One of the most anticipated Collector’s Choice releases since the series was introduced, #5, aka “Donna” was well worth the wait. In a happy accident of circumstance, Donna’s very unique top was years in the finding, causing a delay of nearly half a decade as qualifying wood was identified and set aside. We were so concerned with getting the selection of top woods right that Tom Wittrock, “Donna’s” current owner, was brought in for final approval of each and every one. As time passed, the Collector’s Choice range continued to evolve alongside Gibson Custom’s Historic Reissue series, which reaches an entirely new level in 2015. As a result, a now mythic “Donna” comes to the world as one of the most beautiful guitars in the Collector’s Choice series as well as one of the first to achieve a level of replica that would be considered counterfeit if it weren’t built by Gibson.

Collectors Choice #5 Donna  full list   001(proto), 001, 002, 003 ,004, 005, 008, 010, 011, 012, 015, 017, 019, 020, 021, 023, 024, 025,027, 028, 030, 031, 032, 033, 034,036, 037, 039 and vid, 040, 041, 042, 045, 049, 050, 052, 054, 055, 056, 058, 059, 060, 062, 063,065 ,067,068, 069, 070, 071,  072, 077, 080, 081, 082, 085vid,  086, 087, 091, 092, 094, 095, 096, 098, 102, 106, 107,108, 109, 111, 118, 119,120,121, 123, 126, 124, 129, 130,  133, 134, 135, 137, 138, 139, 141, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148

  See Page 2. for photos of  002, 003, 008, 015, 021, 024, 027. 036, 039, 050, 059, 065 067, 080, 082, 085, 086, 087, 091, 106, 107, 108, 109, 118,119,120, 121, 123, 124, 126,129, 130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 137, 138, 139, 141, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148

 

#5 002 digimart Japan

 

#5 001 at Wildwood
#5 003 Italy

#5 005

the real Donna next to 005

 

#5 005

#5 005

#5 004   thanks to Tom Wittrock

Gibson Collectors Choice #5 is finally here! Nearly 3 years after Gibson skipped over this guitar in its release schedule you can finally get your hands on a replica of what is considered to be one of the very best '59 Les Pauls ever made. Although it may not be the freshest looking '59 in the world the feel and sound is like no other.

What Caused The Delay

Well while this guitar has been in the works for many years now the lack of tops that matched the original caused the release to be delayed for multiple years as nothing less than perfect would do. Les Pauls have used figured maple tops since 1959 but this on came out with a really unique cut of maple that is really hard to come by. To make sure they got it right every single replica of 'Donna' was tested by the original owner Tom Wittrock to make sure that everything matches perfectly. In some ways the delays were a blessing as in recent years Gibson have learned a lot more about the original guitars and can now get them much closer to the original.

100% Accurate Build

This guitar was not just looked at once before they decided to make the guitar. No 'Donna' was measured from top to bottom including any scratches, dents, bumps etc that had occurred in over 50 years since it was made. Everything has been made to perfection to match the original. They even went and reintroduced hand sanding in to the process for all parts so that they could get it as close to perfect as possible.

Quality Woods

Obviously with a guitar like this you can't cheap out at any point. THat is why the body is made out of a single piece of non weight relived genuine mahogany with a unique figured maple top carved to the historic standards. The neck is also made with genuine mahogany with the historic carve and has been finished with a maple spline. Topped off with a single piece of Indian rosewood for the fingerboard and you have reached pin point accuracy.

This guitar doesn't just look like a '59. It sounds and feels like it as well with an incredible dedication to even the smallest of details. If we didn't know it was a reissue we might just think this came straight from 1959.

Custom Hardware

While a lot of the hardware in this guitar is standard across the Collectors Choice range certain aspects are custom made. Things like the Custom Bucker Alnico-3 pickups are made specifically for this guitar to perfectly replicate the tone of these 50+ year old pickups. Wound to sing beautifully this is the definitive sound of a classic Les Paul

 

A quest of nearly half a decade uncovers qualifying figured maple tops to bring this stunning Burst together with hide glue construction, accurate PAF pickups, ’50s carve techniques, original playing feel and more.

