We're very proud to present a very collectable Historic Les Paul: a 2003 R8 with confirmed BRW. Absolutely spectacular guitar! Gibson only made 224 of these (apart from a handful from the Music Machine "Stinger" run), and this was the only year they made them. Very limited, very sought after. Gibson has said various times that they will never use BRW on their fretboards ever again.
The sound of this beauty is, as you may imagine, exceptional: a lot of bite, great sustain... a true tone monster, not only a showcase guitar. It has a nice chunky '58 neck, and the weight is 9 lbs 2.56 oz (4155 gr).
The top, as you can see in the pictures, is a very elegant flatsawn plaintop. Lots of nice wood "rings" all over. The Washed Cherry finish is very subtle near the sides and lower edges, and more pronounced near the neck. Capturing this in pictures has been very hard, so we've shown the guitar in different light situations to see the differences.
The BRW fretboard has a very nice wavy grain, very reddish. It's oily texture is usually a good giveaway for BRW. It is an early 2003 BRW R8, serial number confirmed by Gibson.
The guitar is in truly excellent condition. It seems to have been played slightly nearly a decade ago, and then safely kept in a case for many years. There is very light worming in the back, near the pots cover (you have to tilt the guitar under a light in order to actually see it), and it has a small chip near the lower strap button, but it is towards the back of the guitar and not easy to spot (see pictures).
Apart from this, the guitar looks practically new. Electronics are original (pickups were once replaced but original Burstbuckers are back on).
Includes OHSC, all accessories, case candy, checklist and COA.
A great chance to own a very collectable guitar, a piece of history in Gibson Historics. The value of these have sky-rocketed in the last years: Gibson will never be using BRW ever again. So no more runs like these, ever.
A true collector's piece, no doubt... and it sounds as good as it looks.
Series: Custom Shop Historic Reissue
Model: Gibson Custom Shop 1958 VOS Reissue BRW
Top: Carved Maple
Finish: Nitrocellulose (Gloss)
Color: Washed Cherry
Neck profile: early ‘50s round
Radius: 12" (305mm)
Scale: 24.75" (629mm)
Width at nut: 1.687" (42mm)
Bridge/Tailpiece: ABR-1 Bridge, Stopbar Tailpiece
Machine Heads: Vintage-style Tulip Tuners
Pickups: 2x Burstucker Humbuckers
Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way switch
Electrónics: “Bumble-bee” caps and CTS pots
Custom Shop OHSC and Certificate of Authenticity.