No, this is not a normal Custom Shop R8, this has been sent to Kim LaFleur at Historic Makeovers for him to work his magic and boy.. it don't half make a huge difference...
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This 2012 guitar started life as a tobacco burst 1958 reissue with what Gibson refer to as a 60/30 neck, which is somewhere between a ‘59 and ‘60 profile. Being a 2012 model it had the infamous bi-layered fretboard, so it was a good candidate to send to Kim LaFleur at Historic Makeovers for him to work his magic. The resulting guitar is one of a kind with a beautiful Braz board and a historically correct hard nitro finish that feels fantastic under the fingers. Extremely light relicing was specified with no checking so that the guitar will check naturally over time. The pickups are Throbak SLE-101 Plus with A5 magnets.
What HM have done has completely restored this guitar to a real vintage feel which has really, really made a huge difference and you have to try and see this instrument to appreciate it.
Here’s the official (pre - Historic Makeovers) specs from Gibson…
Body Shape: Les Paul Top: 2-Piece Plain Maple, Hide Glue Fit Back: 1-Piece Lightweight Mahogany Binding: 1-Ply Royalite Weight Relief: None Finish: Nitrocellulose VOS (Vintage Patina)
Material: Solid Mahogany Profile: Chunky C-Shape Scale Length: 24.75” / 628.65mm Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit Fingerboard Radius: 12” Number Of Frets: 22 Frets: Historic Gibson Narrow/Tall Nut Material: Nylon Nut Width: 1.69” / 42.85mm End of Board Width: 2.24” / 56.89mm Inlays: Aged Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid Joint: Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Finish: Nickel Tuner Plating: Nickel Bridge: No-Wire ABR-1 Saddle Material: Nickel-plated Brass Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar Tuning Machines: Kluson Single Line, Single Ring Pickguard: Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate TrussRod: Authentic 1950s No-Tube Truss Rod Cover: Authentic Stepped 2-Ply Control Knobs: Butyrate Gold Top Hats Switch Tip: Amber Catalin Switchwasher: Silkscreened Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Jack Plate Cover: Laminated Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Control Covers: Black Royalite Strap Buttons: Aluminum Mounting Rings: M69 Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Pickup Covers: Authentic Profile Nickel Silver
Neck Pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) Bridge Pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) Controls: CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors Pickup Selector: 3-Way Switchcraft Output Jack: Switchcraft
Case: Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch
Certificate of Authenticity Booklet, Historic Reissue Hang Tags
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment please) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
Landline: 01242 697607
Mobile (please try landline first): 07842 001007
Overseas: +44 (0)1242 697607