In 1958, Gibson parted ways with the gold finish on the Les Paul Model and introduced the "Les Paul Standard," a refresh that featured a center-seam maple top, red aniline dye back and sides, and a beautiful transparent Cherry Sunburst finish. While only that one color was available originally, exposure to sunlight and subtle variations have made each original example unique in color. Gibson Custom picked four beautiful sunburst variations for the new 2018 Historic Collection, each bringing out all the character of the unique maple tops. And just like the 1958 originals, the neck profiles on these Historic models are just a bit beefier on average when compared to a 1959 – a comfortable chunky C-shape. Two new updates for 2018 include the inclusion of all True Historic-spec parts and, for the first time, narrow/tall frets which bring the tone and playability closer to the character of the originals.
A 1960s SG has been the favorite of some of the most guitarists players ever...Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Robby Krieger, George Harrison, Dickey Betts, Gary Rossington, and Eric Clapton, to name a few. The SG's devilish points and curves, blistering humbucker tone and fast-playing neck help to make it one of the most coveted and revered 1960s Gibson models. This 2018 Gibson Custom Shop Historic '61 SG Standard model continues the legendary magic of the originals with all solid woods, historic hide-glue construction methods, the finest vintage replica parts and materials avaiable and the instantly-recognizable, powerful tone of pure rock 'n roll.
The 2018 Gibson ES-339 is a modern classic designed for those seeking the tone and look of an ES-335, but desire a slightly smaller, lighter instrument. New features include high-end components like an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, a MTC Plus hand-wired control assembly, MHS humbucking pickups, and Grover "Milk Bottle" Rotomatic tuners.
A pair of bright, cutting mini-humbucking pickups help distinguish this Firebird guitar as a true standout and rising star. Designed for performance with neck-thru construction, classic Gibson hardware set, reverse headstock, and trapezoid inlays in a luxurious bound torrefied Granadillo fingerboard. The 2018 Firebird boasts an exclusive and rare Ebony finish on the body with matching headstock.
The Hummingbird Walnut AG continues Gibson's long history of producing world famous Square Shoulder body designs, such as the Hummingbird, Dove, and Songwriter models. Gibson proudly introduces a new thinner, Square Shoulder cutaway body design, hand built using all solid tonewoods. Finished with an LR Baggs pickup system.
The iconic Les Paul Standard is celebrated by the world's greatest musicians as the standard for perfection in the world of electric guitars. The new Les Paul Standard features the popular asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile with Ultra-Modern weight relief for increased comfort and playability. Impeccable looks are highlighted by the powerful tonewood combination of mahogany back and carved maple AAA figured top. BurstBucker Pro humbuckers provide modern and classic tones, while immense tonal variety from comes from 4 push-pull knobs.