From Gibson Press Release 2014 –
“Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice series recreates specific vintage Les Pauls held in notable collections to provide players around the world the opportunity to experience the precise look, feel, and tone of some of the rarest guitars in history. All Les Pauls selected for the series are extremely special, but Collector’s Choice #12 has a special place in our hearts because the original 1957 Goldtop is owned by none other than Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Brands and the man who rescued perhaps the most beloved American guitar maker from near extinction.
Regardless of its owner, however, this sublime ’57 Les Paul is an outstanding example of its breed and a guitar worthy of recreation by any measure. With a sweet, thick, mellow tone, the epitome of the irresistible “gently aged Goldtop” look, and a slightly “cheeky,” rounded neck profile that nails every guitar fan’s dream of the perfect ’50s playing feel, it’s a Les Paul that will take player and collector straight to that hallowed year and most prized rendition of the Les Paul Goldtop.
The Collector’s Choice #12 1957 Les Paul Goldtop has been crafted based on unrestricted hands-on analysis of the original guitar, and with the full cooperation of its current owner (…well, his office is just down the hall). The guitar’s two Custom Bucker S pickups have been recreated to the exact specs and materials of the original PAFs in Mr. Juszkiewicz’s guitar, and exhibit a slightly lighter wind than average, resulting in outstanding definition and clarity, yet plenty of thickness and body.
Its archetypal Goldtop finish has that characteristic slight greening caste within its bronze and subtle darkening in the lacquer checks and wear patterns, with hand aging by Gibson Custom to precisely match the look of #7-3939 as it stands today. Collector’s Choice™ #12 is offered in a run of up to 300 guitars, with the availability of qualifying materials determining the ultimate number, so reserve yours today at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.”
Of course, Mr. Juszkiewicz is no longer the CEO of Gibson, but we believe he still owns the original #7-3939. And this unbelievably detailed replica is a truly exceptional guitar.
- Solid Body Electric Guitar
- Maple Top
- Mahogany Body
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Mother-Of-Pearl Trapezoid Inlays
- 24 3/4" Scale Length
- 12" Radius
- 1-11/16" Neck Width at Nut
- 22 Frets
- Gibson Custom Bucker Pickups
- 2 Volume 2 Tone Controls
- Three Way Selector Switch
- ABR-1 Bridge & Stoptail
- Kluson Tuners
- Aged Nickel Hardware
- 9 lbs 1 oz.
- .880" Neck Profile at 1st Fret
- .990" Neck Profile at 12th Fret
This fabulous example of a 1957 Les Paul is a guitar worthy of recreation regardless of its owner. The tone is sweet, thick and mellow, which is the result of a unique balance between the bridge and neck pickups, both of which have a slightly lighter wind than the average humbuckers.
Neck: 7.35 K Bridge: 7.30 K
As soon as we saw this guitar we knew it was something quite special. The weight is on the light side at just over 9 lbs, and it features a great neck profile with plenty of meat but not quite as large as other examples.
The feel is absolutely vintage and it is a joy to play.
This guitar was bought new in Australia by its one owner in 2015 and it has never been out of the house. It is in perfect as new condition – albeit with the tasteful relic effects provided by the artisans at Gibson Custom.
The Collectors Choice series is no longer made and the original editions of those guitar have since become quite collectible and hard to come by.
Comes in its original Gibson Custom hard shell case along with documentation, accessories, Certificate of Authenticity and tags.
Video Demo of exact same model - https://youtu.be/tiKDDuxW17I