Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Les Paul Reissue VOS Guitar, Bourbon

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  • Carved Maple Top and Mahogany Back
  • Bourbon Burst VOS Finish
  • 1 Piece Mahogany Neck
  • Custom Bucker Pickups
  • Includes Gibson Custom Hardcase

Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Les Paul Reissue VOS Guitar, Bourbon

The Gibson 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue marks the year that Gibson began guitarists' love affair with figured tops and burst finishes. This "plain top" reissue is an accurate representation of the first time the legendary Les Paul was given its Burst finish, beautifully showing off a carved, Maple top. The VOS Bourbon Burst finish depicts the vintage, faded look of the traditionally Cherry Sunburst original. This stunning guitar has all the ingredients that made the Les Paul a classic, in a celebration of the year we finally got to see what was going on beneath the finish!

Product Ref: 53601

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Birth of the Burst

By 1958 the Les Paul had already evolved through several modifications including the arrival of the Tune-o-matic bridge and humbucking pickups. Despite this sales started to slow a little and president, Ted McCarty decided that the model's flashy Goldtop finish could be to blame. The elegant and traditional sunburst finish was introduced and has been a favourite ever since.

This new finish displayed the grain of the guitar's carved Maple top so Gibson now used bookmatched two-piece tops glued together with a center seam, giving each guitar its very own distinct look and marking the beginning of the guitar world's fascination with figured maple tops. The majority of the tops used in 1958 were considered "plain" when compared to the tops used just one year later and beyond. The 1958 Reissue features a less showy Maple top that is sometimes considered more authentic looking than those with highly detailed figuring.

Classic Les Paul Features

The 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue had all the ingredients that made Les Paul a classic in the first place. The body is solid, non-weight relieved Mahogany which blends depth and richness with the snap and clarity of a Maple top. The quarter-sawn Mahogany neck has a chunky, rounded 50s profile and a traditional long-tenon neck joint which enhance sustain and resonance as well as feeling great in the hand.

This Les Paul also benefits from Gibson Custom's 20th Anniversary specs. These include a one-piece Rosewood fingerboard, Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, accurate body and fingerboard binding color, new Custom Buckers created in the image of the original PAFs, and period-correct Aniline dye beneath its nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

True Vintage Tone

The new Custom Bucker on this guitar is an accurate representation of the original PAFs around in the late 50s using Alnico III magnets and unequal turns of 42 AWG wire in each coil for that characteristic bite. These pickups clean up beautifully at the guitar's volume controls, while Bumble Bee tone caps assist in that warm, singing tone when you roll back the tone controls. This Les Paul plays superbly right out of its Custom Shop hardshell case thanks to a trip through one of Gibson's state-of-the-art Plek machines before it leaves the Custom Shop floor.


Body & Bridge

  • Top: Carved Maple Top
  • Back: Solid, Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany Back
  • Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding on Top
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
  • Finish Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Treatment: Aniline Dye
  • Finish: Bourbon Burst VOS
  • Bridge Type: ABR-1 bridge
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Plating: Nickel

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Species: 1-piece Mahogany Neck with Long Neck Tenon
  • Profile: Early '50s Rounded
  • Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
  • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer w/ Pearl logo
  • Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Black and White
  • Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Neck Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Neck Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
  • Neck Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"
  • Nut: Nylon
  • Width: 1.687
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Fingerboard: One-piece Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Binding: Single-ply Cream
  • Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062

Electronics & Hardware

  • Neck Pickup: Custom Bucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Bucker
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Capacitors: Bumblebee
  • Toggle Switch: Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
  • Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
  • Tuners: Kluson™ Deluxe
  • Tuning Ratio: 12:01
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Dial Pointers
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Silkscreen
  • Pickguard: Cream
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
  • Control Plate Cover: Black
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum


  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Adjustment literature and documentation for the guitar's limited lifetime warranty
  • Gibson Custom Shop Hardshell Case