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The Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard

The Gibson Custom Collector's Choice™ series cracks open the greatest vaults of vintage instruments in the world, allowing players the opportunity to own replicas of one-of-a-kind historic guitars. We've contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their greatest prizes in this unique and unprecedented program. In embarking on this series of limited-run Collector's Choice™ instruments, Gibson Custom is starting with one of the most desirable artist guitars of all time: the legendary Les Paul once owned by Gary Moore, and now a treasured part of the Melvyn Franks collection.

 While any 1958-60 Les Paul Standard is a rare and desirable guitar today, those played by major artists are even more highly prized. Given its history, the 1959 Les Paul Standard formerly owned by Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore—and represented in every minutiae by the Collector's Choice™ #1 1959 Les Paul Standard—is, for many players and collectors, the Holy Grail of Les Pauls. Not only is it a stunning original example with a highly figured top and a beautiful, faded "unburst" finish, it's a guitar with a fascinating configuration, with the wiring and orientation of the neck pickup reversed to create a unique "out of phase" middle position tone. Moore purchased the guitar in the mid-'70s and played it on recordings with Thin Lizzy, including "Still in Love with You" and "Waiting for an Alibi," and afterward, as a solo artist, before retiring the '59 Les Paul and eventually selling it to British-born guitar collector Melvyn Franks in 2006.

 

Gibson Custom Shop Collectors Choice (#1) Melvyn Franks 1959 Les Paul Standard VOS

Gibson Custom Shop, a Division of the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, is proud to announce a new and exciting special run guitar program, the Gibson Custom “Collectors Choice”™ Program. As many people know, vintage guitars and the vintage guitar market have engendered many a passionate collector. This new program endeavors to work with these passionate collectors to reproduce some of the finest examples from their collection. This opens up so many wonderful opportunities to showcase these rare and amazing instruments, some known and many unknown; giving the fans of these instruments the opportunity to get a Custom Shop limited number reproduction of these gems.

The initial Collectors Choice™ offering will be from the collection of Melvyn Franks. Melvyn is a collector who was able to purchase an original 1959 Les Paul “Burst”. A beautiful example that used to belong to Gary Moore and Peter Green at one time.

As with every reproduction of an existing model, Custom has painstakingly turned over every stone to properly recreate the guitar in as exacting detail as possible. This includes the “out of phase” middle position tone, the missing silver inserts on the top two “tophat” control knobs, the reversed neck pickups (with adjustable pole pieces facing the bridge) and the accurate neck shape, complete with accurate aging on the aged versions.

In addition, the Collectors Choice #1 – Melvyn Franks 1959 Les Paul captures all the historically accurate details that make a Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul the most accurate reproduction of the ’Burst ever produced. Details such as the deep-set long neck tenon, correct body top binding in the cutaway, accurate BurstBucker PAF-humbucking pick reproductions, rounded ’59 neck profile, and 17-degree back-angled headstock all give this guitar the feel and tone of the real deal. Produced in strictly limited numbers, this Collector’s Choice #1 Melvyn Franks 1959 Les Paul Standard is offered in a run of 300 instruments treated to Gibson’s VOS process. All guitars come protected in a Custom Shop hardshell case, and include a Certificate of Authenticity, an Owner’s Manual, and full warranty documentation and adjustment literature.

 

Gibson Custom Shop Handbuilt Collectors Choice Melvyn Franks 1959 Les Paul Standard VOS Features:

  • Top: 2-Piece Figured Maple

  • Back: 1-Piece Solid Mahogany

  • Body Type: Non-Chambered

  • Neck: Mahogany

  • Profile: Melvyn Franks ‘59

  • Fingerboard: Rosewood

  • Radius: 12"

  • Nut: 1.687"

  • Inlays: Aged Acrylic Trapezoid

  • Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots

  • Tuners: Nickel Sperzels

  • Type: ABR-1 Nickel Plated Zinc with Nickel. Thumbwheels- 2 Bass, 1 Treble

  • Tailpiece: Aluminium Stopbar

  • Knobs: 2 Gold Top Hat with Volume and Tone Inserts, 2 Gold Top Hats with no Inserts

  • Neck Pickup: BurstBucker #3 Wired “Out of Phase”

  • Bridge Pickup: BurstBucker #2

  • Case: Custom Shop Silkscreened with Collectors Choice and Maroon Crushed Velvet interior

  • Includes Special Collectors Choice Certificate of Authenticity

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Gibson Collectors Choice No.1 Gary Moore - Gibson Historic 1959 Les Paul Reissue VOS Aged Edition Butterscotch with Nickel Hardware

We are only getting one of these guitars in since, as you can imagine, it is a highly specialist piece. If you are interested in securing this guitar, please call us on 01483 456777 to put down a deposit. We are expecting the guitar to ship around the end of July 2010.

