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Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1958 Les Paul Plain Top VOS Electric Guitar (with Case)

The Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Plain Top VOS captures the soul of the original. This high quality Les Paul plays as good as it looks. (28) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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History
"This guitar now has a rich, rubbed appearance that cannot be equaled at any price... this instrument is a true beauty." -- Gibson Gazette, December 1958

Objects of distinction are seldom recognized immediately, and this was certainly the case when Gibson introduced the newly renamed Les Paul Standard in July of 1958. Having already made several modifications to the base Les Paul Model guitar over the previous two years - the Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece being the most notable changes - the new Les Paul Standard introduced in 1958 hoped to correct Gibson's waning sales of solid body electric guitars, which had been on the decline ever since 1953 when the company shipped 2,245 instruments.

Body
For the 1958 Standard Plaintop, Gibson decided to arrange the maple top in two "bookmatched" pieces glued together at the center seam, giving each guitar its very own distinct look and marking the beginning of the guitar world's fascination with figured maple tops, even though the majority of the tops used in 1958 were considered "plain" when compared to the tops used one year later and beyond.

Finish
Legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty and his staff partly blamed the guitar's Goldtop finish as the main culprit for the sales slump and decided to forego the finish in favor of new, brighter finish dubbed Cherry Sunburst, which allowed the natural beauty of the maple top to be showcased - something that had previously been concealed by the Goldtop finish.

Additionally, Cherry Sunburst was the only color other than Gold that was used to finish the new Les Paul Standards in 1958, even though clear differences in the color of vintage examples would suggest otherwise. These variations were due mainly to the inconsistency of the red pigment used by Gibson to paint the sunburst finish, a problem that wasn't corrected until the early 1960s and which caused many of the guitars to fade to some degree of amber, honey or yellow hue. This "problem" inadvertently led to the creation of many of the finishes used today on numerous Gibson guitars, including Honey Burst, Tobacco Burst, Light Burst, Iced Tea Burst, Lemon Burst, Vintage Sun Burst and, of course, the original Heritage Cherry Sun Burst.

Near-perfect Recreation
The 1958 Les Paul Standard reissue produced today by Gibson Custom is true to all of the original instrument's features and characteristics, including Gibson's traditional carved "plain" maple top and solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body. The headstock veneer is made from Holly, as opposed to fiber, just like it was in 1958, and the vintage-style tulip tuners are mounted in a straight line, also as they were on the original. The 24 3/4-inch scale length neck is made from one solid piece of mahogany, and attached to the body using a long neck tenon - one of the Les Paul's more distinguishing characteristics of the 1950s. The neck is topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard outfitted with acrylic trapezoid inlays matching the size and color of the originals. Of course, two of Gibson's legendary Burstbucker pickups deliver all the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone by using historically "unmatched" bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. Other historical appointments include CTS potentiometers, bumble bee capacitors, rolled creme-colored fingerboard binding, single-ply creme binding around the body, and period-correct switchwasher and jackplate. The 1958 Les Paul Standard comes in either a V.O.S. or Gloss finish, and with the standard Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity. They are available in Faded Tobacco Burst, Washed Cherry Burst, Iced Tea Burst, Bourbon Burst, Lemon Burst and Sunrise Tea Burst finishes.

Vintage Finish
Aged to perfection, Gibson VOS (Vintage Original Specs) guitars undergo an "aging process" for an oxidized finish and all the dings and scratches you would expect from a well-worn guitar. VOS series guitars look and feel like a 50-year-old guitar should.

This video from Gibson gives a great overview of the stunning VOS series:


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Body & Hardware:
Carved plain maple top

Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back

Single-ply cream binding on top

Thin toggleswitch washer & jackplate

Nickel hardware

ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar

Neck & Headstock
1-piece mahogany neck w/ long neck tenon

22-fret rosewood fingerboard

Acrylic trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and color)

Single-ply cream binding

Early '50s rounded neck profile

24-3/4 in. scale length, 1-11/16 in. nut width

Holly headstock veneer

Vintage tulip tuners

Electronics & Strings
BurstBucker 1 (R) and 2 (T) pickups

CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors

2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch

Vintage Reissue .010 strings

Includes Custom Shop case, and certificate of authenticity.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Absolutely Stunning!!"
Sound: Amazing! Classic Rock & Blues sound incredible! Paired up with Marshalls and 1960 Vintage cabs, I can't ask for more! Feature: It's a 58' Gibson Les Paul with a Custom Shop case, worth every penny! Ease of Use: Paired up with the right equipment,(any equipment really), hands down, the best guitar I have ever owned in my 40 years of life! Quality: Perfect, right out of the box! The only guitar I own, out of the many, that I can honestly say, absolutely perfect, right out of the box! Value: Absolutely! Manufacturer Support: Have never had any problems with any of my Gibsons, but they have always been helpful when contacted for info. The Wow Factor: For me, the "sex appeal" is off the scale! If it had the same wonderful parts that my wife has, I'd boot my wife out (and I think she knows that). The beauty of the guitar is inspiring as well, always a good thing. Overall: It's with me until death, and even then it's going with me into the ground. It's definitely my number one. Wouldn't part with it for anything except my kids. With me, it's rare to connect with a guitar this quickly, instant love!
Style of Music: Various types of Rock primarily, and Blues
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Perfection"
Sound: It is the sound of Rock n' Roll Feature: Volume + Tone control...what more do you need?? Ease of Use: Love the big 50's neck...like a baseball bat at first...then it just fits... Quality: It's perfect... Looks like it was made in 1958, and then stored perfectly until today... Value: I paid $2,600 for mine...can't beat that... I'd certainly pay list price for it... Just remember... It's an investment Manufacturer Support: No need for it The Wow Factor: It's a 58 les paul?! Holy Grail springs to mind... Overall: It will last forever, sounds incredible, could play it for days at a time... Just perfection...Well done Gibson
Style of Music: Rock, Classic Rock, Blues
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