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The Billy Gibbons ‘Pearly Gates’ Les Paul Standard

Billy Gibbons - Pearly Gates Semi-circle

It’s finally here, and it’s bad to the bone. And now you can own it. Billy Gibbons’ favorite axe has always been his beloved Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard with legendary angelic qualities. It has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date, and sings with a “God-like voice” unlike any other guitar. And now, the master craftsmen at Gibson Custom have recreated it in excruciating detail – right down to the last scratch and ding. Gibbons’ legendary Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard – is like no other guitar in the world, and now you can own a painstaking replica of this sacred instrument. Admit it; this is the artist model you’ve been waiting for. Now it’s here, so don’t wait any longer. There are three different models for you to choose from – all in very limited quantities. They won’t last long, so act now. The Billy Gibbons ‘Pearly Gates’ Les Paul Standard is now available. Find your nearest authorized Gibson Custom dealer and check it out.

Available Finishes

The Billy Gibbons ‘Pearly Gates’ Les Paul Standard will be produced in a very limited quantity of only 350 guitars – 250 will receive Gibson Custom’s patented V.O.S. finish, 50 will be aged to look exactly like the original Pearly Gates, and another 50 will aged and personally signed and played by Gibbons himself. We know … try and relax … take a deep breath. And remember, we’re not responsible for what happens when you actually play one.

  • Billy Gibbons Burst Aged

    Billy Gibbons Burst Aged

  • Billy Gibbons Burst V.O.S.

    Billy Gibbons Burst V.O.S.

Figured maple tops selected just for ‘Pearly Gates’

You won’t believe the figured maple tops. Each one was carefully selected especially for the Gibbons’ ‘Pearly Gates’ model, and each is as beautiful as the top that adorns the original. If choice Les Paul maple tops make do for you, these will make you drool. Get your spittoon ready!

Carefully matched Billy Gibbons Burst finish

Gibson Custom has matched the faded Billy Gibbons Burst finish almost perfectly. You’ll do a double-take the first time you see it. The naturally darkened edges give way to the beautiful patterns of the maple grain. Even the original’s distinct red mahogany back is intact. Granted, no two guitars could ever have exactly the same top and finish. But maybe this is as close as it gets.
(Actual "Pearly Gates" pictured here on right)

Get Billy’s tone with Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers

Gibbons uses Pearly Gates only in the studio. In concert, he relies on Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers to replicate its legendary tone. The Seymour Duncan Web site says they’re “sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar.” Isn’t that what Billy Gibbons does every time he picks up his ‘Pearly Gates?’ Now you can too.

Built like Billy’s original Pearly Gates in every way

No detail was overlooked, just like you’d want it. There’s all nickel hardware, gold top hat control knobs, vintage Kluson-style tulip tuners, and a lightweight aluminum string-over stopbar that lets you set up the strings just like Billy. The one-piece mahogany neck with a 1959 rounded profile also sports the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson’s Golden Era. You also get period-correct CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors. It’s all there. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
(Actual "Pearly Gates" pictured here)
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