This is a 2013 Gibson Custom Shop, Collectors Choice #8 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue of Bernie Marsdens "The Beast".
What a killer guitar this one is.
If you don't know about the Collectors Choice range, basically Gibson borrowed original Les Pauls from the 50s. Most of which are famous guitars or have famous owners. They then copied them as much as they could and even went to the great lengths of replicating every bump, scratch and dent.
So cosmetically they should be near identical to the original.
They took lots of measurements and replicated the weight, neck profile, colour and pickups etc.
So in theory they basically made copies of those old iconic guitars using a Custom Shop Les Paul as the base model.
They made less than 300 of each model. The early models are the most famous and the ones that everyone wants.
This is a replica of Bernie Marsden from Whitesnakes 1959 The Beast.
These feel old, look old and are amazing to play.
Chunky 59 neck profile as expected.
Loaded with Gibson Burstbuckers 2&3 which sound great.
It's as it left the shop back in 2013. Original tags and certificate etc
These didn't come with a signature on them BUT the previous owner met Bernie and got him to sign it. He also commented saying its the first one in the UK he had signed and numbered it with a view of increasing the numbers should he sign any more.
These are going through the roof value wise.
A well known retailer got 20k for one a few years back.
The only one I can find on the market is in Asia for 15500 plus 30% imports but isn't signed.
Taking all this into consideration, we are in the UK, its rare AND signed we are asking £17,500 directly.
Great investment piece.
Worldwide delivery available. I can deliver it myself.
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