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Gibson Custom Shop Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates Aged 038 (Pre-Owned) #038

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It’s finally here, and it’s bad to the bone. And now you can own it. Billy Gibbons’ favorite axe has always been his beloved Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard with legendary angelic qualities. It has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date, and sings with a “God-like voice” unlike any other guitar.

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When it comes to highly sought after and recognised vintage guitars, few would contend that one Kalamazoo's finest - the 'Gibson 1959 Les Paul Standard' rules the roost. Billy Gibbson's prized '59 burst, lovingly named 'Pearly Gates' is most certainly a jewel in that crown.

In 2009 Gibson's Custom Shop in Nashville - mas part of the exclusive 'Collectrors Choice' program decided to honour this legendary instrument, by painstakingly recreating the rigours of the road and Texas blues riffing at it's finest. Each and every minute detail from the thin pinstripe figure of the maple top, bucklerash, lacquer checking and over stopbar stringing, just how the Rev likes it has been poured over a replicated by
Gibson's team of the best.

Only 100 of these aged instruments were made, the first signed and played by the man himself (this one being of the latter 50).

The guitar is in the same condition it left the Custom Shop with no other than it's artisan simulated weathering, the back plate has been signed by both Edwin Wilson, Tom Fowle and Rick Gembar of Gibson. Including it's original black hardshell custom shop case (although some of the 'Billy Gibbons' printed autogragh on the neck section has begun to wear away, custom guitar shroud, swing tags and suede covered certificate of authenticity.

Rarer than the real thing and already a modern day collectable, here is a chance to own a future rock and roll heirloom.


Gibbons’ legendary Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard – is like no other guitar in the world, and now you can own a painstaking replica of this sacred instrument. Admit it; this is the artist model you’ve been waiting for. Now it’s here, so don’t wait any longer.

Figured maple tops selected just for ‘Pearly Gates’
You won’t believe the figured maple tops. Each one was carefully selected especially for the Gibbons’ ‘Pearly Gates’ model, and each is as beautiful as the top that adorns the original. If choice Les Paul maple tops make do for you, these will make you drool. Get your spittoon ready!

Carefully matched Billy Gibbons Burst finish
Gibson Custom has matched the faded Billy Gibbons Burst finish almost perfectly. You’ll do a double-take the first time you see it. The naturally darkened edges give way to the beautiful patterns of the maple grain. Even the original’s distinct red mahogany back is intact. Granted, no two guitars could ever have exactly the same top and finish. But maybe this is as close as it gets.

Get Billy’s tone with Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers
Gibbons uses Pearly Gates only in the studio. In concert, he relies on Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers to replicate its legendary tone. The Seymour Duncan Web site says they’re “sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar.” Isn’t that what Billy Gibbons does every time he picks up his ‘Pearly Gates?’ Now you can too.

Built like Billy’s original Pearly Gates in every way
No detail was overlooked, just like you’d want it. There’s all nickel hardware, gold top hat control knobs, vintage Kluson-style tulip tuners, and a lightweight aluminum string-over stopbar that lets you set up the strings just like Billy. The one-piece mahogany neck with a 1959 rounded profile also sports the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson’s Golden Era. You also get period-correct CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors. It’s all there.

Top Carved Figured Maple
Body Solid Non-Weight Relieved Mahogany
Neck One Piece Mahogany with Long Neck Tenon
Fingerboard Rosewood
Fres 22
Neck Profile Pearly Gates
Pickups Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Set
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3 Way Toggle
Bridge ABR-1 with Lightweight Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuners Vintage Style Tulips
Unique Features CTS Pots and Bumblebee Capacitors
Custom Shop case with silkscreen "Pearly Gates" guitar sock
Custom Shop Billy Gibbons Certificate