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Body
Species
Each Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard is crafted from a figured two-piece maple top genuine mahogany body.

This wood combination, one of the most legendary pairs in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a “best of both worlds” tonal splendor, while also producing a classic look and a sturdy instrument.
Body Species
Tonal Characteristics
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard’s body woods present the classic combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, all of which are elements that are found in the legendary tone of the original ‘60 Les Paul Standard.

This is one of the most revered wood combinations of all time, and truly offers a “best of both worlds” design in the way that mahogany and maple complement each other to offer superior resonance, sustain, depth, clarity, and definition.
 
Design
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard follows the body lines and dimensions of the original ‘60 Les Paul Standard, with a gently arched carved top and rounded lower bout, and combines the classic tonewood combination of mahogany back and carved maple top. The body’s back is cut from a single piece of solid, high-grade, lightweight genuine mahogany, and capped with a two-piece top of figured maple that is carved into a period-correct “dish”, or arch. Body Design
Weight
Weights vary slightly, according to wood supplies, but Gibson’s Custom Shop seeks out the lightest, most tonally advantageous genuine mahogany for the one-piece bodies of the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard.
Finish
Color
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standards are available in a range of finishes, according to the specs of each of the three versions:

  • Version 1: Heritage Cherry Sunburst or
    Heritage Dark Sunburst

  • Version 2: Light Iced Tea Sunburst or
    Sunset Tea Burst

  • Version 3: Cherry Burst
Body Design
Process
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard is hand-finished in nitrocellulose in a process that closely replicates the finishing process applied to original Les Paul Standards of 1958-’60.

Like the great Les Pauls made 50 years ago, this instrument is finished with minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance, and will age elegantly and naturally to continually enhance the appearance of this reborn classic.
Surface Texture
Just as original ’Bursts were finished 50 years ago, the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard is given a striking, well-buffed, nitro-gloss finish, resulting in an instrument that looks like it was found in a case under the bed after resting for half a century.