2008 Gibson USA Les Paul Custom Shop ’58 “Hot Rod”

Gibson Hot Rod 58 Les Paul. Celebrating a love affair that began in the 1950s, HOT ROD magazine and the Gibson Custom Shop have welded the raw power of a souped-up automobile to the sweet vintage tone of a ’58 Les Paul to produce the Hot Rod ’58 Les Paul.  This beautifully reproduced 1958 Les Paul brings to rock and roll what a ’57 Chevy brings to the road. With ghosted flames licking a deep translucent red maple top, a pair of blue tailpipe pickups, a brushed chrome pickguard and a HOT ROD engraved truss rod cover, this guitar is barely street legal. Limited edition of 150.

Gibson Hot Rod ’58 Les Paul Guitar main features include:

  • Carved flame maple top
  • Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back
  • Single-ply cream binding on top
  • Thin toggleswitch washer and jackplate
  • Nickel hardware
  • ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminium stopbar
  • 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
  • 22 fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Acrylic trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and colour)
  • Single-ply cream binding
  • Early ’50 rounded neck profile
  • 24 3/4″ scale length, 1 11/16″ nut width
  • Holly headstock veneer
  • Vintage tulip tuners
  • ’57 Classic Humbucker Pickups, with heat oxidised covers
  • CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage Reissue .010 strings
  • Cherry Red finish underscored by translucent flames
  • Brushed Chrome pickguard with engraved HOD ROD logo
  • Brushed chrome truss rod cover with engraved “58”
  • Heat oxidized pick-up covers

At a RRP of £4000 – this is a serious collectors piece.

Case and Guitar in “near perfect” condition – the neck on this is definitely a ’50’s chunky baseball bat style neck – but the sustain from the phat neck and long tenon joint are incredible.