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Rick Nielsen's 1959 Les Paul Replicated
Like owning Rick's Original '59 LP, Approved by Rick Nielsen, Vintage feel
Starting at $8,599
Gibson Custom is proud to announce the Limited release of the Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard, a precise replica of the 'Burst that has been Rick's favorite stage and studio guitar since he acquired it over a quarter of a century ago. From the start, the foundation of one of rock and roll's most lasting legacies has been Rick Nielsen. The guitarist, writer and seemingly endless source of energy is known to the masses for his songsmith's prowess and guitar skills on stage and in the studio with Cheap Trick, but to guitarists, there's a whole other level of Rick's expertise. To those who love guitars and love to collect them, Rick is an authority on the instrument itself, known the world over as one of the most ambitious and knowledgeable guitar collectors.

For the last 25 years, an original 1959 Les Paul has been along for the ride, flying precariously through the air in the hands of Rick Nielsen, who hasn't spent much time without it since the two found each other a quarter century ago. He's become so attached to the original that he insists on bringing it on the road, a demand that his road crew isn't too thrilled about. "It's a valuable guitar, so it takes up most of our insurance rider coverage," Rick observes with a laugh.

So that Rick can travel with the authentic look, tone, and feel of his original, and so that a few players and collectors can enjoy an ownership experience to rival Rick's own, Gibson Custom has worked directly with Rick and his original 1959 Les Paul to replicate his original at a level of detail so fine that Rick himself put the prototype and the original side by side and declared the results "remarkable."

Crafted to True Historic Specifications and offered in two finish options (Aged and Vintage Gloss), and with the first 50 hand-signed by the artist himself, the Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard is available on a limited basis, with qualifying materials ultimately determining the size of the run.
True Historic Plastics and Details Based on lab analysis of original Gibson plastics from the 1950s, the plastics on the True Historic's including the Toggle Washer, Cream Jackplate, Cream Pickguard, Pickup Mounting Rings and Toggle Switch Cap have been reformulated and re-engineered to the original specifications of their vintage counterparts. Double-Carved Top and Neck Preserves vintage curves and feel to accurately match Rick Neilsen's original '59 Thin, Wet-Sanded Nitro finish Deep, lush, "Neilsen Burst" looks from a labor-intensive wet-sanding process True Historic Pickup Covers Engineered and manufactured to capture every nuance and angle of original vintage pickup covers Hand-Aged Finish Hand-aged examples have every ding, dent, scratch and fade matched precisely to the original road warrior Specially-Wound Custom Bucker PAFs Custom wound to match the unique tone of Rick Nielsen's own '59 "Broken" Edges Throughout Softer edges for the correct smooth vintage feel and a heightened level of accuracy. Smooth radiuses are found throughout the body as well as the most critical point, at the fretboard binding, which results in an immediately comfortable guitar with a broken in feel 50s-era Hide-Glue Construction Essential to period-correct, old-school construction and vintage-grade tone Aniline Dye Capturing that perfect '50s red, both pre- and post-fading
 
Body
Top
Back
Top
Wood Species: Figured Maple
Pieces: 2
Grade:
Binding: Single Bound, True Historic Reissue Cream
 
Back
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
Density:
Binding: Top Only
Weight
Weight Relief: None
Average Weight (body only): 3.175 kg / 7.0 lbs average
 
Materials Used
Glue: Hand Applied Hide Glue
 
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Hand selected backs for lightweight
 
Body Contour
Carve: Original 1959 Les Paul
Neck
Neck
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
 
Details
Truss Rod: Historic Reissue-No Tubing
Profile: 1959 Les Paul
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 True Historic Thin Head Veneer
Inlay: Pearl
Peg Head Binding: None
Silkscreen: "Les Paul"
Headstock Angle: 17 Degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Holly head veneer has been re-tooled, reproducing the original thinner specification of the late 1950's
 
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: Solid Indian Rosewood
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: .040 True Historic Reissue Cream
Side Dots (Color): Tortoise Shell
 
