The original Les Paul Model featured a gold finish from its introduction in 1952 until it received a new cherry sunburst in 1958 along with a new name, "Les Paul Standard." It debuted at the July 1958 Music Industry Trade Show in Chicago but it didn't catch on until its beautiful appearance and resonant properties inspired the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Duane Allman, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Joe Perry — and eventually Slash — to perform with one.

 

Slash

 

And although Slash uses his beat-up 1958 Les Paul Standard regularly in the studio, he didn’t know until a recent discovery that it was a hugely important piece of guitar history. Shipping records confirm that Slash's guitar (serial #8 3096) was actually sent to that historic 1958 Music Industry Trade Show as one of the first two sunburst Les Pauls ever made and the first ever to feature a two-piece center-seamed maple top, a key feature of the Les Paul Standard.

 

Gibson 1958 Les Paul ledger page (historical document)

Original shipping record from May 28th, 1958 showing the first two “Special Finish” Sunburst Les Pauls. #8-3096 had a two-piece, center-seam maple top just like a production Les Paul Standard model have while the other, #8-3087, had a three-piece off-center maple top and was likely intended to be a goldtop Les Paul.

 

That makes Slash’s guitar the first production Les Paul Standard model! So, this year Gibson Custom and Slash set out to capture the magic, vibe and history of #8-3096 for a special run of replicas. It was perhaps the most advantageous and laborious guitar recreation project Custom Shop has ever undertaken given the extreme finish checking, wear and corrosion of the original, not to mention the exact replication of the neck dimensions, colors and construction. The resulting prototype was sent to Slash and his reaction made all the painstaking work worth it: “Mind-blowing. I couldn’t have possibly wanted anything more.”

Now is your chance to own this instantly-collectible, playable work of art which pays homage to both a legendary player and legendary Gibson model — a perfect replica of Slash’s “First Standard.”

 

1958-Music-Industry-Trade-Show-Program

Original program from the 1958 Music Industry Trade Show