UPDATE February 11, 2014: The Billy F Gibbons Goldtop is a reality! When we first previewed the thoroughly bad ass Billy Gibbons Pinstriped Goldtop Les Paul prototype at NAMM over two years ago (see below), we were told it might become production someday. Well, we’ve been praying to the good reverend ever since, and that someday is now! Aged and VOS versions are coming to The Zoo as we type this. Want to put one in your collection? Contact our sales team right now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gibson’s press release:
Gibson Custom is excited to announce the Sales release of the Billy Gibbons Les Paul Goldtop, a legend’s take on a legendary guitar. We worked closely with Billy over the course of several years to bring to life this exceptionally beautiful, lightweight and incredible sounding guitar. From the hand painted pin-stripe on each one (designed by Billy Gibbons and applied one-at-a-time by pin striping master Rick Harris and an in-house artist trained by him), to the unique wear pattern that includes a Texas-shaped belt-buckle wear mark on the back of the aged version, this is a visually amazing guitar. Its chambered mahogany body makes it ultra-lightweight and a joy to hold and play. The chambering also compliments a front and rear set of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups. Because Billy’s personal choice between front or rear pickup is “both”, you’ll notice there’s no Rhythm/Treble switch at the upper bout. Its neck-profile is a replica of Billy’s own Goldtop.
Here’s the first official Gibson press photo of the aged version:
And here’s how we found the prototype at NAMM 2012:
At NAMM 2012 we saw up close in person what fans have so far only been lucky enough to see on stage – this amazing heavily aged Gibson Custom Shop Goldtop belonging to Billy Gibbons. Not only did Billy do the pinstriping himself, he even did all the aging by hand. We have to say, he absolutely killed it. Billy’s hot rodding roots are clearly the inspiration for the retro detailing. The three knob setup is volume/volume/master tone and the body is chambered. Look at the belt buckle rash on the back – it’s Texas! We wouldn’t be surprised if Billy was bad ass enough that all his belt buckle rash on every guitar he plays took that shape.
The best news? Gibson is planning to produce this guitar. We’re happy to hear that this masterpiece from the master of mojo will multiply.