Precise Replica Tom Wittrock's 9-1923 '59 Les Paul "Donna" True Historic Plastics Molecular level analysis reveals original color and feel True Historic Pickup Covers Engineered like the originals for accurate vintage looks Double-Carved Top Authentic vintage dish profile Double-Carved Neck Hand sanded for ideal playability and accurate profile "Broken" Peghead Edges, Smoother Edges The subtle elegance of a '50s Les Paul Thinner Peghead Veneer A testament to obsession with detail Thinner True Historic Wet-Sanded Finish More work, more authentic, more tone Hide Glue Top Construction Built like they used to be for true 'Burst resonance Rolled Fingerboard Binding Essential to authentic '59 playing feel

New in 2015

  • Precise Replica: Tom Wittrock's 9-1923 '59 Les Paul "Donna"

  • True Historic Plastics: Molecular level analysis reveals original color and feel

  • True Historic Pickup Covers: Engineered like the originals for accurate vintage looks

  • Double-Carved Top: Authentic vintage dish profile

  • Double-Carved Neck: Hand sanded for ideal playability and accurate profile

  • "Broken" Peghead Edges, Smoother Edges: The subtle elegance of a '50s Les Paul

  • Thinner Peghead Veneer: A testament to obsession with detail

  • Thinner True Historic Wet-Sanded Finish: More work, more authentic, more tone

  • Hide Glue Top Construction: Built like they used to be for true 'Burst resonance

  • Rolled Fingerboard Binding: Essential to authentic '59 playing feel

Top

Wood Species:Figured Maple

Pieces:2

Grade:

Binding:Single Bound, True Historic Reissue Cream

Back

Wood Species:Mahogany

Pieces:1

Density:

Binding:Top Only

Weight

Weight Relief:None

Average Weight (body only):3.175 kg / 7.0 lbs

Materials Used

Glue:Hand Applied Hide Glue

Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect:Hand selected backs for lightweight

Body Contour

Carve:Original 1959 Les Paul

Neck

Wood Species:Mahogany

Pieces:1

Details

Truss Rod:Historic Reissue-No Tubing

Profile:1959 Les Paul

Thickness at Fret 1:2.26 cm /.900"

Thickness at Fret 12:2.54 cm / 1.0"

Other Materials:

Average Weight:.453592 kg / 1.25 lbs

Peg Head

Type:1959 True Historic Thin Head Veneer

Inlay:Pearl

Peg Head Binding:None

Logo:"Gibson"

Silkscreen:"Les Paul"

Headstock Angle:17 Degrees

Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect:Holly head veneer has been re-tooled,

reproducing the original thinner specification of the late 1950's

Neck Fit

Joint Angle:4 Degrees

Joint Angle Tolerance:

Type:Reissue

Adhesive:Hot Hide Glue

Gauges Used:Pitch and Alignment Gauge

Nut

Style:6/6

Material:Nylon

Width:4.28 cm / 1.687"

Slots:E: .13716 cm / 0.054"
A: .10414 cm / 0.041"
D: .04826 cm / 0.019"
G: .0381 cm / 0.015"
B: .03556 cm / 0.014"
e: .03048 cm / 0.012"

Fingerboard

Wood Species:Solid Indian Rosewood

Pieces:1

Shade:

Fingerboard Details

Radius:30.38 cm / 12"

Frets:22

Nut/End of Board:4.28498 cm / 1.687" @ nut, 5.6896 cm / 2.24" @ end of board

Scale:62.865 cm / 24.75"

Binding:.040 True Historic Reissue Cream

Side Dots (Color):Tortoise Shell

Fingerboard Inlays

Style:Trapezoid

Material:Aged Nitrocellulose

Dimensions:Large: 2.921 cm x 1.7018 cm / 1.150" x .670", Small: 3.937 cm x .6096 cm / 1.550 x .240"

Average Weight:.340194 kg / .75 lbs

Finishes Sunburst

Color Code:SB

Surface Texture:Hand Aged, True Historic, Wet-Sanded, Thin Lacquer Finish

Filler:Aniline Dye

Sealer:Nitro Cellulose

Top:

Top Coat:Nitro Cellulose

Scraped:True Historic Process To Preserve Soft Neck Binding Profile and

Body Binding Ledge

Color Code:SB

Surface Texture:Hand Aged, True Historic, Wet-Sanded, Thin Lacquer Finish

Filler:Aniline Dye

Sealer:Nitro Cellulose

Top:

Top Coat:Nitro Cellulose

Scraped:True Historic Process To Preserve Soft Neck Binding Profile and Body Binding Ledge

Electronics

PickupsRhythmLead

Style:Burst Bucker 3Burst Bucker 3

Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side:5500-57505500-5750

Material of Wire (gauge):#42 Enamel#42 Enamel

Coil Dimensions (per coil):6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375"6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375"

Coil Material:ABSABS

Coil Winding Process:Machine WoundMachine Wound

Pole Piece Material:416 Grade Stainless Steel416 Grade Stainless Steel

Pole Piece Position from Nut:59.7 cm / 23.5"59.7 cm / 23.5"

Slug Material:416 Grade Stainless Steel416 Grade Stainless Steel

Slug Dimensions (diameter x length):47.3075 cm / 18.625"47.3075 cm / 18.625"

Magnet Material:Alnico VAlnico V

Magnet Position from Nut:58.36 cm / 22.975"58.36 cm / 22.975"

Magnet Dimensions:6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125"6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125"

Polarities:

Cover:True Historic Replica VOS NickelTrue Historic Replica VOS Nickel

Qfactor:

