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1982 Gibson Guitar Trader 1959 Les Paul Reissue. W ORIGINAL 50's PAF's. A True "Pre-Historic" gem of 59' Les Paul Reissue. Her name is "Jersey Girl".
Here is an absolutely stunning & truly rare gem from the famous run of "Guitar Trader" 59' Reissues. Only about 47 of these fine instruments were produced and only the first 15 (that were preselected and paid for in advance) had original 50's PAF pickups.The first 15 customers to make a deposit or pay for their orderes had the chance to hand pick the top they wanted from the bunch and also recieved real 50's PAF pickups installed in their guitars. This is one of the incredibly special and rare 15!!! This guitar has been checked out, inspected, and appraised by Timm Kummer the original brainchild, vintage guitar expert, and manager/owner of the original Guitar Trader in...
You guessed it New Jersey. He was personally responsible for the production specs, the final approval of the finish, and installed the PAF pickups himself. The guitar will be accompanied by the signed appraisal from him. It's playability and overall feel are second to none.With so much demand for the original bursts when Gibson Custom was introduced in 1995 the 1959 Les Paul Reissue became their flagship model. Reissues produced prior to these first Historic pieces are now referred to as "Pre-Historic". These were some of the first accurate attempts to nail the process of re-creating the Holy-Grail of Les Pauls. It's clearly evident from the hand picked hard maple tops to the choicest figured mahogany and dark chocolaty brown rosewood that was available at the time, they were not cutting any corners! This particular example has one of the sweetest tops and finish that I have yet to see. The flames are strong and 3D all the way thru and they pop out at all angles.
This baby will be sure to drop the jaw of even the pickiest collector. A rock-star worthy axe that will only go up in value. Regarded by many as the holy grail of the Pre-Historic Les Paul reissues, the Guitar Trader instruments were commissioned by the New Jersey shop in 1982. Of all the reissues none have more attention to detail than the Guitar Trader Les Paul.The definitive publication about all things Les Paul 1968 2009, The Modern Era of The Les Paul Legacy by Robb Lawrence (Hal Leonard Books) features a lengthy description, discussion and interviews relating to Guitar Trader Les Pauls. Here is an excerpt form that book. After seeing fairly inaccurate Gibson Les Paul Sunburst models on the recent market (Gibsons KM and Heritage series), Dave DeForrest & Tim Kummer of Guitar Trader in New Jersey decide to pursue a far more accurate 1959 Standard representation with great figured tops. They made a concerted effort to co-ordinate the building of these rare reissues including picking out very nice quarter sawn maple tops & overseeing various details. Their first newsletter announcing the collaboration with Gibson to create the 59 Flametop touted an extra bonus if you can order it by December, you can have real vintage parts, subject to availability. Their true obsession to 59 details resulted in owner Dave DeForrest visiting Gibson in May 1982 to pick out book-matched flame maple tops from 200 sets.
Besides adding real PAF pickups to the first 15 orders, such things as bridges, knobs, and truss caps that didnt quite meet their vintage reissue requirements were supplanted with custom vintage parts. So, even after personally selecting timbers and overseeing the build quality, they actually replaced some Gibson inaccuracies with their own vintage correct parts, including PAFs in the early ones. And this fabulous guitar is the pristine result of Guitar Traders commitment to taking quality control to an extreme level. There were only 47 Guitar Trader Les Pauls ever built, plus one prototype. Again, from Robb Lawrences book Along with the quilted top cherry sunburst prototype #B1 00001, 47 were built One lefty was built and only three were designated as 1960 models starting with a zero serial number.
And, (drum roll) this is one of those three 1960 models! The inked headstock number is 0 xxx8, and the eight digit number inside the control cavity is 82xxxxxx.So its the real deal, and one of an extremely limited edition of 3 kind of rarer than rare. And it has the PAFs! Many collectors believe that a Guitar Trader model is identified by an eight digit serial number in the control cavity. But this is only one ID method. It also states Small, inked-on serial number on the back of the headstock which is closer to the tuners than the top of the peghead, and is in the 9 09XX format.
As an exception to this, the prototypes serial number was B1 0001, and there were three Guitar Traders made with a 0 as the first digit (1960 reissues), according to Kummers. And Guitar Traders are light weight, well constructed guitars, with fine attention to detail.
Fits and finish are superb. These guitars have a medium thickness neck, and sound and play great, as do most of the Kalamazoo-made Les Pauls of the late 70s and early 80s. In the July, 1998 VG Magazine Q & A with George Gruhn, he states that these guitars were built to very high standards of quality and have come to be considered collectors items due to their quality as well as their historical appeal as one of the first true historical Les Pauls. Apart from the prototype, the finish was a sweet dark cherry for the top & a classic deep cherry red back on a spectacular piece of mahogany.
The Guitar Trader owners took an original 59 Standard to Kalamazoo to develop this color. Tim Kummer It was a little more translucent.
There was a subtlety to it thats hard to describe. It was a guitar that we had that was almost on the verge of a darker iced tea kind of colour.This particular example is easily one the sweetest 59/60 reissues on the planet, regardless of the era. It is 100% factory original, and there are no mods, changes or repairs of any kind. There is some honest player wear evident and a couple of minor dings. There is virtually no buckle rash, or any major scratches.
It has a stunning AAAA maple top with 3d flames from every angle. Comes in its original Lifton style brown case. The handle needs replacing, but the case is in excellent condition. This particular example is easily one of if not the sweetest 59' reissues on the planet! She has a stunning AAAAA flame-top with a deep 3D pattern.
You will have a hard time finding a better sounding, resonant 33 year old guitar. Add this baby to your collection & own a spectacular piece of the "Burst" history. Here are 2 cool links to some great info on these incredible special and rare guitars. This guitar is in Excellent Vintage Condition, with a liitle honest playwear and a couple of minor dings.
There is no buckle rash, or major scratches. This guitar was set up by Jim Hamilton (Yes the one who built SRV's "MAIN" guitar). It is 100% factory original, (except for a pro re-fret). There are absolutely no mods, or repairs of any kind.
The solder joints are all virgin and untouched. IT has a SICK AAAAA flamed HARD EASTERN MAPLE top (like the originals) Absolutely stunning! Authentic vintage look and feel with that unmistakeable real PAF tone. 59 profile neck that is nice and fat, with original 59' PAF pickups. Includes original Gibson hardshell case.One-piece mahogany neck with original-style truss rod routing and 1959 neck profile. 22-fret solid rosewood fretboard with historically accurate trapezoid inlays. 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, and 3-way switch. Single-ply cream binding on top and fretboard.
Original-style toggleswitch washer and jackplate. Width at Nut: 1.650?
Pickups: 3 Vintage-style Alnico Magnet single-coil with Reverse-staggered Pole Pieces. Controls: Master Volume, Tone (neck), Tone (mid). If you have any questions write me. PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL THE HD PICTURES BELOW. (only the Guitar Trader on the far right is included in the sale).
I offer a super relaxed layaway plan that can be custom built to fit your budget and needs. It can be extended beyond 30 days in certain situations. If you are interested in a layaway plan please contact me for full details.
That means that there is a 3 day trial period. _gsrx_vers_779 GS 7.0.4 (779). The item "1982 Gibson GUITAR TRADER 59' Les Paul Reissue w ORIGINAL 1959 PAF's ULTRA RARE" is in sale since Thursday, March 09, 2017. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "the-guitar-dude" and is located in Pompano Beach, Florida.This item can be shipped worldwide.