Gibson Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop
Gibson introduces the limited edition Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop, featuring a pinstripe pattern designed by the artist himself.
Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker 2014
Only 300 guitars will be made, half of which will utilize Gibson's VOS artificial aging, while the other half will be hand-aged. Of the hand-aged guitars, 50 will be personally signed and played by the Reverend.
The Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop follows the exact profile and measurements found on the artists own Les Paul, even the Texas-shaped "buckle rash" wear pattern on the back were carefully reproduced on the hand-aged models. According to Gibson, the pinstripe on each guitar will be hand-recreated one at a time by hotrod-pinstripe artist Rick Harris and a Gibson artist trained personally by Rick.
To handle the demands of modern day gigging, Gibson opted to reduce the weight of this Les Paul. The body features a chambered one-piece mahogany with a classic maple top, providing the same classic shape and feel, but comfortably lighter.
The neck on the other hand stays true to the original design, featuring an authentic '50s era neck profile reproduced to precisely mimic that of Billy's own Goldtop. It has a rosewood fretboard with 12" fingerboard radius, 1.687" nut width, with the frets and nut properly setup by Gibson's PLEK system. Both the body and neck are wrapped with a single-ply cream binding.
As for the pickups, Gibbons went with his signature Semour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers. The two pickups are wired to Billy's preferred control setup, which is a 3-way pickup selector, two volume control and just one master tone knob.
Other features include nitrocellulose trapezoid inlays, gold top hats, cream pickup mounting rings, aluminum adjusto-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece and Kluson Deluxe tuners. The MSRP for the Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop starts at $5,665, you can head over Gibson for further details.
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