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Gibson Benchmark And Custom Run Guitars


Do you want to stand out from the crowd? The Music Zoo has you covered. Part of being a Gibson Benchmark dealer is curating one of the best selections of unique custom ordered and one-off Gibson Custom Shop guitars you'll find anywhere in the world. Warning: this webpage might give you an acute case of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). The gear pictured here is in stock and individually photographed. We will ship Gibson products in the U.S. only.




Gibson Custom Shop '58 Mahogany Explorer Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry
More than 55 years since the Gibson Explorer made its 1958 debut, it still looks radical. Arguably the world's first pointy guitar (alongside its Flying V and Moderne stablemates), its edgy design continues to influence guitar design today. This very special Benchmark reissue is nearly identical to the original, except for the substitution of Mahogany for Korina in the body construction. Gold hardware and custom-wound Benchmark EBucker pickups help make for great looks and authentic warm Explorer tone.
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Gibson Custom Shop Benchmark Limited Edition '58 Figured Explorer Electric Guitar Iced Tea
They’ve finally done it! Gibson Custom Shop has taken the hugely popular, painstakingly-vintage accurate 2013 ’59 Les Paul and morphed it into one of the coolest Explorers we’ve seen! As a Benchmark release, only a few authorized dealers get the honor of carrying these limited models, and we sure are excited to be some of the first people to see a nicely figured maple top on a 1-piece mahogany ’58 Explorer body first-hand.

The neck has a custom profile that is extremely comfortable, yet substantial. The appointments follow in the footsteps of this year’s historic re-issues, with nickel Kluson tuners, period-correct cream binding, and gold top hat control knobs. For pickups, two Custombuckers are slightly underwound, delivering the closest PAF recreations to date. Add in period correct construction, and you’ve got an Explorer like no other, that absolutely sings!
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Gibson Custom Shop Collector's Choice 29 Tamio Okuda 1959 Les Paul Hand-Aged Okuda Burst
Tamio Okuda is a legend in Japanese rock; from his work with UNICORN, to his extensive solo career, to his production work, Mr. Okuda has influenced countless players in Japan and beyond. This amazingly accurate reproduction of his original 'Burst is limited to just 300 units worldwide. The traditional Les Paul appointments are all here, including a gorgeously figured Maple top, an "Okuda 'Burst" top, Aniline dyed Mahogany back, and a Mahogany neck topped with a Rosewood fingerboard. The hand-aging simulates the damage and wear Mr. Okuda has inflicted on this guitar, giving the instrument an amazing played-in patina and feel. The dual '57 Classic pickups guarantee classic tones to complement the amazing looks of this Collector's Choice model.
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Gibson Custom Shop Collector's Choice 33 Jeff Hanna 1960 Les Paul Standard Hand-Aged Brown Lemon Sunburst
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was at the forefront of the Country Rock and Americana explosion of the late '60s and early '70s. Guitarist Jeff Hanna led the way with his amazing 1960 Les Paul Standard, reproduced here in exacting detail in Gibson's latest Collector's Choice model.

The double carved Maple top is mated to the hand selected Mahogany back with hide glue for a tone and sustain that has to be heard to be believed. The Mahogany neck is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard that features hand-rolled binding to get this guitar as close to original specifications as possible. All the small details from the Top Hat control knobs, to the authentically shaded plastics, to the classic Les Paul peghead veneer have been carefully recreated. The aging on the Brown Lemon Sunburst finish, as well as the Mahogany body and neck precicesly matches the look and feel of Hanna's original. The dual Custom Buckers provide all of the sweet yet gritty humbucker tone that will cut through in any situation.

