This is a 2016 built Les Paul LPR-8 1958 Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop. This R8 is the real deal, with a beautiful bright cherry sunburst finish, a lovely tiger striped maple top, and a great feel to it. Gibson certainly puts special effort and materials into these Custom Shop R8s.
Carved figured maple top
Solid, non-weight relieved single piece mahogany back
Single-ply cream top binding
Thin toggle switch washer and jack plate
Lightweight aluminium tail-piece
One piece Mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
1958 rounded neck profile
Vintage tulip tuners
Custom Bucker pickups
Vintage Bumblebee capacitors
Weight is a very comfortable 8.4 lbs
This Les Paul plays as good as it looks. The early ‘50s rounded neck profile has a full-in-hand feel which will be right at home with players who like a chunky neck. The pickups sound great in all positions, with a rich complexity and quality tone at all volume levels.
The cherry sunburst finish is quite stunning, and looks delightful over the figured carved maple top. All the appointments are original spec, right down to the colour of the plastics, nickel hardware finish and control wiring.
This guitar is in excellent condition and presents pretty much as new. It shows no buckle rash on the back, and the top is super clean, as is the neck.
There is some bleeding of the cherry lacquer finish in places, which is something that actually happened on some vintage originals.The frets show no wear, the neck is large but comfortable and plays beautifully in all positions.
In all this is one of the best Gibson 1958 Les Paul Reissues we have seen – in terms of colour, high quality build, medium weight, solid neck profile, the beauty of the wood and accuracy of its specs. With the use of 60-year-old manufacturing techniques, Gibson has succeeded in the alchemy of creating a new guitar with the feel of an aged instrument without resorting to the relic process.
Comes with case candy, COA and its original Gibson Lifton style case in excellent condition.