Gibson expands Collector's Choice series with '59 Les Paul

Gibson has added the limited edition #6 1959 Les Paul to its Collector's Choice series.

Built by Gibson Custom, the Collector's Choice series aims to replicate an existing, highly desirable guitar - in this case, Mike Slubowski's beautiful cherry burst '59 Les Paul.

The original guitar was analysed to exacting standards, using a mixture of computer technology and the eagle eyes of the Gibson Custom team, in order to ensure that #6 is as close a replica as possible.

The #6 Les Paul feature a two-piece maple top, one-piece mahogany body and one-piece mahogany neck, with a uniquely designed Non-Filtered Tobacco Burst finish.

A set of custom humbuckers wound to the same specifications as those on Slubowski's guitar complete the "sonic accuracy" of the Collector's Choice #6.

Limited to only 300 models, this is probably the closest most of us will ever come to owning a '59 Les Paul. A snip at a mere $8939 (that's roughly £5500), it's nowhere near the stratospheric prices attached to actual late '50s models, which have become something of a holy grail for guitar collectors the world over.

For more information on the Collector's Choice series and the #6 1959 Les Paul, visit Gibson's website.