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  • Holly Headstock Veneer w/ Pearl logo Inlay

  • Nickel Plated ABR-1 bridge and Stopper Tailpiece

  • One-piece Rosewood Fingerboard

  • Body: Carved Maple Top, Relieved Mahogany Back

  • Brown Hardshell Case


Product Description



In 1960, at the request of its original owner, Gibson did what would be unthinkable today; they painted an Ebony finish over a beautiful Sunburst Les Paul. At the time however, the motivation for this odd special order was simple, as the player placing it couldn’t afford the higher cost of a Les Paul Custom but had fallen in love with the shiny Black nitrocellulose finish. Over time, evidence of what lies beneath the factory applied Ebony finish began to present itself and a very sought after 1960 Les Paul was in the making. Today, a guitar known as “Blackburst” resides in private collection.

To celebrate this exceptional guitar, Gibson Custom is pleased to offer a very limited run of the “Blackburst”. Each guitar comes with a before photo, showing the original Burst finish and top underneath the Ebony. A Collector’s Choice COA is also included.



Gibson Custom Shop
Model: Collector’s Choice #34 1959 Les Paul “Blackburst”
Limited Series: Limited to 45 in North America (100 Worldwide)
Finish Color: Ebony over Washed Cherry
Weight: 8.62 lbs
Top Wood: 2-Piece Figured Maple
Body Wood: Mahogany
Neck Wood: Genuine 1-Piece Mahogany with a Maple Spline
Neck Shape: Early 1960’s Profile
Neck Dimensions: .920 1st – 1.000 12th
Fingerboard: 1-Piece Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlays: Aged Trapezoids
Scale Length: 24.75″
Frets: 22
Pickups: Custom Buckers (Alnico 3)
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way Toggleswitch
Hardware : Aged Nickel
Bridge: ABR
Tailpiece: Stoptail
Tuners: Kluson “Deluxe”
Case: Brown Hardshell Case
COA: Yes