Lovies Guitars has a legendary reissue up for grabs, a 2016 Gibson Les Paul True Historic in an eye popping Vintage Cherry Burst Flame Top that has been aged. The New Gibson Custom True Historic 1958 Les Paul for 2016, has reached the most extraordinary level of accuracy to date. With updated appointments and obsessive attention to detail, True Historic is an entirely authentic ownership experiences placing the beauty, feel, and tone of an original 1950’s Gibson in your hands. True Historic guitars feature re-formulated plastics based on lab analysis of original parts that were provided for study by the vintage guitar community. Each part has been recreated with the sole purpose being exactly the right color, made from the right materials, and to look, feel, and perform as if they were plucked from an original 50’s Gibson guitar. Gibson Custom has introduced several key processes and re-trained selected team members in order to handle the challenge of recreating the most accurate reissues ever. Getting every detail right adds times and labor to each guitar, but the has been to see how fast of efficiently a Historic Reissue can be made. With True Historic, the concept of efficiency isn’t a luxury that can be afforded – not when the goal is to recreate the world’s most sought after electric guitars down to a level so meticulous that is borders on forgery. Based on lab analysis of original Gibson plastics from the 1950’s, the plastics on the True Historic range, including the Toggle Washer, Cream Jackplate, Cream Pickguard, Pickup Mounting Rings and Toggle switch Cap, have been re-formulated and re-engineered to the original specifications of their vintage counterparts. Even the tool marks, where applicable, have been recreated in exceptional detail. Turn over one of the pickup mounting rings from a True Historic Les Paul, and you’ll see the part numbers, tooling marks, and manufacturer mark just as you would find on an original mounting ring from a 1950’s Gibson. As another example of the attention to detail invested in a True Historic Les Paul, the knobs are now made from the same materials as the originals and are hand-painted in a tow part process by filling the numbers from the inside of the knob in one pass, then the knob’s color in a second pass – both steps by hand. The re-engineered True Vintage knobs were designed so the spines from the knob line up properly to fit the shaft of the CTS potentiometers. All of this required completely new engineering and tooling. Gibson pickup covers from the 1950’s had many unique subtleties due to the manufacturing process used to create the cover. The pole piece holes were punched from the underside, the pickup covers were sanded from the top before plating. This process was a contributing factor in the final look of the cover. True Vintage pickups covers capture these “imperfections” and inconsistencies in their entirety. To recapture the top carve profile of the original Vintage Gibson Les Pauls, all True Historic Les Pauls are double-carved by CNC, with the final shape of their dish carve achieved through a hand-sanding process. This replaces the single-pass carving and “slack-belting” process previously in place, and retains the more prominent dish carve and softer edges as found on Les Pauls of the 1950’s. Like the new top carve process, the necks on all True Historic guitars are double carved and then hand-sanded to achieve that legendary vintage Gibson neck profile; the “beefy”, solid feel of a beautifully hand-crafted Les Paul that rests in the player’s hand like no other guitar. The peghead profile of an original 1959 Les Paul has a nearly imperceivable rounding to its outer edges. You’ll notice the same characteristic throughout the fine edges of the True Historic range, including the pickup cavities, neck, and body. To recapture this subtle detail, Gibson Custom has updated its build processes with new hand-sanding procedures, ensuring that every True Historic Les Paul gives off the aura of an original at the deepest level of detail. Original Les Pauls of the 1950’s featured a thin peghead veneer, with “Gibson” proudly inlaid into it before being fixed to the headstock. In the decades that followed, subtle material and dimensional changes began to occur, and the veneer grew slighlty thicker. True Historic Les Pauls feature the original 50’s thing peghead veneer and, of course, the inlaid pearl “Gibson” logo that stands for the price and authenticity of the World’s Finest Guitars. All True Historic guitars from Gibson Custom are sprayed with thinner finishes, as were the original 1950’s guitars. As changes were made to the finishing processes in the post-1950’s era, finishes became thicker to allow for more aggressive buffing and sanding with handheld pneumatic “buss” sanders. To recreate the thinner, vintage-style finish on True Historic guitars, Gibson Custom has incorporated new processes including revised spraying techniques, as well as dry and wet sanding by hand. The difference is brilliantly exhibited in such depth and authentic vibe that is undeniably vintage Gibson. Of the utmost importance to any guitar is its playability; the feel of the neck, frets, and strings when in use. True Historic Les Pauls feature updates to the fret and fingerboard dressing process to achieve the feel and performance of their 1950’s counterparts. Like a vintage Gibson, True Historic Les Pauls have a soft roll to the binding edge, making the feel of the neck exceptionally comfortable, with no sharp edges. To make the neck feel complete and authentic, the fret wire has just the right amount of height for a distinctively smooth touch. An original vintage Gibson’s neck binding has little to no scraping line where the binding meets the body, resulting in a smooth, uninterrupted playing feel. At the same time, a vintage Gibson’s body binding will typically have a deeper scraping line. For True Historic guitars, Gibson Custom has made sure that both of these distinguishing features are recreated in the precise detail so that the experience of owning a vintage Gibson les Paul is complete, even in the tiniest details. In 2013, Gibson Custom re-introduced the use of hide glue neck construction in its Historic Reissue guitars – a very old-school technique and material that had long since been replaced by synthetic glue for its faster set time and ease of use. While it may sound simple, it represented a major learning curve and reset of the neck fit area and team. In 2015, Gibson Custom extends the use of hide glue to join the back and top of every True Historic guitar, just as it was done in the 1950’s. The last step in the crafting of a True Historic Les Paul is the build out and set up. Steps have been added at the end of the line to guarantee the best build out and set up; completing an initial set up process as well as tensioning the neck for a greater amount of time before another, secondary and final set up. This final setup is their promise to bring you the experience of holding and playing a real vintage Gibson. You simply can’t get closer to the real thing… than the real thing. This guitar is in Fantastic shape, super clean! ALL Original- NO Breaks, Cracks or Repairs! COA, Candy and Original Hard Shell Case included!!
Weighs in at 8.30 lbs
.903” at the 1st Fret
1.000” at the 12th
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