Late’50s sunburst Les Pauls are universally acknowledged as the most desirable electric guitars ever made, and the latest in Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice ™ series takes “desirable” right off the charts. This dramatically figured burst with wide chevrons in its carved maple top—newly recreated as Collector’s Choice ™ #9 1959 Les Paul “Believer Burst”—is one of the most beautiful original bursts in existence. It’s also one of the most famous.
Tracked down by collector and author Vic DaPra over the course of 30 years, this very special 1959 Les Paul became the centerpiece of DaPra’s collection in 2008, and appears on the cover of his 2013 book Burst Believers
. Thanks to DaPra’s close cooperation, Gibson Custom has scanned, traced, and measured every curve and parameter of the “Believer Burst” to bring this most exalted of ’59 Les Pauls into the hands of discerning players and collectors today.
Among the most aesthetically beautiful examples of an original burst in the entire Collector’s Choice™ series, this guitar has been recreated in a strictly limited run of a maximum of 100 examples, based on unrestricted access to the original. As such, the “Believer Burst” comes to life in revealing both its visual splendor, and details well beyond those experienced only with the eye. Each replica is crafted to capture a complete representation of the original. The fade to its strikingly vibrant cherry sunburst finish and all of its playing wear have been painstakingly hand-matched to the guitar’s current condition, providing players and collectors the otherworldly experience of one of the world’s most prized guitars.
Reserve yours now at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer, and prepare to be a Believer.
Body and Neck
The body of Collector’s Choice™ #9 “Believer Burst” is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight genuine mahogany topped with a figured maple top hand selected to emulate the dramatically beautiful wide chevron figuring of the original guitar. A faded and hand-aged nitrocellulose finish in luscious cherry sunburst completes the look of this astounding burst. The neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the precise profile taken from close measurement of the original guitar. It’s topped with a one-piece dark rosewood fingerboard with aged cellulose trapezoid inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
The PAF pickups on original late-’50s Les Pauls are an essential part of the hallowed “burst tone.” To make Collector’s Choice™ #9 as authentic as possible, Gibson Custom carefully studied and measured every intricate spec of the originals, to replicate them as a pair of Custom Buckers. Made with Alnico III magnets, with coils scatter-wound to accurate specs these are as close as you’ll come to the real thing. They are routed through the traditional control knob complement and three-way switch, with “bumble bee” tone capacitors.
Period-correct hardware graces the Collector’s Choice™ #9, including reissue Kluson™ Deluxe “green-key” tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, all nickel plated. The binding is all the accurate vintage color, as are the pickup rings and pickguard, and the guitar carries a traditional black/white “bell” truss-rod cover.
Cases & Coverage
Each guitar will include a silkscreened brown Custom Shop hardshell case and owner’s manual, a Custom Shop Collector’s Choice™ #9 leather-bound trifold Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of Vic DaPra’s Burst Believers
book, and Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.