This instrument is sure to sell fast, so call us today!
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Gibson Custom Shop Flying V Custom Electric Guitar Ebony
Combining the best parts of two of their classic guitars, the Gibson Custom Shop has created this Flying V Custom. Taking the Les Paul Custom's appointments, including Pearl block inlays, the split diamond headstock inlay, multi-ply body binding, and Gold hardware, and combining them with the radical design of the Flying V produces one of the most distinctive guitars in the Gibson line. The Mahogany neck is glued to the Mahogany body and topped with a 22-fret Richlite fingerboard. The dual Custom Bucker pickups are wired to individual Volume controls, then to a three-way switch and master Tone control for easy sculpting of your tone. The Ebony finish is complemented by the multi-ply binding and Gold hardware, giving this Flying V a real Custom look.
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Gibson Custom Shop James A. Willis Mask of the Red Death SG Electric Guitar
The Gibson Custom Shop's Artist in Residence James A. Willis has created a stunning trio of guitars inspired by one of the titans of American literature, Edgar Allan Poe. Evoking Poe's classic work "The Mask of the Red Death", this SG features incredible hand carving details that extend from the central character on the back of the guitar to the front. The face of the guitar features vines and flora growing into a beautiful presentation that captures the short story’s dark voice and shocking end. Each James A. Willis Edgar Allan Poe series guitar is a single run, one-of-a-kind instrument. These will not be produced again, so contact us today!
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Gibson Custom Shop James A. Willis Warhorse Les Paul Electric Guitar
Gibson's Artist in Residence James A. Willis has created numerous works of guitar art for the Gibson Custom Shop. The Warhorse guitar is one of Mr. Willis' finest creations. Inspired by his Southern roots and folk art created by Revolutionary War soldiers, the Warhorse features hand-carved woodwork, custom-cut and scrimshawed hardware, and rustic finish work evoking the imagery of one of the most significant events in American history. In order to capture the look and feel of the muskets of the era, the guitar is purposefully rough, constructed using period-appropriate materials and eschewing modern tools and complex finish techniques. The resulting guitar is a singular piece of art that can never be duplicated. Each James A. Willis guitar is a single run, one-of-a-kind instrument. These will not be produced again, so contact us today!
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Gibson Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Bonabyrd Limited Edition Electric Guitar Antique Pelham Blue
Since opening for B.B. King at age 12, Joe Bonamassa has carried the torch of Blues guitar and classic tone. Through Joe's close relationship with the Gibson Custom Shop comes this blend of multiple classic guitars: The Bonabyrd.

This limited edition Bonabyrd combines the full, powerful tone of humbuckers with the direct tone and amazing sustain of the classic wraparound tailpiece for a unique sound like no other! The Firebird-style headstock combines with the Antique Pelham Blue finish for a stunning look that more than matches the tone. White plastics and Nickel hardware provide the perfect visual contrast.

This model, one of only 100 models worldwide, has been hand-signed by Joe Bonamassa himself, making this a one-of-a-kind instrument perfect for collectors and players alike. This instrument is sure to sell fast, so call today!
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Gibson Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Bonabyrd Limited Edition Electric Guitar Antique Pelham Blue
Since opening for B.B. King at age 12, Joe Bonamassa has carried the torch of Blues guitar and classic tone. Through Joe's close relationship with the Gibson Custom Shop comes this blend of multiple classic guitars: The Bonabyrd.

This limited edition Bonabyrd combines the full, powerful tone of humbuckers with the direct tone and amazing sustain of the classic wraparound tailpiece for a unique sound like no other! The Firebird-style headstock combines with the Antique Pelham Blue finish for a stunning look that more than matches the tone. White plastics and Nickel hardware provide the perfect visual contrast.

This model, one of only 100 models worldwide, has been hand-signed by Joe Bonamassa himself, making this a one-of-a-kind instrument perfect for collectors and players alike. This instrument is sure to sell fast, so call today!
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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Figured Electric Guitar Orange Tiger
A unique blend of modern and classic, this Orange Tiger Les Paul Custom is sure to turn heads. All the usual Les Paul Custom appointments - block inlays, gold hardware, and the iconic "Split Diamond" headstock - are set against a bright Yellow-to-Red burst over a flame Maple top. The Mahogany back compliments the top with a beautiful deep Red stain. Other features include a solid Mahogany neck, Richlite fingerboard, and Gibson Custom Bucker pickups.
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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Quilt Maple Top Electric Guitar Fire Tiger
A feast for the eyes, it's hard not to stare at this Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom. It features a gorgeous Quilt Maple top underneath a stunning Fire Tiger finish. Combined with Gold hardware, Black knobs and pickup rings, White/Black multi-ply binding, and a deep Black finish on the body and neck, this example is an absolute looker. The traditional Les Paul Custom appointments, including block inlays and the Split Diamond headstock inlay, are included as well. Of course, tone is king here, as well. Power comes from dual Custom Bucker pickups.
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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Single Pickup Electric Guitar Aspen White
This Single-Pickup Les Paul Custom from Gibson Custom Shop is identical to the Shop's standard two-pickup model, the exception being the elimination of the front pickup. With one pickup, no toggle switch and half the control knobs, there is a lot of room on the top of the instrument, making the guitar lighter, more resonant, and a lot of fun to play. Tone-wise it is a lot more versatile than what you might expect from a one-pickup instrument, from great warm jazz tones to a classic distortion with lots of mid-range and attack.
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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Single Pickup Electric Guitar Silverburst
This Single-Pickup Les Paul Custom from Gibson Custom Shop is identical to the Shop's standard two-pickup model, the exception being the elimination of the front pickup. With one pickup, no toggle switch and half the control knobs, there is a lot of room on the top of the instrument, making the guitar lighter, more resonant, and a lot of fun to play. Tone-wise it is a lot more versatile than what you might expect from a one-pickup instrument, from great warm jazz tones to a classic distortion with lots of mid-range and attack.
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Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Single-Pickup Electric Guitar Silverburst
This Single-Pickup Les Paul Custom from Gibson Custom Shop is identical to the Shop's standard two-pickup model, the exception being the elimination of the front pickup. With one pickup, no toggle switch, and half the control knobs, there is a lot of room on the top of the instrument, making the guitar lighter, more resonant, and a lot of fun to play. Tone-wise it is a lot more versatile than what you might expect from a one-pickup instrument, from great warm jazz tones to a classic distortion with lots of mid-range and attack.
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Gibson Custom Shop Limited Edition '58 Explorer Electric Guitar VOS Aspen White
When Gibson released the Explorer in 1958, its radical design was perhaps a little too ahead-of-its-time, and very few of these units were produced. However there was a huge Explorer revival in the 80's, when wild in-your-face guitarists welcomed its edgy aesthetic. Plus the combination of humbuckers with an all mahogany neck and body lends for pure rock power.

