’59 Les Pauls may hog the collector’s limelight, but to players in the know, the 1960 Les Paul Standard introduced some of the most enticing features these iconic solidbodies have ever presented. To commemorate this guitar’s 60th anniversary, Gibson Custom has released three versions of the 1960 Les Paul Standard — in three distinct versions to accommodate for neck, finish, tuner, and knob variances. Each 60th Anniversary Les Paul Standard is rendered in stunning detail and comes outfitted with historic appointments and electronics. The non-weight-relieved solid mahogany body with hide-glued flame maple top delivers unsurpassed Les Paul richness and resonance. For the V2 edition, the body is hide glue–fit to a period-correct Slim “C” mahogany neck that’s beautifully adorned with a 24-3/4″-scale Indian rosewood fingerboard and enhanced with Kluson Single Line/Double Ring tuners. Paired with Gibson’s Custombucker Alnico III pickups, vintage CTS pots, and paper-in-oil caps, the Gibson 60th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard V2 VOS is a recipe for unforgettable tone and performance.
Slim “C” mahogany neck
To revive the essence of mid-year 1960 Les Paul Standards, Gibson painstakingly re-created each element piece by piece. The full-weight mahogany body, 2-piece figured maple top, and solid rosewood fingerboard are only the beginning. The crown jewel in this piece is the Slim “C” neck profile, which laid the groundwork for what would become the SlimTaper — one of Gibson’s most popular neck profiles to date. This slimmed-out profile is built to suit a wide range of player and styles, making it the perfect axe for crossover rhythm and lead players. A hide glue neck joint delivers classic Les Paul sustain, and aged cellulose Trapezoid inlays supply classic Les Paul aesthetics.
Heirloom Custombucker pickups
Beginning with vintage CTS potentiometers and paper-in-oil capacitors, every inch of the 60th Anniversary Les Paul Standard’s internal signal path was designed to give you absolutely dead-on 1960 Les Paul tone. Of course, it’s next to impossible to find genuine vintage PAFs (even for Gibson). Instead, the 60th Anniversary sports a pair of Custombucker Alnico III humbuckers — some of the most historically accurate Gibson PAF copies ever created. The 60th Anniversary’s Amber Butyrate Top Hat knobs with Silver Inserts provide a dynamic throw and an added dose of classic ’60s character.
Historic finish and tuners
Gibson analyzed the appointments and wear patterns on several vintage mid-year 1960 Les Paul Standards to create the finish patterns for the 60th Anniversary V2. Its brighter colors and vintage nitro finishes adhere to Standards released throughout the middle third of this red-letter year. Its Single Line/Double Ring Kluson tuners are authentic to this mid-year run as well, as represented here in these painstaking re-creations. If you’re after an authentic vintage playing experience, the Gibson 60th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard V2 VOS is spec’d to please even staunch 1960 enthusiasts.
- Modeled after Les Paul Standards created in the middle third of 1960
- Highly collectible — includes a Gibson Certificate of Authenticity
- Slim “C” mahogany neck is perfect for crossover rhythm and lead players
- Single Line/Double Ring Kluson tuners are painstaking re-creations of mid-year 1960s models
- Solid one-piece mahogany body (not weight relieved) sports a beautifully figured 2-piece flame maple top
- Custombucker Alnico III pickups supply dead-on vintage PAF tone
- Internally wired with historic CTS 500K pots and paper-in-oil caps
- Hide glue construction supplies exceptional sustain and response
- Thin VOS nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Weighs 8.7 lbs. Neck measurements read .84 of an inch at the 1st fret, and .93 at the 12th
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