Doesn't it look like someone skipped a stone across a lake of flame maple? Call us crazy, but we'd like to swim around in that bourbon! Beautiful depth and definition to be seen in this top.
The Music Zoo is incredibly happy to offer the brand-new and reinvented Gibson Custom Shop 2013 Limited Edition 1960 Les Paul Reissue. Along with all the fantastic changes that the Custom Shop made to create one of the best reissues ever with the 2013 model - we've tweaked it just a bit more to get this Limited Edition '60 exactly the way we wanted it, and not to pat ourselves on the back too much...but we believe that we got it right.
What makes this Limited '60 Les Paul unlike any other 2013 Reissue are mainly three components; these guitars have Underwound Custom Bucker Pickups as well as TonePros long posts and studs. A s getting modern humbuckers as close to the original PAF pickups are the bane of any Les Paul aficionados existence (including ours), we really wanted to nail that bell-like (almost single coil-esque) clarity of the original '50s pickups. We found that under-winding the pickup gave us exactly what we were looking for; a lush wave of overtones that really bring out the best of every note in your playing. As guitarists who have played original Les Pauls with real-deal PAF's - we can say for sure that these are up there with some of the best recreations we've ever heard.
Next up, we gave the guitar TonePros long studs and posts; because it seemed to just make sense. The bridge and tailpiece are where all the guitars sustain comes from - why not have the posts and studs really anchoredin there for the tightest connection possible? You hear the difference with one strum. Lastly, we brought back the Version 2 neck shape from the 50th Anniversary run of '60 Les Pauls with measurements of .8/.925" - it's got the shoulders of a '59 with less of a "belly" in between. It's the perfect fit, if you ask us.
The 2013 Reissue Changes: The mahogany back and sides of the guitars are stained with aniline dye, which presents the mahogany grain in the best detail possible. The truss rod in the mahogany neck is unsheathed from its tube encasing from previous years, and the neck is fitted to the body with hide glue. These are changes which we feel increases the resonance of the instrument, and the hide-glue also is helpful in removing the neck of the guitar for repair without damaging the surrounding wood of the body. The Kluson Deluxe double-band tuners have been redesigned, with a proper vintage shape and color. Also, the fretboard and body binding has been darkened color-wise for a more vintage-accurate look.
All in all, we thought we couldn't be any bigger fans of the Historic Reissue Les Paul at the Music Zoo than we already are, but these guitars have without a doubt taken it up a notch. They're all resonant, toneful, and best of all - fun to play. Pick one up, and see for yourself.
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