Gibson Announces Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature 1959 Les Paul Standard

Gibson has unveiled the new Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature 1959 Les Paul Standard. The new model marks the second collaboration between the country and blues artist and the guitar maker, who previously worked together on a '57 Goldtop signature from the Custom Shop. This time, Parnell and Gibson decided to create a new guitar based on a flametop '59 ‘Burst.

The construction elements on the new guitar remain the same as on the ’57 Goldtop, from the contoured cutaway edge to the revised pickup routes, which, according to Gibson, Parnell prefers in order to capture more character from the wood.

Each ’59 Les Paul Standard also features a hand-picked figured maple top accented by an "Abilene Sunset Fade" burst, as well as an underwound '57 Classic humbucker in the neck, an underwound '57 Classic Plus in the bridge and Gibson’s all-new Vintage Tone Circuit which uses paper-in-oil capacitors and vintage taper potentiometers.

Said Parnell about the new signature model, “Our job as artists is to mine what lives in us, and you don’t want something fighting you along the way, you want something helping you. This guitar plays like an extension of myself and makes you want to play more of what you naturally do well.”

For more information, head to Gibson.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.