Gibson / Collector's Choice #16 Aged 1959 Les Paul Redeye Ed King 59 R9 / 2013 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

For those of you unfamiliar with the bewildering array of Les Paul iterations, the Collectors Choice is a series of guitars, built in limited numbers, that reproduce noteworthy Gibsons. These can be either artists owned guitars or simply superb examples. They are built to a high standard using traditional techniques with particular attention to materials used, this particular one being a True Historic spec.

This is the 16th in the series and is modelled after Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1959 Les Paul, Red Eye. The guitar was so called due to the unique way the lacquer had faded, undoubtedly due to a label obscuring a section of lacquer and leaving it unfaded.

The custom shop took great care to ensure that all aspects of the guitar were copied, in particular the weight and the neck carve.

The guitar itself is in fantastic, near MINT condition having been very well cared for. The top is a stunning piece of book matched flamed maple. All the dinks and knocks are copied from the original.

The neck is in great condition with no real wear which can also be said of the fretboard and frets. The headstock has been reliced to match the original.

Hardware has been aged and is in good condition as are the plastics.

Electrically everything looks correct and undisturbed.

The guitar comes with its Gibson Custom Shop hard-shell case and all the case candy plus documentation you see in the pics,

Its a joy to play with a sublime ‘59 profile neck and the Burstbucker pickups delivering a those wonderful PAF-like tones.

One of a run of 300, these Collectors choice guitars exude quality and attention to detail.. With looks and tone to die for, what more could you want?


  • Single layer Rosewood fingerboards with real celluloid inlays
  • Aniline dye: Aniline dye is a vintage woodcraft coloring material and technique that results in superior wood grain presentation and depth of color
  • Kluson “Deluxe” Green Keys: These “new” tuning keys are as near a replica of the original Kluson tuners as is available. They feature the proper vintage profile, color and performance specifications
  • Hot Hide Glue Neck-Fit and One-piece rosewood fingerboard also Hide Glued. Many argue that the original hide-glue guitars have a different tone than those with synthetic glue
  • Custom Bucker Pickups created in the image of the original PAFs. These are the most accurate recreation of the original 50’s PAF pickups to date
  • Historic Truss Rod Assembly. Re-engineered truss rod, truss rod washer and anchor to their original form. Original vintage Gibsons did not have the “tubing” that surrounds the truss rod of modern Gibsons
  • Accurate Vintage Color Fingerboard and Body Binding. A darker cream color to match the original 50’s Gibsons
  • Back colors have been reformulated to capture the deeper, richer tones of the original 50’s Gibsons.

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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