Gibson guitars have announced details of a limited-edition Gibson Custom Mick Ralphs 1958 Les Paul Standard Replica guitar.
The Mott the Hoople and Bad Company guitarist’s signature model has been replicated by the Gibson Custom Shop in precise detail in keeping with the original (serial #8 7049) instrument.
The original guitar’s top carve profile, neck contours and pick outputs were measured meticulously in London before being used to craft a prototype, which eventually earned the blessings of the guitar’s current owner and Mick Ralphs himself.
Available as a small limited release, Gibson Custom say the guitars “capture the one-of-a-kind tone, look and feel of the original through the use of hand-selected woods, digitally scanned contours, mapped wear and checking patterns, historic hide-glue construction and vintage-spec materials.”
They add: “The Mick Ralphs 1958 Les Paul Standard Replica is not only a playable tribute to a legendary guitarist but an instrument on par with the hallowed Les Pauls of the late 1950s in every way.”
Dubbed as “the baddest burst in all the land”, you can find out more about the guitar here.
For all you guitar aficionados out there, The Mick Ralphs 1958 Les Paul Standard Replica specs are as follows:
Wood Species: Lightweight Solid Mahogany
Finish: 2 Piece Maple Top
Material: SolidMahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Profile: Replica '58 C-shape Profile
Scale Length: 24.75", 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material: Solid Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Number of Frets: 22
Frets: Jumbo .105"W x .35"H
Nut Material: Nylon
Nut Width: 1.687", 42.85mm
End of Board Width: 2.240", 56.89mm
Inlays: Cellulose Nitrate Trapezoid
Truss Rod: 50's Tubeless
Bridge: ABR-1, screws toward tailpiece
Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum
Tuning Machines: Aged Kluson Deluxe Single Band, extra holes drilled like original guitar
Pick Guard: Replica Laminated Acrylic
Control Knobs: Amber Butyrate Top Hats
Switch Tip: Replica Catalin Amber
Switch Washer: Replica Acrylic
Jack Plate Cover: Replica Laminated Acrylic