Gibson is offering a $59k reward for the return of lost 1959-1960 shipping ledgers

1952 Gibson ledger (Image credit: Gibson)

Gibson is offering a $59,000 cash reward for the company’s missing 1959-1960 ledger, which contain the shipping records of all the Gibson guitars created during that year – including the cherished original Les Paul burst electric guitar.

According to Gibson, the shipping ledgers in question disappeared from the company’s archives roughly thirty years ago, around the time the brand moved from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Nashville.

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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.