Collector's Choice™ #7 1960 Les Paul "Shanks"
All 1958 to 1960 ’Bursts are highly collectible, but a handful of transitional guitars that blend the ever-evolving specs are even more prized. As the chunky, rounded neck profile of the ’59 segued into the slimmer, faster profile of the ’60 Les Paul Standard, a mere handful of fatter ’50s-necked examples slipped into the new model year, and of these, the Les Paul owned by legendary music producer and songwriter John Shanks is known to be as good as it gets. Gibson Custom is proud to announce the release of the Collector’s Choice™ #7 1960 Les Paul, an exacting recreation of this hit-making, Grammy Award Winning producer’s beloved Les Paul. As with each guitar in the Collector’s Choice™ series, John has generously allowed the Gibson Custom team intimate access to his prized ’Burst, so that every minute detail necessary to recreate the look, feel, and tone of the original has been captured. As a result, you get the precise neck profile, top carve, and vibrant finish— with a deep-cherry edge fading ever so slightly to washed-cherry toward the center of the body—as well as every drop of transition ’Burst tone thanks to a pair of accurately reproduced Custom Buckers with Alnico III magnets. In short, the Collector’s Choice™ #7 1960 Les Paul is as close as you’ll come to owning the real thing.
Body
Carved top using maple hand-selected to accurately match the original, and lightweight one-piece mahogany body, all with accurate light ageing.
Neck/Fingerboard
Glued-in mahogany neck with rounded late-’50s profile, one-piece rosewood fingerboard with cellulose inlays.
Finish
Impressively rich Faded Cherry Sunburst finish, subtly aged to match that of the original guitar.
Electronics
Custom Buckers wound to accurately re-create the original PAFs. Individual volume and tone controls with “bumble bee” capacitors and a three-way switch.
Hardware
Period correct Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and Grover™ kidney button tuners, all in aged nickel.
Plastics
Aged, vintage correct pickguard, binding, and top-hat knobs.

Collector's Choice™ #7 1960 Les Paul
"Shanks"
The Closest Thing to Owning the World's Most Prized Les Paul
 
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