Collector's Choice #13 1959 Les Paul "Spoonful Burst"
Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series provides players with the opportunity to experience the precise look, feel and tone of some of the rarest guitars in history. When Gordon Kennedy acquired his 1959 Les Paul in 1993, he was fully aware of the guitar's deep history, its contribution to popular music, and ownership by a cultural icon. This Les Paul—recreated here as Collector's Choice #13 1959 Les Paul # 9-1352 aka "The Spoonful Burst"—was the sole guitar that had accompanied the musical journey of John Sebastian, best known for a brilliant and colorful career as frontman of The Lovin' Spoonful. In his hands it had helped to create a string of hits such as "Do You Believe In Magic," "Nashville Cats," and "Welcome Back," the theme song to the hit '70s TV show Welcome Back Kotter. One of the things that makes Collector's Choice #13 "The Spoonful Burst" truly special is the way in which Gibson Custom recreates distinctive elements of its specific wear, tone, look and feel, rendering a detail-perfect instrument that comes as close as is humanly possible to an original vintage Les Paul. Unique details include its unusually balanced front and rear pickups, substantial neck profile, significant wear from a long career of heavy use by John Sebastian, and its beautifully faded Dirty Lemon burst finish. There’s no better tribute to one of America's most accomplished artists.
Body
Hand selected subtly figured maple top and lightweight, one-piece mahogany body, hand-aged to match the original.
Neck/Fingerboard
Glued-in mahogany neck with the original’s precise rounded late-‘50s profile, and one-piece rosewood fingerboard with cellulose inlays.
Finish
Dirty Lemonburst finish, aged to match the original guitar.
Electronics
Custom Buckers with an Alnico II magnet in the neck and Alnico III in the bridge re-create the original PAFs, individual volume and tone controls with “bumble bee” capacitors and a three-way switch.
Hardware
Period correct Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and reissue Kluson™ tuners, all in aged nickel.
Plastics
Aged, vintage correct pickguard, binding, and top-hat knobs.

Collector's Choice #13 1959 Les Paul "Spoonful Burst"
A Detail-Perfect Recreation of an Iconic Les Paul
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