Gibson has announced 2013 as “The Year of Les Paul” and honors the legendary visionary behind the solid-bodied electric guitar. Gibson will launch the limited edition ‘Les Paul Tribute’ that will draw its inspiration from LesPaul’s very first patented model from 1952. It will feature an all-gold finish on the top, back, and neck. Commemorative details on the guitar make it clear that the guitar is a tribute, include a maple headstock veneer with a laser-etched portrait of Les Paul along with a logo, a steel truss- rod cover with “Les Paul” etched on it, a vintage cream pickguard hot-stamped with Les’ real signature, “Lester William Polsfuss.”Additional to this, there will also be a call-in pack that includes a Les Paul book, varsity jacket, and a Gibson “Factory Craftsman” T-shirt. Each of these incredible commemorative guitars has been primed for vintage tone and unparalleled playability.
The guitar has been built in the image of the original 1952 Goldtop; its body is made from two pieces of solid lightweight mahogany with no weight relief. It has then been capped with a carved maple top, and a one-piece quarter-sawn mahogany neck has been set with Titebond. A solid rosewood fingerboard and the original trapeze tailpiece complete this limited edition guitar’s vintage look.
This commemorative guitar has been limited to only 400, each coming in its own textured brown hard-shell case with a custom fleece interior. One of these guitars paying tribute to Les Paul’s original 1952 guitar will cost you $4999.