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Collector's Choice #22 Tommy Colletti 1959 Les Paul Custom
A Hand Crafted Replica of A Vintage "Black Beauty"
$9,199
Gibson Custom Introduces Collector's Choice #22- Tommy Colletti's 1959 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty", a very precise replica of Tommy's original featuring True Historic Finish processes and build techniques. An authentic vintage ownership experience delivered with amazing attention to detail in its craftsmanship, tone and materials.
Body
Top
Back
Top
Wood Species:
Pieces:
Grade:
Binding: 7 Ply WBW
 
Back
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
Density:
Binding: 5 Ply WBW
Weight
Weight Relief: None
Average Weight (body only): 3.175 kg / 7.0 lbs average
 
Materials Used
Glue:
 
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Hand selected backs
 
Body Contour
Carve: Original 1959 Les Paul Custom
Neck
Neck
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
 
Details
Truss Rod: Historic Reissue-No Tubing
Profile: 1959 Les Paul Custom
Thickness at Fret 1: 2.26 cm /.900"
Thickness at Fret 12: 2.54 cm / 1.0"
Other Materials:
Average Weight: .453592 kg / 1.25 lbs
 
Peg Head
Type: 1959 Les Paul Custom Historic Holly Head Veneer
Inlay: Les Paul Custom Pearl
Peg Head Binding: 5 Ply WBWBW
Silkscreen:
Headstock Angle: 17 Degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Diamond Shaped Pearl Inlays-Les Paul Custom
 
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 4 Degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance:
Type: Reissue
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
Gauges Used: Pitch and Alignment Gauge
Nut
Style: 6/6
Material: Nylon
Width: 4.28 cm / 1.687"
Slots: E: .13716 cm / 0.054"
A: .10414 cm / 0.041"
D: .04826 cm / 0.019"
G: .0381 cm / 0.015"
B: .03556 cm / 0.014"

e: .03048 cm / 0.012"
 
Fingerboard
Wood Species: Ebony
Pieces: 1
Shade:
 
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.38 cm / 12"
Frets: 22
Nut/End of Board: 4.28498 cm / 1.687" @ nut, 5.6896 cm / 2.24" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: .063 White
Side Dots (Color): Black
 
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Block
Material: Pearl
Dimensions: Large: 2.921 cm x 1.7018 cm / 1.080" x .875"
3.937 cm x .6096 cm / 1.375 x .155"
Average Weight: .75 lbs / .340194 kg
Finishes
Ebony
Color Code: EB
Surface Texture: Lightly Aged
Filler: Walnut
Sealer: Nitro Cellulose
Top: Nitro Cellulose
Top Coat: Nitro Cellulose
Scraped: Hand Scraped Binding
An Original 1959 "Black Beauty" Replicated in Amazing Detail
Now that Gibson's late-'50s Les Pauls are the most desirable guitars on earth, it's all too easy to forget that Gibson had an entire catalogue of different models at the time, many of which were much more commercially successful than the eventual undisputed "holy grail" of electric solid body guitars.

Gibson Custom's latest addition to its Collector's Choice series is a bold reminder that there were absolute gems being handcrafted by Gibson in '59, and that they didn't all have a sunburst finish and figured maple top.

Introducing Collector's Choice #22 Tommy Colletti's 1959 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty", a very precise replica of the original owned by Tommy (owner of The Music Zoo in New York and longtime Gibson Custom Shop Dealer), featuring True Historic Finish processes and build techniques. Each one of this very limited run of guitars (up to 300 worldwide) has a True Historic Vintage Lamp Black finish and sports double-carved and hand-sanded top and neck profiles taken directly from the original via digital scanning.
Electronics
Pickups Rhythm Middle Lead
Style: Custom Bucker Custom Bucker Custom Bucker
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5200-5590 5200-5590 5200-5590
Material of Wire (gauge): #42 Enamel #42 Enamel #42 Enamel
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375" 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375" 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375"
Coil Material: ABS ABS ABS
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 47.3075 cm / 18.625" 53.50 cm / 21.065" 59.7 cm / 23.5"
Slug Material: 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): .4826 cm x 1.24206 cm / .190 x .480" .4826 cm x 1.24206 cm / .190 x .480" .4826 cm x 1.24206 cm / .190 x .480"
Magnet Material: Alnico III Alnico III Alnico III
Magnet Position from Nut: 48.1965 cm / 18.975" 53.2675 cm / 20.975" 58.36 cm / 22.975"
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125" 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125" 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125"
Polarities:
Cover: Historic Replica Gold Historic Replica Gold Historic Replica Gold
Qfactor:
ResistanceDC: 8.0k 8.0k 8.5k
Resonant Frequency:
Tonal & Resonant Advancements:
Control Pocket Assembly Lead Volume Rhythm Volume
Type: 500k Audio 500k Audio
Peak Voltage:
Range: +/- 5% +/- 5%
Power Rating:
Resistance Tolerance:
Minimum Resistance:
 
 
Type:
Peak Voltage:
Range:
Power Rating:
Resistance Tolerance:
Minimum Resistance:
 
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm Value
  .022mf .022mf
Hardware
Tuning Keys
Style: Grover Kidney
Material: Gold
Weight: 3.6 oz
 
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 41990.50069
Gear Type: Closed
What is allowable turn: 0.25
Plating specs: Gold Plated Stamped Steel
Part numbers: 130-430-14006/007
 
String Dimensions
E: .11684 cm / .046W
A: .09144 cm / .036W
D: .06604 cm / .026W
G: .04318 cm / .017P
B: .03302 cm / .013P
e: .0254 cm / .010P
 
Bridge
Style: ABR With Thumbwheels
Material: Gold Plated
Plating Specs: Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy for casting flow-Nickel Plated
Part number: 130-430-10160
Weight: .0637 kg / 2.25 oz.
 
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 0.1778 cm / 0.070"
A: 0.13716 cm / 0.054"
D: 0.1016 cm / 0.040"
G: 0.0635 cm / 0.025"
B: 0.0508 cm / 0.02"
e: 0.0381 cm / 0.015"
 
Tailpiece
Style: Stop Bar
Compensated: No
Material: Lightweight Aluminum
Plating Specs: Gold
Part number: 130-430-11739
Weight: .0311845 kg / 1.1 oz
 
Output Jack
Style: 1/4"
 
Jack Plate
Style: "Oreo" WBW
Material: ABS
Part Number: 130-430-19805
Weight: .0056699 kg / .2 oz
 
Strap Buttons
Material: Brass
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 130-430-19321
Weight: .0141748 kg / .5 oz
Plastics
Pick Guard
Style: 1959 Les Paul Custom 5 Ply BWB
Part Number: 130-430-12184
 
Truss Rod Cover
Style: Hot Stamped "Custom"
Part Number: 130-430-19784
 
Knobs
Style: Black Top Hats
Part Number: 130-430-19669
 
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: Yes
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: Reissue Les Paul .09 Black Royalite
Part Number: 130-430-19808
 
Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)
Style: 2015 Die Cast Gibson Custom Medallion
Part Number: 130-430-19016
 
Switch Washer
Style: Black Replica
Part Number: 130-430-19295
 
Trim Rings
Style: Black Replica
Part Number: 130-430-13851/852
Accessories
Case
Style: Reissue Les Paul
Color: Reissue Brown with Pink Fur Lining
 
Strap Locks: None
Tools: None
 
Manual: None
COA/Other: Custom Shop Collector's Choice Certificate of Authenticity in Binder, Extra Black Plastic Treble/Rhythm Switch Cover Plate
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