2018 Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Les Paul Reissue R8 Electric Guitar - Lemon Burst
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In 1958, Gibson parted ways with the gold finish on the Les Paul Model and introduced the "Les Paul Standard," a refresh that featured a center-seam maple top, red aniline dye back and sides, and a beautiful transparent Cherry Sunburst finish. While only that one color was available originally, exposure to sunlight and subtle variations have made each original example unique in color. Gibson Custom picked four beautiful sunburst variations for the new 2018 Historic Collection, each bringing out all the character of the unique maple tops. And just like the 1958 originals, the neck profiles on these Historic models are just a bit beefier on average when compared to a 1959 – a comfortable chunky C-shape. Two new updates for 2018 include the inclusion of all True Historic-spec parts and, for the first time, narrow/tall frets which bring the tone and playability closer to the character of the originals. Available in Gloss or VOS (vintage patina, shown) finishes.
This R8 is a shining example of Gibson’s 2018 Historic Collection. It offers a slightly mellower tone and a thicker playing feel than its ’59 counterparts, and despite a ding on the front - which we feel adds character to the axe - the Lemon Burst finish is a very attractive alternative to the classic Cherry Sunburst. Plus, it weighs in at a very comfortable 8lbs 10oz. If you like a fatter neck, or a more laid-back tone, this is what we’d recommend.
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R8 1958 Les Paul Reissue
8 lbs 10 oz
|Fingerboard Material/Radius:|| Rosewood, 12"
|Frets (Number and Size):||22, Medium|
|Nut (Material and Width):||Nylon, 11/16"
Medium Chunky C
2 Volume & 2 Tone
Single Ply Cream Guard
Gold Top Hat Knobs
Original Hardshell Case