Up for sale, a 2020 Gibson Custom Shop Historic 1958 Les Paul Standard R8 HRM, showroom-clean and complete with the original COA, hangtags, and brown Lifton-style hardshell case. An upper-tiered R8 variant made in exceedingly small numbers, the "HRM" iteration boasts a hard rock maple bookmatched flame top. Lively, dimensional flame figuring extends liberally across every inch of the top, highlighted by a Honey Burst nitro lacquer finish, and other premium appointments include Custom Bucker PAFs, hot hide glue construction, and vintage-correct plastics and hardware. This instrument is also featherweight for a Les Paul at only 8lbs 1oz.
The Custom Bucker humbuckers are some of Gibson's most universally celebrated and revered PAF reissues, and these vintage-spec pickups offer a range of classic, articulate and responsive tonalities, with a bit of bite and growl in the bridge position and the ability to coax everything from balanced, shimmering cleans to rich, churning overdrive from your favorite tube amp. The neck pickup in contrast has the girth and power one expects from the neck position 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. This Custom Shop Gibson has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation and slinky action.
The quartersawn one-piece mahogany neck has a round, substantial baseball bat C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .899" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to .999" at the 12th. The slender frets are perfect, playing cleanly up the bound rosewood fretboard and 24 3/4" scale. The headstock has the correct 17 degree angle, with a thin holly veneer on the face and single line tuning machines that match the look and feel of the original Klusons perfectly, with lightly aged transparent keystone buttons.
The wiring is untouched, with the PAF stickers intact on the baseplates of the Custom Buckers and bumblebee caps in the harness. The hardware has the lightly aged appearance given to the nickel plating at the Gibson factory, and the vintage-correct plastics complete the package with exactingly reproduced '50s-style pickup rings, pickguard, and lightly dished amber bonnet knobs. The gloss nitro lacquer Honey Burst finish accentuates the figuring on the hard rock maple top, with bookmatched flame extending prominently both from the center seam and inward from the edges of the lower bout. This guitar is virtually unplayed with barely a scratch on the body and a flawless neck profile.
The brown Lifton-style Custom Shop hardshell case is included, along with the COA, extra Custom Shop switch plate cover, and all hangtags.