ResistanceDC:8.0k8.5k

Resonant Frequency:

Tonal & Resonant Advancements:

Tuning Keys

Style:Reissue Kluson Deluxe Green Keys, Single Band

Material:Nickel Plated Steel

Weight:3.6 oz

Tuning Keys Details

Tuning Ratio:12:01

Gear Type:Closed

What is allowable turn:1/4

Plating specs:Nickel Plated Stamped Steel

Part numbers:130-430-14889/90

String Dimensions

E:.11684 cm / .046W

A:.09144 cm / .036W

D:.06604 cm / .026W

G:.04318 cm / .017P

B:.03302 cm / .013P

e:.0254 cm / .010P

Bridge

Style:ABR With Thumbwheels

Material:Nickel Plated

Plating Specs:Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy for casting

flow-Nickel Plated

Part number:130-430-10161

Weight:.0637 kg / 2.25 oz.

Dimensions of String Slots

E:0.1778 cm / 0.070"

A:0.13716 cm / 0.054"

D:0.1016 cm / 0.040"

G:0.0635 cm / 0.025"

B:0.0508 cm / 0.02"

e:0.0381 cm / 0.015"

 

Tailpiece

Style:Reissue Lightweight Aluminum

Compensated:No

Material:Aluminum

Plating Specs:Nickel

Part number:130-430-11738

Weight:.0311845 kg / 1.1 oz

Output Jack

Style:1/4"

Jack Plate

Style:59 True Historic

Material:True Historic Reformulated

Part Number:130-430-19299C

Weight:.0056699 kg / .2 oz

Strap Buttons

Material:Aluminum

Plating Specs:None

Part numbers:130-430-19150

Weight:.0141748 kg / .5 oz

Plastics

Pick Guard

Style:59 True Historic

Part Number:130-430-12768

 

Truss Rod Cover

Style:True Historic

Part Number:130-430-19784

Knobs

Style:True Historic Gold Top Hats

Part Number:130-430-19778V

Dial Pointers

Yes/No:Yes

Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)

Style:Reissue Les Paul .09 Black Royalite

Part Number:130-430-19808

Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)

Style:2015 Die Cast Gibson Custom Medallion

Part Number:130-430-19016

Switch Washer

Style:True Historic Cream Replica

Part Number:130-430-19292C

Trim Rings

Style:True Historic Cream Replica

Part Number:130-430-13891V/130-430-13892V

Accessories

Case

Style:Reissue Les Paul

Color:Reissue Brown with Pink Fur Lining

Strap Locks:None

Tools:None

Manual:None

COA/Other:Custom Shop True Historic Certificate of Authenticity in Binder, Extra Black Plastic Treble/Rhythm Switch Cover Plate

9-1923 Donna - the real one

In the paint shop at comparing finishes

the prototype next to Donna

another comparison shot at Gibson

at the Dallas show 2015. Tom Wittrock  holding the prototype

#5 019

#5 s/n 025   Mike Slubowski

CC#5  021 Rainbow

#5 024  at the Music Zoo

another shot with #5 005 & Donna

Starting to look like Donna - great finish

#5 034

more of #5 034

Craigslist USA   #5-020

#5 049  at Wildwood -

#5 008  music zoo - and the next pic

#5 017  Japan

#5 012  another from Mike Slubowski - thanks

J Guitars Japan  #5 011

#5 042   Ikebe Music Japan

#5 032 Japan

#5 010 Japan

#5 030  Japan

#5 030  Japan

#5 030  Japan

#5 023 uploaded on the LPF by Kristine

 #5 096 HOG  LPF

  #5 086  HOG  LPF

  #5 086  HOG  LPF

E-bay $9k

#5 033 World  Guitars UK

could be the first in UK -

#5 045  Japan  G Club

#5 069 Rock House Japan

#5 077  LPF' hbreaze'

#5 077 in the sunshine

#5 063 RichToneMusic

#5 052 muic produktiv

#5 070

#5 041 GuitarGuitar UK

#5 054  Ebay Germany  Eu10K

#5 054

#5 054 when on E-bay

#5 095 Mike Slubowski

#5 092 Wildwood Guitars

#5 098 Wildwood Guitars

#5 055 Germany

#5 055  058  062

thanks to 'Sauerlaender'  LPF

#5 031

#5 040 Japan

#5 060 Musik Produktiv

#5 102  Wildwood Guitars

#5 072 Wildwood Guitars

#5 062 Germany

#5 037   LPF    'lpowner'

#5 094 Wildwood Guitars

#5 056  Andertons

#5 111   fried orka  LPF  -

#5 081 Chicago Music Ex.  LPF

#5 081 another shot of 081, much better

a reminder of the real donna flame

#5 0XX  Carter Vintage

Nashville - anyone know the s/n

#5 068

#5 071