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Gibson Custom Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates VOS at a Glance:

  • One of just 250 worldwide!
  • The story behind the "Pearly Gates"
  • Figured maple tops selected just for "Pearly Gates"
  • Carefully matched Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish
  • Get Billy's tone with Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers
  • Built like Billy's original Pearly Gates in every way

One of just 250 worldwide!
Not only is the Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates VOS a new 1959 Les Paul from the renowned crew at Gibson Custom, it's one of just 250 in the world. These will be nearly impossible to come by — but we've got one in stock right now. Be sure to call your Sales Engineer now to make sure it's yours.

The story behind the "Pearly Gates"
Gibbons was a young musician weaned on blues and rock in Texas. After years of listening to such greats as Eric Clapton, Gibbons began his search for his first Les Paul guitar. His search included a '58 Flying V but the guitar that he was destined to find and nickname "Pearly Gates" was a '59 Les Paul. It didn't come to Gibbons right away but through a girlfriend, a thirties model Packard automobile, and part in a movie. Gibbons notes that in the early days of the band they acquired a Packard automobile. It was a huge vehicle that caused a stir on the road. Not long after they acquired the vehicle one of their girlfriends needed a way to get to California to try out for a movie part. The band gave her the Packard to get there and the girlfriend got the part. Thinking the car had special powers, they named it "Pearly Gates." Later the girlfriend sold the car to a collector and sent the money to the band. The money arrived the same day Gibbons got an offer to buy an old guitar, a '59 Sunburst Les Paul, he bought it. After calling the girlfriend to discuss the circumstances both agreed that the money went for a good cause and since it came from the Packard they decided to keep the name "Pearly Gates" for the guitar and the rest is history. Billy continues to make divine music to this day on the legendary instrument. The '59 Gibson Les Paul is one of the most desirable guitars today.

Figured maple tops selected just for "Pearly Gates"
You won't believe the figured maple top on the Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates VOS. It was painstakingly selected for this guitar, and each is as beautiful as the top that adorns the original.

Carefully matched Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish
Gibson Custom has matched the faded Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish almost perfectly. You'll do a double-take the first time you see it. The naturally darkened edges give way to the beautiful patterns of the maple grain. Even the original's distinct red mahogany back is intact. Granted, no two guitars could ever have exactly the same top and finish. This is as close as it gets and any guitar collector or musician will notice the unbelievable finishes.

Get Billy's tone with Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers
Gibbons uses Pearly Gates only in the studio. In concert, he relies on Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers to replicate its legendary tone. Seymour Duncan says they're "sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar." Awesome.

Built like Billy's original Pearly Gates in every way
No detail was overlooked, just like you'd want it. There's all nickel hardware, gold top hat control knobs, vintage Kluson-style tulip tuners, and a lightweight aluminum string-over stopbar that lets you set up the strings just like Billy. The one-piece mahogany neck with a 1959 rounded profile also sports the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson's Golden Era. You also get period-correct CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors.

Gibson Custom Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates VOS Features:

  • LTD Edition collectible — 1 of just 250 worldwide
  • New "Vintage Original Spec" of Billy Gibbons' 1959 Les Paul
  • Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers
  • Carefully matched Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish

Only 250 of this collectible guitar have been made — call Sweetwater today to make sure you get this one!

 
 
 
 
 
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