The Limited Edition Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar has a solid mahogany body with a carved harp maple cap topped with a AAA-grade flame maple veneer. This is a Les Paul guitar that clearly follows in the great tradition of Gibson’s Les Paul Standard model from 1959”perhaps the most highly acclaimed, and widely recognized solid body electric guitar in the world.
The Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard has a set mahogany neck with a deep set long-neck tenon that extends well into the neck pickup cavity creating even more tone and sustain. The authentic ’50s rounded neck profile feels beefy yet comfortable in your hands while adding warmth and sustain with its greater mass.
Capturing everything these tone woods and premium construction have to give are a pair of Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker pickups that replicate the sound of Gibson’s original ”Patent Applied For” pickups”the pickups that gave the ’59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. Like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, variations in pickup output and tone also came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson’s winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins ”until they were full.” When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little ”edge” or ”bite” on the classic humbucker sound. That’s the sound BurstBuckers replicate. The neck pickup is a Burstbucker 2 and is wound in the range of Gibson’s ’57 Classic. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker 3 and is slightly over-wound with a hotter output that works well in combination with the BB-2 in the neck. Individual pickup volume and tone controls, and a 3-way select toggle let you take command of this tone monster.
Comes with an Epiphone Limited Edition metal medallion toggle switchplate and a vintage-style brown hard case.