We love the idea behind the Collectors Choice Series from the Gibson Custom Shop. Instead of reissuing an entire year of Les Pauls, i.e. the '57, 58, or 59 Les Paul, the Collectors Choice takes one specific guitar built in those historic years, and clones the instrument down to a T. This is the 17th instrument released from the Collectors Series guitars: a 1959 Les Paul borrowed from Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson, which he lovingly nicknamed "Louis."
The original '59 9-1062 (aka "Louis") was acquired by Keith Nelson when a longtime friend and vintage guitar broker gave him the opportunity to play six original 1959 Les Pauls side by side. Must be nice! Nelson put each guitar through the ringer, carefully playing and feeling out each, until he settled on what would become his workhorse axe. This incredible ’59 was kept in incredible condition for 30 years in a private condition, with a softly faded burst and sweet tone. However Nelson had no plans on keeping Louis locked up, using it to record Buckcherry’s 2013 release Confessions and playing it at every live show since.
All the nuances of this well played and well maintained guitar have been recreated with startling accuracy, using digital scanning and professional audio testing. Of course, like other 2013 Custom Shop Reissues, Rosie was constructed using a hide glue neck joint, historically accurate truss rod assembly, aniline dye for the back and sides, accurate binding, and a single layer rosewood fretboard. This will get you as close as possible to owning one of the quintessential rock relics of all time.
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