In a strictly limited run of no more than 150 hand-aged guitars plus another 150 treated to Gibson Custom’s proprietary VOS finishing process, the Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst 1959 Les Paul captures the precise look, feel and tone of a guitar known to be at the pinnacle of what is already a rare breed. The effort of recreating this legend has been undertaken with the highest standards of materials and craftsmanship, and each of the resulting guitars includes a very special package of commemorative items—among them, a Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst 1959 Les Paul documentary video hosted by Lee Roy Parnell, a custom dust cover, and more—to make ownership a lifelong and memorable event for the few who will have the pleasure of calling the Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst ’59 Les Paul their own. Reserve one today at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.
The body of the Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst 1959 Les Paul is crafted in the image of the original, using a single piece of solid, lightweight, hand-selected mahogany, with a two-piece maple top that is hand-selected to match the look of the top on Duane’s original guitar. A one-piece mahogany neck is carved to the precise profile of the original Allman Les Paul, with a depth of 0.880” at the 1st fret and 0.985” at the 12th. It is topped with a one-piece Indian rosewood fingerboard, which is inlaid with aged cellulose trapezoid position markers for a vintage-correct look. The guitar is finished in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer to match the beautifully faded Cherry Sunburst finish on the original, with 150 guitars further hand-aged to precisely replicate the playing wear of Duane’s guitar.
The original PAF humbucking pickups were a major component of any great vintage Les Paul’s tone, and those on Duane’s original Cherry Sunburst Standard are known to be a much-revered set. Gibson Custom has recreated them in the Custom Buckers loaded into the Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst ’59 Les Paul after precise study and measurement of the originals, using genuine Alnico III magnets and vintage-style windings of 42 AWG wire. Both pickups are loaded with no covers, revealing the double-black coils familiar from Duane’s original guitar. The result brings you all the depth, richness and clarity of the legendary Allman Brothers tone. The pickups are routed through the traditional control complement, with Bumblebee capacitors on the tone pots.
A traditional hardware set completes the look of the Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst 1959 Les Paul, and ensures its authentic tone. The ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge with brass saddles and a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece display decades of playing wear through Gibson Custom’s hand-aging (or the light patina of the VOS process on the 150 guitars treated in that way), and a set of Schaller™ double-band tuners represent one of the only notable modifications to the original guitar. Vintage-correct cream reissue binding, gold top-hat knobs, cream pickup rings and switch ring, and a period-correct two-ply “bell” truss-rod cover complete the package.
The Duane Allman Cherry Sunburst 1959 Les Paul comes protected in a brown Custom Shop case with red fur lining. The 150 hand-aged guitars include a metal engraved Certificate of Authenticity with flight-case-themed holder; a “Peacock” shirt-inspired dust cover for the guitar; a USB drive with video documentary of the guitar hosted by Lee Roy Parnell, in an engraved wooden case; and a glass slide of the style used by Duane Allman. The VOS guitars include the same dust cover and video documentary, along with a standard Certificate of Authenticity in a Custom Shop holder.
All guitars are covered by Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
|Top||Unique Lightly Figured Maple|
|Species||Mahogany with Maple Spline|
|Profile||Original Allman Les Paul|
|Joint Angle||4° (+/- 15 seconds)|
|Joint||Mortise & Tenon|
|Joint Angle Tolerance||+/- .005″|
|Other||Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots|
|Slots||Gibson PLEK System|
|Truss Rod Cover||Vintage|
|Plating||Chrome (w/brass saddles)|
|Type||Aluminum Stop Bar|
|Knobs||Gold Top Hat with Dial Pointers|
|Toggle Switch Washer||Cream|
|Pickup Mounting Rings||Cream|
|Control Plate Cover||Black|
|Strings||.010 – .046|
|Neck Position||Custom Bucker
|Bridge Position||Custom Bucker
|Coil Wiring||Parallel-Machine Wound|
|Potentiometers||2 Volume Controls
2 Tone Controls
|Toggle Switch||Switchcraft Axial Three-Way with Vintage Toggle Cap|
|Output Jack||Traditional ¼”|
|Type||Custom Shop Hardshell|
|Additional Materials||Each Duane Allman 1959 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul comes with adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s limited lifetime warranty.|