The Collector's Choice series by Gibson Custom offers the most avid fans of Gibson's legacy the chance of owning a piece of history, through the precise and exacting replication of a series of prized original sunburst Les Paul Standards. As a result, each Collector's Choice guitar represents the closest thing possible to owning one of the best of the best of a rare run of guitars made between 1958 and 1960 that is already recognized as the most desirable production model in the history of the electric guitar. Collector's Choice #4 1959 Les Paul "Sandy" is again the result of intense study, scanning and hands-on examination of the original guitar, an amazing 1959 Les Paul Standard that offers many of the most desirable features of the breed. From its lusciously faded "dirty lemon" finish over a beautifully and tightly grained figured maple top, to its sublime neck profile, to its remarkable zebra-coil PAF humbucking pickups all recreated in precise detail with significant time and attention devoted by the original guitar's owner, Tom Wittrock, Collector's Choice #4 1959 Les Paul "Sandy" is a true wonder to behold, and brings you as close to the look, feel and tone of the original as is physically possible. As with all Collector's Choice guitars, "Sandy" will be available in strictly limited numbers, with a maximum run of 300, with the availability of qualifying materials ultimately determining the final number.
While all late '50s Les Paul Standards are highly sought after, and extremely valuable, Collector's Choice #4 1959 Les Paul "Sandy" truly represents many of the most desirable characteristics of the breed. "So many things were right on this guitar," said Edwin Wilson, head of Gibson Custom's Historic program, during his analysis of the guitar. "Sandy plays beautifully; the neck is really comfortable with just the right amount of 'beef' to it and a fairly low neck pitch so the strings feel almost like butter. One of the more stand-out features about Sandy is the curly eastern hard maple top. It is absolutely a knockout! The flame on this guitar is not very wide, but its crossing in and out on itself makes it one of the most intense and busy tops we have copied. Overall, this guitar is really the perfect example of a great 1959 Les Paul Model guitar, making the Collector's Choice #4 1959 Les Paul "Sandy" an honor to reproduce."
Cosmetic Condition: Excellent condition overall - very clean & well-looked after. This is the VOS version & not the Aged version. However, there are some mild surface scratches & the jackplate does have the single chip out of one corner like the Aged versions.
Neck: CC#4 Profile one-piece mahogany neck with cream binding & tortoise side-dots. Rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl trapezoid inlays. Frets are in great shape with no wear. Gibson Deluxe tuners are in perfect working condition. This is number 002 in the series of no more than 300 made.
Body: Mahogany body with unique figured maple top in "dirty lemon" finish. Stopbar tailpiece & ABR-1 bridge with nickel hardware. Tom Wittrock himself signed the back control cover in 2013 in gold marker. Guitar weighs 8 lbs 8.2 oz.
Electronics: Custom Buckers with Zebra coils (Alnico 3). Bridge - 7.88K ohms; Neck - 7.97K ohms. Dual volume & tone controls with gold "top hat" knobs. 3-way toggle switch & "bumble bee" caps. Serial number 9-1228 in the control cavity matches the COA.
Case: Original hardshell case & COA along with original hang tags.