The limited run Gibson Custom Shop '58 Reissue Explorer is an accurate recreation of this futuristic piece of mid-century history. Features include a '59 "V" shape neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and a cool VOS Aspen White finish, which has turned to a yellow hue through the antiquing process. Two Custombucker pickups deliver a heavy sound that can be saturated to create amazing sustain. There are not many of these classic reissues, so check one out before it's too late...
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Gibson Custom Shop Limited Edition Signed Ronnie Wood Signature L5S Electric Guitar Lamp Black Gloss
Between Gibson's 1950's "Golden Era" and their modern resurgence, there were a number of under-the-radar solid-body models that were favored by rock's iconic axe slingers. The Ron Wood L5S is a combination of the classic design style of the L5S with some modern upgrades, such as a Les Paul-sized headstock for a better visual and weight balance. The traditional Maple top and Mahogany body construction is mated with a 5-ply Walnut and Maple neck for rock solid stability. Custom wound Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups are manufactured to Mr. Wood's specifications, then wired to a three-way switch and master volume and tone controls for easy operation. The Gold hardware provides a great visual contrast to the Lamp Black Gloss finish. This limited edition model was autographed by Ron Wood himself. Quantities are extremely limited, so call today!
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Gibson Custom Shop True Historic 1958 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar Lemonburst
The Gibson Custom Shop's reissue Les Pauls are known for their great feel and authentic features that make them perfect for players and collectors alike. This new 1958 True Historic Reissue is the latest chapter in the Les Paul Reissue story.

The double carved Maple top is mated to the Mahogany back with hide glue for a tone and sustain that has to be heard to be believed. The Mahogany neck is topped with a Rosewood fingerboard that features hand-rolled binding to get this guitar as close to original specifications as possible. All the small details from the Top Hat control knobs, to the authentically shaded plastics, to the classic Les Paul peghead veneer have been carefully recreated. The thin Lemonburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish is wet sanded by hand for a vintage style look and feel. Softer vintage edge profiles throughout, including the fingerboard edges and body binding edges give the guitar a comfortable feel. This amazing instrument is sure to sell fast, so call us today!
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Gibson Custom Shop True Historic 1960 Les Paul Reissue Electric Guitar Vintage Dark Burst
The Gibson Custom Shop's reissue Les Pauls are known for their great feel and authentic features that make them perfect for players and collectors alike. This new 1960 True Historic Reissue is the latest chapter in the Les Paul Reissue story.

The double carved Maple top is mated to the Mahogany back with hide glue for a tone and sustain that has to be heard to be believed. The Mahogany neck is topped with a Rosewood fingerboard that features hand-rolled binding to get this guitar as close to original specifications as possible. All the small details from the Top Hat control knobs, to the authentically shaded plastics, to the classic Les Paul peghead veneer have been carefully recreated. The thin Vintage Dark Burst nitrocellulose lacquer finish is wet sanded by hand for a vintage style look and feel. Softer vintage edge profiles throughout, including the fingerboard edges and body binding edges give the guitar a comfortable feel. This amazing instrument is sure to sell fast, so call us today!
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