Gibson Paul Kossoff 1959 Les Paul VOS
During his tragically short career, Paul Kossoff of Free left a lasting mark on the sound of '70s rock 'n roll. Kossoff wielded a beautiful '59 Les Paul as his go-to guitar and built a reputation for blazing solos, infectious riffs, and biting rock tone. As any vintage guitar enthusiast knows, the '59 Les Paul is generally counted as one of the most sought after -- if not the
most sought-after -- vintage electric guitars in existence. With the release of the Paul Kossoff 1959 Les Paul VOS, the Gibson Custom Shop offers not only a beautiful tribute to the guitarist behind hits like "All Right Now," but also a stunning reconstruction of an original '59 Les Paul.
The "All Right Now" Tone
Touring with Free or recording as a highly sought-after session guitarist, Paul Kossoff was known for his brilliant tone. The Gibson Custom Shop Paul Kossoff guitar uses dual Custom Bucker pickups with Alnico III magnets to achieve the vintage 'PAF' sound of a late '50s Gibson. The body is crafted from a piece of hand-picked mahogany with a gorgeous select maple top and single piece mahogany neck. This time-honored wood combination endows the Kossoff Les Paul with that unmistakable Gibson sustain. It was this combination of fat humbuckers and resonant mahogany that gave Kossoff his signature sound which left a major impact on countless players to come such as modern blues phenom, Joe Bonnamassa.
Stunning Recreation with Vintage Original Specs
The Gibson Custom Shop has painstakingly replicated every component of Paul Kossoff's original '59 Les Paul with remarkable care and craftsmanship. This guitar has undergone the proprietary VOS or Vintage Original Spec process to give the look and feel of a genuine vintage Gibson with the nicks and scratches you'd expect. In addition to this renowned finishing process, the Kossoff Les Paul is rounded out with a full compliment of vintage-style hardware. With gold kidney Grover tuners, classic Gibson speed knobs, and acrylic trapezoid inlays, this guitar captures the vintage vibe of Kossoff's original guitar.
Check out this video from Gibson for a great overview of the VOS series:
- Modeled after Paul Kossoff's 1959 Les Paul
- Solid mahogany neck with beautiful maple top
- Single piece Mahogany neck with Kossoff profile and rosewood fingerboard
- Aged Custom Buckers with alnico III magnets to capture that classic "PAF" tone
- Original vintage style with gold kidney Grover tuners and gold speed knobs
- Enticing 'Green Lemon' finish
- Limited run of only 250 VOS guitars being made
- Included hardshell case
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