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Of all of today’s Les Paul-wielding artists Joe Bonamassa is among the most revered, and the astounding 1959 model that he affectionately calls “Principal Skinner” is the most beloved guitar in his extensive collection. Now, following a long-coming collaboration between Joe and Gibson Custom, we are delighted to present “Skinnerburst,” a detail-perfect recreation of what is possibly the hardest working 1959 Les Paul in the world today. Through unrestricted access to the original and Joe’s generous cooperation, Gibson Custom has scanned, studied and measured every spec, curve and parameter of this guitar to bring you an instrument that reproduces this prized ‘burst in every possible way, exactly as it looks, feels, and sounds today.
From its delectably faded Dirty Lemon finish, to its custom-wound humbucking pickups, to its precise top carve and neck profile, the Joe Bonamassa “Skinnerburst” 1959 Les Paul gets you as close as is humanly possible to a priceless artist’s guitar. Historically accurate binding colors, aged cellulose trapezoid inlays, hot-hide glue neck construction, and period-correct hardware all complement a breathtaking rendition of Joe’s constant stage and studio companion. Of 150 guitars hand-aged by unparalleled ageing artist Tom Murphy, 50 will be played and signed by Joe himself; a further 150 will be treated to Gibson Custom’s VOS process, making a Limited Edition of 300 guitars in total.
The maple top’s figuring and carved arch are precisely matched to Joe’s original “Skinnerburst.”
Gibson’s CustomBucker and Burstbucker pickups are made to the precise specs of the original PAFs in Joe’s favored original ’59 Les Paul.
Nickel-plated Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar deliver burst-certified sustain.
Precise Neck Profile
The precise profile and feel of Joe’s guitar are recreated in a stunningly accurate ’59 neck shape.
The Beauty of a Time Faded Burst
Skinnerburst—an accurate recreation of the luscious fade of a ’59 sunburst Les Paul’s top to a shade commonly referred to as “Dirty Lemon”.
Authentic hand-aging by Tom Murphy (150 guitars) to match the playing wear of Joe’s own ’59 Les Paul.
Joe Bonamassa "Skinnerburst" 1959 Les Paul
A Precise Recreation of Joe's Most Prized Les Paul
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