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1999 Gibson Custom Les Paul Standard 40th Anniversary guitar for sale

Wonderful time machine late nineties 40th Anniversary Gibson Custom ’59 Reissue in remarkable, barely played condition. The pre-VOS finish is still glossy and lustrous and the top is something else... The tight, book-matched chevron flame has just the right amount of movement and figures perfectly framed with a stunning faded Heritage Cherry Sunburst.

At the time of manufacture, these guitars were as close as you could get to the real deal with Gibson paying more attention than ever before to historical accuracy. This included a more realistic "dish" to the top, more accurate binding, body, headstock, and neck shape, knob placement, and a more accurate sunburst finish. They were loaded with Gibson's '57 Classic PAF pickups which give a vintage voiced, airy, balanced tone, and excellent clarity.

There's debate over the "Anniversary" status of the reissue models from this year as Gibson produced some R9s with certificates and some without despite being in essence the same model. Some came with reissue brown cases and a copy of Beauty of the Burst, and a limited number were also aged by Tom Murphy's company "Guitar Preservation" at the time. This particular example comes with its' original black Custom, Art & Historic Gibson case. The hangtag displays the serial number 991305 - one digit away from the number on the guitar. An easy mistake to make.

The neck is a fairly chunky ’59 C profile measuring 22.88mm at the 1st fret and 25.54mm at the 12th, nut width is 43.4mm. The fingerboard is an incredibly dark cut of Rosewood, of the quality you struggle to see in recent years. The body is a single piece of Mahogany, as is the neck, and the guitar weighs in at a very comfortable 8.9lbs or 4.05kg.

A stunning, rare, collectible model in superb condition.

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