Les Paul Standard Custom Shop Historic VOS 1958 R8 (2013)

Gibson Les Paul R8 Custom Shop

The 1958 & 59 Gibson Les Pauls are regarded by many to be the pinnacle of all Les Pauls. What in particular makes them so special? Well, they’re so special that the R8 is one of the best-selling high-end guitars Gibson has ever made.

Les Paul

Designed and refined by Les Paul himself, the Les Paul is undoubtedly a masterpiece. With PAF humbucking pickups, the R8 worked great for Jazz as intended. When the rockers used the high output to push their amps hard then legends were born. This particular Gibson Les Paul R8 has the infamous Gibson Custom Buckers pickups.

R8 Set Up

1958 Gibson Les Pauls had famously small frets, making the playing experience smooth and allowing the fingerboard to affect the tone. This, combined with a baseball-bat-like neck, produced a unique feel. Actually, 1958 neck shapes are somewhat considered Gibson’s best.


The attention to detail matched with the records and tools of the original factories means something. Although most guitars from Gibson are now CnC’d, the machines are programmed with the relevant information. The woods in this 2013 model were all correctly matched to the originals. Since many wood species are now protected, many materials are now substituted in the guitar world. This is about as close as you can get without selling an organ!


Les Paul Standard Custom Shop Historic VOS 1958 R8 (2013) technical specifications

Manufacturer Gibson
Series Gibson Custom Shop
Made In USA
Serial Number 8 3538
Body Type Solid Body
Body Shape Family Single Cut
Top Material Family Maple
Top Material AA Flamed Maple
Body Material Family Mahogany
Body Material Mahogany
Fretboard Material Family Rosewood
Fretboard Material Indian Rosewood
Neck Material Family Mahogany
Neck Material Mahogany
String Number 6
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width (inch) 1.69
Scale Length (inch) 24.75
Pickup Configuration H-H
Pickup Brand Gibson
Bridge Pickup Model Custom Buckers
Neck Pickup Model Custom Buckers
Pickup Active/Passive Passive
Tremolo No
Left-Friendly? Yes
Year 2013
Based on famous model? Gibson Les Paul Standard 1958
Colour Burst
Finish Lemon Burst
Left/Right Handed Right Handed

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