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Greg Martin CC

 

From Gibson.com

Gibson Custom’s Collector’s Choice™ series allows players around the world to experience the precise look, feel and tone of some of the rarest guitars in history. Through unfettered hands-on access to specific vintage Les Pauls, Gibson Custom is able to capture and reproduce the characteristics of these prized originals in amazing detail: neck shape, dish carve, finish, aging, and tone—to name just a few essential elements. All are re-created with stunning accuracy and workmanship. The process is breathtaking on any occasion, but when the instrument in question is owned and played by a globally recognized artist, our excitement at offering it in the growing Collector’s Choice catalog takes on an added dimension. 

Played on countless gigs and recording sessions, Collector’s Choice™ #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul is an astounding re-creation of the original 1958 Les Paul that’s been the main squeeze of Kentucky Headhunters guitarist Greg Martin since the band’s early days. As such, it is a familiar voice among the most exalted tones in music today, and an unparalleled inspiration for a brilliantly crafted reproduction of a Les Paul that’s flush with character in its tone, feel, and aesthetic. From the luscious, road-tested look of its faded “dirty lemon” finish, to the big, bold tone from a robust pairing of PAF pickups that Greg has woven into a Grammy Award-winning career, Collector’s Choice™ #15 is an exceptional guitar in every sense—and by any standard. Read about all of the specs below!

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Body and Neck

The body of Collector’s Choice #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul is made from a single piece of solid, lightweight mahogany topped with a lightly figured, hand-selected maple top that emulates the look of the original guitar. The neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the precise ’58 profile taken from exact measurement of the original guitar. It is topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with aged cellulose trapezoid inlays.


Pickups and Electronics

The original PAF humbucking pickups are a crucial part of the “burst tone” in any original late-’50s Les Paul. To make the pickups loaded into Collector’s Choice™ #15 Greg Martin 1958 Les Paul as authentic as possible, Gibson Custom carefully studied and measured every intricate spec of the originals, to replicate them as a pair of Custom Buckers. Made with Alnico III magnets, with coils scatter-wound to accurate specs and wax potted, these are as close as you’ll come to the real thing. They’re followed by the traditional control knob complement and three-way switch, with “bumble bee” tone capacitors.

 

Hardware

Period-correct hardware graces the Collector’s Choice™ #15, including reissue Kluson™ Deluxe “green-key” tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, all nickel plated. The binding is all the accurate vintage color, as are the pickup rings and pickguard, and the guitar carries a traditional black/white “bell” truss-rod cover.

Cases & Coverage

Each guitar will include a silkscreened brown Custom Shop hardshell case and owner’s manual, a Custom Shop Collector’s Choice™ #15 leather-bound trifold Certificate of Authenticity, and is backed by Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty with 24/7/365 Customer Service.