The 1959 Gibson Electric Guitars and Amplifiers Catalog

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  1. Northwinds

    Northwinds Senior Member

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    Awesome :wow:, thanks for sharing this piece of history :dude:
     
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  2. vulture

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    Much fun! Thanks for posting.
     
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  3. Chicago John

    Chicago John Senior Member

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    I'll take one of those $575 Byrdlands, please :thumb:
     
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  4. rinoatl

    rinoatl Senior Member

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    very cool
     
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    papajim Senior Member

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    I can't believe a 53 year old catalog would give me GAS.
     
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  6. hecube

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    I want pretty much everything in that catalog.
     
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  7. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    I'm glad you gents are digging this. I thought it was really cool. And yes, I'd love to pick up a TV Yellow Jr. for $132:dude:
     
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    Beautiful nostalgia ngg ... :applause:


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  9. northernguitarguy

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    $132, yep that seems about right:D
     
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  10. Sin Nombre

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    If you were earning $1.50 an hour? :hmm:
     
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  11. northernguitarguy

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    Stop fvcking with the dream!:laugh2:
     
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    I want a 1973 Catalog.
     
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  13. northernguitarguy

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    Significant year?
     
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    for me it is, mines a 73 Custom.
     
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  15. fourdigitjunior

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    LP junior should be doublecut in 59 catalog. Anyway, great info. Thanks a lot.
     
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  16. Shadowplayer

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    Yeah, they made doublenecks in 59. but this one looks different than the standard 59 model. i almost would say this was the lineup for maybe 58 or so. theres no burst LPs in it at all, but there is a V, similar to the 58 style
     
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  17. Brians Evil Twin

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    The trapeze bridge was Lester's design and part of the agreement he made with Gibson in '51. He mentions it in his biography and says that Gibson didn't account for the neck angle required and the only way that first batch of guitars was playable was to string them under, which reduced bridge pressure and killed tone (see pic above).

    Anyway, they look cool but are terrible bridges, I had one as original equipment on an ES-225T and while I didn't have to string it under on that guitar, it was impossible to get decent intonation. You could get it "OK", but nothing like a TOM or even a compensated archtop bridge.
     
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  18. Bluefox

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    Gibson didn't update the pictures in their catalogs until 1960, that's why the Les Pauls pictured look like pre-57. As far as Gibson Amps are concerned Ry Cooder used to play a GA 20 amp I think Doyle Brmhall Jr played some Gibson amp too. I own a GA 40 Les Paul amp from 1960 and it's a beast, 15 watt, four channels with four different sounds ranging from Tweed Fender to early Marshall. The speaker is a Jensen P12P. They used normally a P12N, but sometimes the P 12P which is quite rare as guitar amp speaker. Those early Gibson amps are quite underrated, but if in good condition are killer. I truly love my GA 40.
     
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    Thanks for the post. Very interesting to see :)
     
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  20. Bluefox

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    The evidence that Gibson simply didn't update the pictures is in the text, the Les Paul pictured has P 90 pickups, but the text refers to humbucking pickups.
     

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