Gibson Pearly Gates 1959 Les Paul Standard Billy Gibbons Murphy Aged
Pearly Gates: that's all you really need to know. Possibly THE 1959 Les Paul. Murphy Aged!
Well folks, it doesn't get any better than this. We managed to get our hands on a Gibson Pearly Gates 1959 Les Paul Standard Billy Gibbons Murphy Aged, one of the most collectable and highly coveted Gibson Custom Shop guitars ever. Some may say that Mr. Gibbons's '59 Les Paul – better known as Pearly Gates – is the definitive '59 LP and when you take a look and listen to this reissue, we are very much inclined to agree. This beauty has the serial number Gibbons 025 and the guitar has been stored in its case by a serious collector, so it's in absolute MINT condition. The guitar was part of a very limited run, and it's very hard to come across one of the Hand-Aged variants like this one so it's needless to say we are very proud to be able to offer this Murphy Aged Pearly Gates.
Billy Gibbons' favorite ax has always been his beloved Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard with legendary angelic qualities. It has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date, and sings with a “God-like voice” unlike any other guitar. Back in 2009, the master craftsmen at Gibson Custom have recreated it in excruciating detail – right down to the last scratch and thing. Gibbons' legendary Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard – is like no other guitar in the world, and now you can own a painstaking replica of this sacred instrument. Tom Murphy's aging work on this Pearly Gates is out of this world, and you really get the sensation of playing a true vintage '59 Les Paul. Just amazing.
You won't believe the figured maple tops. Each one was carefully selected especially for the Gibbons' 'Pearly Gates' model, and each is as beautiful as the top that adorns the original. If choice Les Paul maple tops make do for you, these will make you drool. Get your spittoon ready!
Gibson Custom has matched the faded Billy Gibbons Burst finish almost perfectly. You'll do a double-take the first time you see it. The naturally darkened edges give way to the beautiful patterns of the maple grain. Even the original's distinct red mahogany back is intact. Granted, no two guitars could ever have exactly the same top and finish. But maybe this is as close as it gets.
Gibbons uses Pearly Gates only in the studio. In concert, he relies on Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers to replicate its legendary tone. The Seymour Duncan Web site says they're “sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar.” Isn't that what Billy Gibbons does every time he picks up his 'Pearly Gates?' Now you can too.
No detail was overlooked, just like you'd want it. There's all nickel hardware, gold top hat control knobs, vintage style tulip tuners, and a lightweight aluminum string-over stopbar that lets you set up the strings just like Billy. The one-piece mahogany neck with a 1959 rounded profile also sports the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson's Golden Era. You also get period-correct CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors. It's all there. We promise you won't be disappointed.
Top Wood: Carefully Selected Two-Piece Figured Maple
Body Wood: One-Piece Solid Mahogany
Body Finish: Faded Billy Gibbons Burst, Murphy Aged
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 24.75"
Neck Wood: Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape: Rounded '59
Fretboard Wood: Rosewood
Fretboard Inlays: Aged Acrylic Trapezoid
Bridge: ABR-1 Nickel Plated w/Nickel Thumbwheels
Tuners: Kluson-Style with green buttons
Hardware Type: Nickel
Treble Pickup: Seymour Duncan Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates
Bass Pickup: Seymour Duncan Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates
Case: Black Custom Shop