Country music had the Telecaster. Rockabilly had the 6120. Surf Rock had the Jaguar. And Southern Rock? That’s a no-brainer: it’s the almighty Gibson 1959 Les Paul. Think about it. Was Ed King rocking a Jaguar while Ronnie was “singing songs about the Southland?” Or was Charlie Daniels twanging on a Tele while telling his folk tale about devils in Georgia looking for souls to steal? Duane Allman and a Mosrite? Get real. You see where this is going…
Gibson’s Custom Shop recently honored the Southern Rock tradition by issuing a limited edition Southern Rock Tribute ’59 Les Paul. Visitors to the Music Zoo’s website may have noticed these killer guitars listed online. The guitar features a distinctive “Reverseburst” finish in which the cherry emanates from the inside. There’s also a heart shaped motif in the finish under the bridge pickup. Further, the toggle switch cover is a distinctive medallion with a headstock and the words “Southern Rock Tribute.” The first 50 guitars in this limited run have been aged and hand signed by Dickey Betts, Jimmy Hall, Gary Rossington, Charlie Daniels, and vintage expert Ronny Proler, all of whom have contributed toward making the Tribute guitar a reality.
There’s also an important tie-in with the Southern Rock Tribute guitar; two-thousand dollars from the sale of each aged/signed instrument will go toward the Nashville-based Music Health Alliance through Gibson’s charity arm, the Gibson Foundation. If you do the math, 50 guitars multiplied by two-thousand yields $100,000. Hence, further incentive to purchase a great guitar honoring some great music. Scroll below for an in-depth photo set of the Southern Rock Tribute and be sure to contact our sales staff for more information on this run!
Photography by Walter Bryant