The new Gibson Collectors choice guitars offer you the chance to own a genuine Gibson with all the features and details of a guitar any collector would treasure. Gibson have gone to a number of well-known, discerning guitar collectors and recreated their finest examples of classic guitars so you can enjoy them without the rigmarole of hunting down and acquiring an original - if there is even one for sale at a reasonable price!

Here's what Gibson say about the Collectors Choice Gary Moore LP

The Gibson Custom "Collectors Choice" series cracks open the greatest vaults of vintage instruments in the world, allowing players the opportunity to own replicas of one-of-a-kind historic guitars. We've contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their greatest prizes in this unique and unprecedented program. In embarking on this series of limited-run "Collector's Choice" instruments, Gibson Custom is starting with one of the most desirable artist guitars of all time: the legendary Les Paul once owned by Gary Moore, and now a treasured part of the Melvyn Franks collection.

While any 1958-'60 Les Paul Standard is a rare and desirable guitar today, those played by major artists are even more highly prized. Given its history, the 1959 Les Paul Standard formerly owned by Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore-and represented in every minutiae by the Collector's Choice #1: 1959 Les Paul Standard-is, for many players and collectors, the Holy Grail of Les Pauls. Not only is it a stunning original example with a highly figured top and a beautiful, faded "unburst" finish, it's a guitar with a fascinating configuration, with the wiring and orientation of the neck pickup reversed to create a unique "out of phase" middle position tone. Moore purchased the guitar in the mid-'70s and played it on recordings with Thin Lizzy, including "Still in Love with You" and "Waiting for an Alibi," and afterward, as a solo artist, before retiring the '59 Les Paul and eventually selling it to British-born guitar collector Melvyn Franks in 2006.

Body

  • Top: 2-Piece Figured Maple

  • Back: 1-Piece Solid Mahogany

  • Binding: .090, Cream

  • Body Type: Non-Chambered

  • Average Weight: 6.5lbs

  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

Neck

  • Species: Mahogany

  • Profile: Melvyn Franks '59

  • Truss Rod: Traditional

  • Joint Angle: 4 degrees (+/- 15 seconds)

  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

Neck Fit

  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon

  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"

Fingerboard

  • Species: Rosewood

  • Frets: 22

  • Radius: 12"

  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062

  • Inlays: Aged Acrylic Trapezoid

  • Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots

Nut

  • Material: Nylon

  • Width: 1.687

  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System

Headstock

  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl

  • Logo: Gibson logo with "Les Paul Model" Silkscreened in Gold

  • Truss Rod Cover: Gibson Bell Shaped Molded

  • Average Weight: .94 lbs

Tuners

  • Model: Nickel Sperzels

  • Tuning Ratio: 12:01

Bridge

  • Type: ABR-1 Nickel Plated w/Nickel Thumbwheels-2 Bass,1 Treble

  • Material: Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy

  • Plating: Nickel

  • Tailpiece

  • Type: Stop Bar

  • Material: Aluminum

  • Plating: Nickel

Hardware

  • Knobs: 2 Gold Top Hat with Volume and Tone Inserts

  • 2 Gold Top Hats w/No Inserts

  • Pickguard: None

  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Silkscreen

  • Strings: .009 - .046, vintage strings

  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum Strap Buttons

Pickups

  • Neck Position: BB #3 Wired "Out of Phase"

  • Bridge Position: BB #2

  • Magnet Material: Proprietary

Electronics

  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls

  • Type: 500k Audio Taper

  • Custom Switches: NA

  • Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound

  • Toggle Switch: Vintage Three-way with Vintage Toggle Cap

  • Output Jack: 1/4" Switchcraft

Finish

  • Color: Butterscotch

  • Process: 1 of 100 Specially Aged Finish

  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Case

  • Type: Custom Shop

  • Case Exterior: Black Pleather Silkscreened with Collectors Choice

  • Case Interior: Maroon Crushed Velvet

Accessories

  • Certificate of Authenticity: Special Collectors Choice Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Additional Materials: Owners Manual Literature Lifetime Warranty Information

Mike Slubowski