookmatched AAAAA grade maple that looks somewhere between a tiger top and a flame top, the figuring is deep, shimmering and 3D from all angles with no flecks or imperfections. The finish is reminiscent of the famous ‘Stanley Burst’ once owned by Paul Stanley of Kiss, or between what Gibson describes as Teaburst and Honeyburst today.
The back of the guitar is still cherry with no fading; the straight tight-grained mahogany is like the top, from a great piece of timber. Big but comfortable ‘59 neck profile with the large heel.
Gibson Classic 57 Pickups sound fantastic in the guitar; bright, clear, articulate and balanced they’ll cover all styles with ease. CTS pots date to 1997.The pickup covers are Nickel-plated, as is the ABR-1 and tailpiece really look the part, the plating having settled down over the years.
It’s easy to forget this guitar is nearly 20 years old such is its condition with no fret wear, no buckle rash or scratches. The headstock edges are clean and crisp and the Kluson tuners move freely with no bent posts.
Late 90’s Custom Shop are fast becoming highly collectable with 10/10 examples fetching high amounts. Here’s a great opportunity to get a fabulous guitar in as good as it gets condition.
The guitar comes with its original Black/maroon Historic series case.