SOLD - Steve Hague 59 LP Burst Replica - USA 2012

by Steve Hague

$9,995.00 20071


When is a Gibson not a Gibson ?

Steve Hague runs a business named Build a Burst in Indiana USA. As you can see, he specialises in building replicas of probably the most sought after collectible electric guitar of them all – the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Burst. His work is painstakingly meticulous, and it often takes two years or more for an order to be fulfilled.

He doesn’t try to pass them off as the real deal, and is not trying to fool anybody. But his desire to build the most accurate 59 Burst possible is exemplified in the effort he goes to in order to source old stock of wood, parts and components – sometimes from the very same suppliers that Gibson used in the 1950s.

Features –

Model: 59 Les Paul Replica

Year: ordered 2009, delivered 2012

Body: Old growth one piece Honduras Mahogany

Top: AAA Grade maple book matched top

Neck: 59 Les Paul profile, old growth Honduras mahogany quarter sawn

Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood

Finish : Lemon Drop Burst with aniline dye, polyester free nitrocellulose lacquer

Headstock: Holly Veneer on Mahogany, mother of pearl logo inscription

Serial #: Vintage correct 50’s font

Machine Heads: Aged Kluson 58 Replica

Inlays: Retrospec Cellulose Nitrate inlays as per the 50’s original and manufactured in Italy by Mazzucchelli in the same factory that supplied Gibson in the 50’s

Binding :  Royalite from Tom Bartlett

Tenon : Long

Glue: Vintage mix hide glue

Carved Top : vintage deep hand carve as per originals

Pickups: Wizz pickups with Wizz vintage correct covers and vintage correct bakelite pickup surrounds

Pots : CTS “TVT” True Vintage Taper – 500k – 50’s wiring style

Capacitors: Original 1950’s Bumblebee

Bridge: Gibson Vintage ABR-1 and Montreux Time Machine aluminium tailpiece with steel screws. The caps and screws are vintage correct lengths unlike the shorter ones used by Gibson in their Historic Guitars

Jack: Switchcraft input jack and Fatboy 50’s jackplate

Retrospec Truss rod Cover

Montreux “Time Machine” Rear Covers

Switchcraft Pickup selector switch

Fatboy pickup indicator plate and switch knob

Montreux “Time Machine” Control Knobs

Scale: 24 9/16”

Weight: 8.9 lbs – non weight relieved

A big feature of this 59 Burst replica are the very well regarded Wizz PAF style humbuckers. Wizz pickups are handmade in Croatia and are being sold to a growing band of sophisticated tone hunters worldwide.

Here’s a link to their website

And this is the very entertaining Doug & Pat Show doing a review of the Wizz PAF pickups -

We have been all over this guitar since it came in for consignment, and the ultimate conclusion is that it is possibly the most authentic recreation of sunburst ’59 Les Paul we’ve ever seen. And that includes some rather excellent guitars from Gibson Custom Shop. We do not say this lightly, but if you could actually see, feel, play & hear this guitar you may come to understand why we are so impressed.

Comes with an early 70s vintage Gibson hard case in excellent condition.


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