In 1984, when Vic DaPra set out to acquire an original ’59 Les Paul (ser# 9 0627), he didn’t have the luxury of the internet. “I had to wait for Polaroid pictures to come through the mail. It felt like forever.” Rarely does an original late ’50s Gibson Les Paul make it to us with such clean lineage. The days of “closet” finds are quickly becoming the folklore of a bygone era. Unearthing one of the very few two-owner 1959 ‘Bursts with so much character in its top is incredible: this guitar is astounding, from the billowy, unending, multi-dimensional flame to the softly mellowed hue of its now caramel-colored burst. Gibson Custom is excited to offer a very limited number of “Gruhn ‘Burst” Les Pauls, hand-crafted featuring our True Historic features. To bring you the specific tone and feel of Gruhn ‘Burst, we’ve re-created its neck profile and top carve through digital analysis of the original and tone-matched its pickups with specially wound Custom Buckers. To capture the finite details of this very special Collector’s Choice edition, the color and wear are hand-applied and based on in-depth study of the Gruhn ‘Burst, with Vic’s personal involvement in developing and approving the run.
True Historic Plastics: Based on Lab & Engineering Analysis of Original Parts
True Historic Pickup Covers: The Right Shoulder and Overall Shape of the 50’s
Double-Carved Top: Authentic vintage dish profile
Double-Carved Neck: Hand sanded for ideal playability and accurate profile
Thinner Peghead Veneer: A Testament to Obsession with Detail