Up for sale, a 2015 Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1958 “Hand Selected” Les Paul Standard R8 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, all hangtags, and CoA. This Les Paul was ordered by Gibson’s Japanese distributor Yamano, and as an exclusive tier offered by Yamano, representatives from select Japanese dealers travel to Gibson's USA Custom Shop and hand select the cuts of maple used on the "Hand Selected" line. This particular top has a Primary Burst gloss nitro lacquer finish, and the figuring is consistent, varied and stately across the flitch-matched carved two-piece maple cap.
This Les Paul is loaded with its factory pair of CustomBuckers, Gibson's latest and most highly praised PAF iteration, available exclusively in select Custom Shop models. Featuring Alnico III magnets, these low-medium output pickups have all the chirp, honk, and bloom you could want. The set in this particular guitar is dynamic, highly detailed, balanced, and comfortably versatile with any playing style. The bridge has plenty of bite and growl, while the neck pickup has the buttery girth and power one expects without sacrificing clarity. Demonstrative of what quality tonewoods are capable of, there are few things finer than the rich warmth of mahogany paired with a carved maple top that adds cut and attack. Lightweight for a Les Paul at 8lbs 10oz, this Gibson has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a substantial C-shaped “baseball bat” profile carve with generous shoulders and ideal heft in every register, measuring .935” deep at the 1st fret and 1.015” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, with some of the usual aniline dye bleed along the binding edge. The medium jumbo fretwire has good meat and well-rounded crowns, exhibiting wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-13 that becomes progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nylon nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the single-line tuning machines have push-in bushings and translucent keystone buttons. And while the inked serial number dates to 2014, the matching hangtags show a Feb, 2015 build date.
All of the electronics function as intended, and both CustomBucker humbuckers retain the "Patent Applied For" decals on the baseplates. The harness features bumblebee tone caps, and the requisite "R8" stamp is also present in the control cavity. The selector switch cavity cover is the 130th anniversary “1894-2014” brass iteration, which is a holdover from the previous year, due to this guitar being constructed early in 2015 (February). Hardware includes the no-wire ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar, and plastics comprise the cream pickguard and the gold bonnet knobs. There are also a few cosmetic splits and chips on the undersides of the bonnet knobs adjacent to the pot shafts which are purely cosmetic.
The “Primary Burst” nitro lacquer gloss finish is akin to a Lemon Drop or a Honeyburst, with no real red in the burst, highlighting the dynamic figuring in the flitch-matched two-piece maple top. Cosmetic wear includes a handful of minor dings along the lower bout perimeter and an area of buckle rash across the back. The top, by comparison, present very cleanly. The neck retains its smooth gloss, with a couple shallow nicks along the profile that have no impact on playability.
The Gibson Custom Shop Lifton-style brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with all of the original Japanese hangtags (dated Feb, 2015), CoA, warranty card (dated 2015-5-2), and Yamano-specific "Hand Selected" paperwork.