Gibson Custom Shop M2M '58 Reissue Les Paul R8 Kentucky Bourbon Fade 2016
Gibson Custom Shop 'Made 2 Measure' R8 Les Paul, Kentucky bourbon fade, made in USA 2016. If you've been waiting for one of these to pop up, here's your shot! The 'Made 2 Measure' Custom Shop LP guitars were made to order for specific dealers. This beauty was made for Peach Guitars in the UK; they hand selected the maple top and ordered the non-catalog finish. You're getting the absolute best-of-the-best Gibson offer: the best wood, made by their best luthiers with all the best parts. The grain on the back and neck is gorgeous; the back has some tight figuring that almost looks like tight little drops of rain descending down the body and the neck is supremely tightly grained; it's beautiful. The top features some beautiful concentric grain patterns emanating out from the bridge; it's not quite uniform and has some quirky sap spots; you can see why the original dealer loved this piece of wood. The bourbon fade finish is nice and dark around the horns but opens right uo around the centre; it's beautiful. The neck is chunky: heck, it's a baseball bat really. That contributes to a hefty, meaty tone: this sounds enormous. A good LP balances a thick, juicy midrange with a chiming, snappy brightness, and this does that perfectly. The top end has a sweet, eloquent definition and sparkle, while the mids and lows are complex, gooey and thick... it sounds glorious. This seems to be the only left handed example of this model available worldwide at last check, so hey, you've got your shot while it lasts!
Model: Gibson Custom Shop Made-2-Measure '58 Reissue Les Paul R8
Made: USA, 2016 (serial 61402)
Finish: Kentucky bourbon fade over flame maple, vintage cherry back/sides/neck, gloss nitro, very light relic
Body: 1-piece mahogany, not chambered, hand-picked flame maple top
Neck: mahogany, 1-piece, rosewood board
Pickup: Gibson Custom humbucker x2 (PAF voiced)
Case: Gibson Custom Shop case, excellent quality and condition
Bonus: original warranty docs and certificate of authenticity
Cosmetic condition notes: negligible finish wear. Headstock has some light spiral wear applied from factory. The neck has light fading, again partially a factory relic; no major marks. There's also some 'binding bleed' on the neck; it's a reaction in the chemistry of the finish that will fade with play, just like the 50s examples. The back has a couple of tiny surface scuffs near the neck joint and in the middle of the body; no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just some simulated rub wear on the bottom horn. The front is super slick and clean, just some very light scuffs on the elbow area and play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: excellent condition (9.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets look good, there's very little visible wear, 9/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49s.