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Trapezoid
Material: Aged Nitrocellulose
Dimensions: 2.921 cm x 1.7018 cm / 1.150" x .670"
Average Weight: .75 lbs / .340194 kg
Finishes
Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Aged and Signed
Color Code: ASNB
Surface Texture: Hand Aged, True Historic, Wet-Sanded, Thin Lacquer Finish-Signed by Rick Nielsen
Filler: Vintage Brown
Sealer: Nitro Cellulose
Top:
Top Coat: Nitro Cellulose
Scraped: True Historic Process To Preserve Soft Neck Binding Profile and Body Binding Ledge
Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Aged
Color Code: ANB
Surface Texture: Hand Aged, True Historic, Wet-Sanded, Thin Lacquer Finish
Filler: Vintage Brown
Sealer: Nitro Cellulose
Top:
Top Coat: Nitro Cellulose
Scraped: True Historic Process To Preserve Soft Neck Binding Profile and Body Binding Ledge
Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Vintage Gloss
Color Code: NB
Surface Texture: True Historic, Wet-Sanded, Thin Lacquer Finish
Filler: Vintage Brown
Sealer: Nitro Cellulose
Top:
Top Coat: Nitro Cellulose
Scraped: True Historic Process To Preserve Soft Neck Binding Profile and Body Binding Ledge
Electronics
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: Custom Bucker Custom Bucker
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5500-5750 5500-5750
Material of Wire (gauge): #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"
Coil Material: ABS ABS
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 59.7 cm / 23.5" 59.7 cm / 23.5"
Slug Material: 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 47.3075 cm / 18.625" 47.3075 cm / 18.625"
Magnet Material: Alnico III Alnico III
Magnet Position from Nut: 58.36 cm / 22.975" 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"
Polarities:
Cover: True Historic Replica VOS Nickel True Historic Replica VOS Nickel
Qfactor:
ResistanceDC: 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:
 
  Lead Tone Rhythm Tone
Type: 500k Audio 500k Audio
Peak Voltage:
Range: +/- 5% +/- 5%
Power Rating:
Resistance Tolerance:
Minimum Resistance:
 
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm Value
  .022mf .022mf
Hardware
Tuning Keys
Style: Reissue Kluson Deluxe Green Keys, Single Band
Material: Nickel Plated Steel
Weight: 3.6 oz
 
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 41990.50069
Gear Type: Closed
What is allowable turn: 0.25
Plating specs: Nickel Plated Stamped Steel
Part numbers: 130-430-14889/90
 
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: Nickel Plated
Plating Specs: Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy for casting flow-Nickel Plated
Part number: 130-430-10161
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: Reissue Lightweight Aluminum
Compensated: No
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: Nickel
Part number: 130-430-11738
Weight: .0311845 kg / 1.1 oz
 
Output Jack
Style: 1/4"
 
Jack Plate
Style: 59 True Historic
Material: Single Laminate Acrylic
Part Number: 130-430-19299C
Weight: .0056699 kg / .2 oz
 
Strap Buttons
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 130-430-19150
Weight: .0141748 kg / .5 oz
Plastics
Pick Guard
Style: 59 True Historic-Mulit-Laminate Acrylic
Part Number: 130-430-12768
 
Truss Rod Cover
Style: True Historic
Part Number: 130-430-19784
 
Knobs
Style: True Historic Butyrate Gold Top Hats
Part Number: 130-430-19778V
 
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: 2016 Die Cast Gibson Custom Medallion
Part Number: 130-430-19016
 
Switch Washer
Style: True Historic Cream Single Layer Acrylic
Part Number: 130-430-19292C
 
Trim Rings
Style: True Historic Cream Replica w/Tool Marks
Part Number: 130-430-13891V/130-430-13892V
Accessories
Case
Style: Reissue Les Paul (Signed Guitar Comes with Aged Case)
Color: Reissue Brown with Pink Fur Lining
 
Strap Locks: None
Tools: None
 
Manual: None
COA/Other: Aged & Signed Guitar: Engraved Artist COA in Leather Binder, Guitar is Hand Signed by Rick Nielsen. Aged Guitar: Artist COA Signed by Rick Nielsen and held in a Standard Binder, Vintage Gloss Guitar: Artist COA Signed by Rick Nielsen
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