This is a 2012 specification model.
Simple: The original guitar is a modern musician's work of art and so sought after by collectors that the man in the street has virtually no chance of getting hold of that sound or the "look" of a "Burst". the demand is so strong that Gibson have been re-engineering the line to their most accurate VOS yet. This Gibson reissue version of the 1958 Les Paul Standard comes in Washed Cherry and follows the VOS (Vintage Original Spec) to an extraordinarily faithful degree.
This stage of the model's evolution was a step which made these guitars significant in Gibson's quest to improve quality and their, then shrinking, sales of Les Pauls. Ted McCarty, Gibson's president at this time, felt that the drop in sales of the Les Pauls had a lot to do with the Goldtop's "flashy", Les Paul inspired, finish and so he did away with it. Gibson's Custom Shop returned to a translucent, cherry sunburst finish which showed off the handsome grain of the carved maple tops. Because the grain was now visible, Gibson started using matched two piece tops, joined along a central seam. Each guitar was suddenly very distinctive and this seems to have created a long running obsession with the figured patterns of Gibson's maple tops: amongst guitarists and collectors alike!
With only around 430 or so of these 1958 Standards (with both Gold and Sunburst finishes produced) it's an open question as to how many of the original Sunburst Les Pauls are still around today. Consequently they have fetched sums in excess of $200k when they've come up for sale!
On Gibson's website, Dave Hunter's 2007 article asked a loaded question: “What’s the value of a coat of paint?” Rather a lot it would seem! The original Les Paul Standards of the 1958 - 1960 era, seem to be the most sought after vintage electric guitars, which this reissue VOS model attempts to recreate for those of us who are not millionaires.
The 1958 Les Paul Standard VOS Reissue from Gibson’s Custom Shop is probably the most accurate recreation of the first in line of those ultra desirable “Burst" models. Authenticity is maintained even to the detail of using plainer maple than came into vogue in 1959. The original finish on these Les Pauls was a standard Cherry Sunburst back in 1958. The VOS reissue versions have been finished in a range of "fades" to mimic the degree of fade and wear that is seen in surviving '58s. This is the Washed Cherry variant.
As with all our custom shop guitars, every 1958 VOS Reissue Les Paul Standard guitar in Washed Cherry, includes Gibson's Certificate of Authenticity,