Gibson Les Paul Collectors Choice No 1
The "Melvin Franks" Model
An incredible reproduction of a 1959 Les Paul that once belonged to Gary Moore and Peter Green.
The 1959 Les Paul is considered by many serious
guitar players, aficionados, and collectors to be ultimate holy grail
of the electric guitar. Melvyn Franks is a noted collector who
currently owns a superb original 1959 Les Paul that once belonged to
Gary Moore and Peter Green. The Collectors Choice #1 Melvyn Franks 1959
Les Paul Electric Guitar is an incredibly detailed rendering of this
historic guitar. Features that are unique to this fabulous guitar
included a reversed neck pickup (with adjustable pole pieces facing the
bridge), an "out of phase" middle position tone, missing silver inserts
on the top two "top hat" control knobs, Schaller tuners, and a luscious
Other period-correct features of the Melvyn
Franks 1959 Les Paul include a gorgeous 2-piece "bookmatched" flamed
maple top, solid mahogany back, and a one piece mahogany neck with a
long mortise & tenon neck joint, a rounded '59 neck profile, and a
17-degree back-angled headstock. A 22-fret rosewood fingerboard has
mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays that match the size and color of the
Two of Gibson's legendary Burstbucker pickups
deliver all the subtle variations of true, classic "Patent Applied For"
humbucker tone with "unmatched" bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets.
A BurstBucker 3 is in the neck position, and a BurstBucker 2 is fitted
in the bridge position. A Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
provides tuning stability and contribute to the tonality of this very
The Gibson Collector's Choice #1 Melvyn Franks
1959 Les Paul Standard will be produced in a limited run of 100 "aged"
and 300 VOS (vintage old spec) versions. Comes with a Custom Shop
hardshell case, Certificate of Authenticity, owner's manual, and
The handbuilt Collector Choice series are replicas of famous '58-'60 Sunburst Les Pauls that have been immortalized in the book The Beauty Of The Burst
by Yasuhiko Iwanade. These instruments are among the finest examples of
Gibson guitars from the private stashes of noted collectors. Best of
all, these amazing reproductions are offered at a fraction of the value
of the original guitar.