Gibson 1956 Les Pauls will always be held in the highest regard as some of the best guitars ever made. When it was first released, it was an instant classic. There's an aura around them that captures the imagination and has inspired plenty of famous guitarists over the decades. The likes of Jimmy Page, Mike Bloomfield and Keith Richards all jumped on the bandwagon, and so should you.
Thankfully, Gibson have reintroduced the 1956 model and specs in a brand new custom shop build. This is closer to the original than ever before. The neck profile on this particular guitar has been taken directly from a '59 so is slimmer than on other reissues. They've painstakingly analysed the hardware for the closest of likeness, using the same moulds as back in the day. They've even used the same glue available in the 1950s.
Body and neck
The 2018 reissue sports a solid, lightweight Mahogany body for the most standing comfort you can get out of a real Les Paul. Its neck is also Mahogany, with a natural finish but with the upgraded, faster '59 neck. There's still plenty to grip here for a vintage feel. Meanwhile, the gold on two-piece plain Maple top is legendary. At the time, Les Pauls were only available in black and gold. It's obvious to see why this colour became the bigger hit. The fretboard is a beautiful warm Rosewood fitted into place with the Hide Glue that was so notoriously difficult to work with because of how sticky it is.
The Les Paul's hardware looks and feels slightly relic'd. It has the worn-in feel which makes it so great to pick up and play for the first time. This is most evident on the tune-O-matic bridge which has a speckling of wear at the tailpiece. Gibson have gone with the historically accurate medium jumbo frets and even a nylon nut, which no longer feature on modern Gibson guitars. Their Zero-Fret nut is brilliant but just wouldn't fit the aesthetic.
It goes without saying, this Les Paul sings. Two custom P-90s sit snugly into the LP's large body. Their warmth for classic tones is immaculate. They have a big high-end response, more so than humbuckers on later models. They sit between Fender's single coils and Gibson humbuckers in the transparency range.
- Wood Species: Lightweight Solid Mahogany Body, 2 Piece Plain Maple Top, Hide Glue Fit
- Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Material: Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
- Neck Profile: Authentic '59 Medium C-Shape
- Scale Length: 24.75", 62.865cm
- Fingerboard Material: Solid Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Number of Frets: 22
- Frets: Jescar FW50078
- Nut Material: Nylon
- Nut Width: 1.687", 42.85mm
- End of Board Width: 2.240", 56.89mm
- Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoid
- Truss Rod: '50s Tubeless
- Finish: Nickel
- Bridge: ABR-1
- Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum
- Tuning Machines: Single Band Kluson Deluxe
- Pick Guard: Replica Laminated Acrylic
- Control Knobs: Replica Butyrate Gold Top Hats
- Switch Tip: Replica Catalin
- Switch Washer: Replica Acrylic
- Jack Plate Cover: Replica Laminated Acrylic
- Neck Pickup: Custom P-90
- Bridge Pickup: Custom P-90
- Controls: 2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness with Bumblebee Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch
- Strings: 10-13-17-26-36-46
- Case: Brown/Pink Lacquered '50s Replica Case
- Other: Die-Cast Switch Plate Medallion (w/ Extra Black Plastic Cover in the Case), Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity