SOLD! - 2013 Gibson Collectors Choice #11 1959 Les Paul Rosie Aged CC11A
The Collector's Choice #11 1959 Les Paul named "Rosie" is based on a classic instrument that has only had two owners. Built in '59, "Rosie" has weathered the passage of time unusually well. One of the cleanest vintage Gibson's of the era, this Collector's Choice guitar is a textbook example of what a '59 should be. The lightly-figured maple top has an amazing lightly Aged Dark Cherry Burst finish with a beautiful gloss. The unique soft-V neck shape was scanned and duplicated to match the original.
While all Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960 are exceedingly rare, finding one in such stunningly original condition in the hands of only its second owner is simply a breathtaking experience. In addition to her lineage, “Rosie” has obviously seen very little sunlight in her time, and fully retains her original and unfaded dark cherry finish like few other vintage Les Pauls. As her current owner, an anonymous collector, puts it: “She’s pristine—one of the only ’59s I’ve seen that has the prototypical dark cherry sunburst from the latter part of 1959, with very little fade. She also has that quintessential ’burst tone that I’ve looked for all my life.”
While some examples from earlier in 1959 have a more raspberry tinge and others a lighter cherry, “Rosie” represents the deeper, richer color that became the standard. She also has very little wear, with only minor checking and few, if any, noticeable dings.
The original PAF pickups are an important part of the “burst tone” in any original late ’50s Les Paul, and to make those loaded into Collector’s Choice #11 1959 Les Paul “Rosie” as authentic as possible, Gibson Custom carefully studied and measured every intricate spec of the originals, to replicate them as a pair of Custom Bucker PAF pickups. Made with Alnico III magnets, with coils scatter-wound to accurate specs and left unpotted, these are as close as you’ll come to the real thing.
Rosie comes including the original Gibson Lifton hardshell case, COA, case candy etc.
Gibson Custom’s 20th Anniversary Historic Specifications:
- single-layer rosewood fingerboard
- hot hide glue neck joint
- accurate fingerboard and body binding color
- historically accurate truss rod assembly
- genuine aniline red dye for the back, neck, and sides
- nylon 6/6 nut
- holly headstock face with pearl Gibson logo
- reissue Kluson Deluxe green key single-ring tuners
- ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
- Bumble Bee tone cap