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Gibson Unveils Billy F Gibbons Goldtop Les Paul

ZZ Top axe slinger gets a new signature model Les Paul

 

Gibson Guitars has partnered with legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons to launch the new Billy F Gibbons Goldtop Les Paul. Gibson are referring to the guitar as a “ground up” version of the Les Paul, with Gibbons providing specific input on how to tweak everything from the electronics to actual construction.

 

The limited edition model sports a maple top, mahogany neck, maple spine, and a pair of Pearly Gates pickups. The guitar’s Goldtop finish features a pinstripe design drawn up by Gibbons himself.

 

The Billy F Gibbons Goldtop has a list price of $5, 665 and is limited to a run of just 300 instruments, 50 of which have been played and signed by Gibbons himself.

Gibson press release

 

Billy F. Gibbons doesn’t pull any stylistic or tonal punches, so you’d expect his take on the seminal Les Paul Goldtop to be a knockout—and it is.

 

The first ground-up revision of Gibson’s stunning original solidbody electric in over 60 years is a masterpiece of style. In addition to its luscious goldtop finish, it features a unique pinstripe design created by Billy himself, which is hand-recreated one at a time by respected hotrod-pinstripe artist Rick Harris and a Gibson artist trained personally by Rick. Sonically and visually, the guitar blows the doors off the venue with a neck profile measured precisely from the Rev’s own Les Paul, ultra-light construction, custom electronics, and a pair of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups.

 

150 Billy F. Gibbons Goldtops will be carefully hand-aged, with 50 of them played and hand-signed by Billy himself; each of these will have the added kitsch of a Texas-shaped “buckle rash” wear pattern adorning its back. A further 150 VOS models round out the Limited Run of 300 guitars.

 

Body
Top: Hard Plain Maple
Back: Genuine Mahogany
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond

 

Headstock
Inlay: Holly Headstock with ‘Gibson’ Pearl Logo
Truss Rod Cover: Vintage
Angle: 17 Degrees

 

Neck
Species: Genuine Mahogany Neck with a Maple Spline
Profile: ’50s Gibbons
Truss Rod: Reissue Truss Rod Assembly
Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)

 

Tuners
Model: Kluson™ Deluxe
Tuning Ratio: 12:01
Plating: Nickel

 

Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005″

 

Fingerboard
Species: Rosewood
Radius: 12″
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Inlays: Nitrocellulose Trapezoid
Nut/E.O.B 1.687/2.062
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue

 

Nut
Material: Nylon
Width: 1.687
Slots: Gibson PLEK System

 

Bridge
Type: ABR
Plating: Nickel

 

Tailpiece
Type: Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
Plating: Nickel

 

Hardware
Knobs: Gold Top Hats
Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
Control Plate: Cover Black
Strings: .010 – .046
Strap Buttons: Aluminum Gibson End Pins

 

Pickups
Neck Position: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates
Bridge Position: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates

 

For more information visit the official Gibson website.

 

 

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