Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard

JazzyLester

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Hello guys,

I'm just posting this thread on the Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard.

This was my "the one that got away" guitar.. (I think most people have them.. what's yours?). One I had and regret parting with. I bought one of these brand new back when they were released for the 50th anniversary.. I actually got mine a little late, early in the following year..

If there's one guitar I wish had worked out differently and I still had today it would be this one. I sold it because I'm really particular and it got a drop (long story.. not by my hands!). It hadn't received any visible damage but that kind of thing bothered me then, it repeatedly got to me and I just couldn't get it out of my head so I sold it on.

It had everything I liked and wanted on a guitar. Stock Burstbuckers (non-potted I think), long neck tenon, nice finish options, cool Lifton case. Plus it was limited and numbered. The only thing I wasn't crazy about on them was the edgeburst/rimburst or whatever you wish to call it.. it, plus the lack of pickguard, the latter being no biggie. Just a matter of two holes. But I think they probably should have put a pickguard on it as stock so you didn't have to drill them yourself.

Was there just the one run of these guitars? I'd read somewhere they had some waaay back around 2000 or 2001 but I think the person was maybe getting them mixed up with something else. Do you think it's likely they'll do another similar run of these at some stage? I was wondering, maybe they'll do something next year for the 60th anniversary of the 1959 model?

Failing that, do the 1959 come up on the market much these days? They were quite limited.. 1959 models in total. Not sure if that was 1959 cherryburst and 1959 iced tea burst or 1959 altogether.. I think it was altogether, anyways.

Anyone got any advice on what I should do? I'd like to get my hands on one of these.. but it would be amazing if there's a similar run next year. Or failing all that, is there any similar alternative out there? Seeing as the 1959 is so revered I'm always puzzled why there aren't more guitars such as this that are inspired by or trying to replicate or tribute it.

Thanks in advance, guys.
 

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The big difference between the 59's and other F series (60's tribs) is that thicker neck. I had two of these, both Ice tea. just sold the "stock" one. The remaining one is my "greenie" and the most modded guitar I have, and the only EPI that I consider a keeper. They are very nice guitars, as you mentioned only 1959 built. I think they where all built in 2009, I would suggest keeping an eye on Reverb, and Ebay.
 

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I saw one on Ebay not long ago. As stiff fingers said, keep and eye on Ebay, Reverb and the likes. You can save your search and get e-mail alerts on Ebay.
They made a similar JDM 59 model, and a JDM Classic, both very nice. Not sure, but maybe th eClassic have slim neck.
I'm not keen on the rimburst either, but I forget that when I plug it in :)
 

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I got mine from here when I had posted about how much I liked my 1960 and would like to pickup a 1959 at some point.

Probably worth your while to post in the classifieds here and at Epiphone Talk to see if you have any luck.

Sorry you let yours get away; I too wish it had a teardrop burst but since I can't see it when I play it, it doesn't bother me too much.

Shane
 

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They sometime show up on EBay, or maybe check on this site if somebody's selling. It's a very nice guitar, hope you can find one to replace your "totga".

Mine got hit by a ceiling fan years back, chipped the head stock a bit but nothing to worry about. My little girl (2 y/o that time) suddenly ran and about to hit her head on it, she's more important than the head stock. :)

Actually reading through the specs of the :slash: Anaconda Burst I was thinking the neck profile might be similar. I haven't played it though, can't confirm, but assuming it was modeled to a '59 it just might.
 

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Hi there J-L,
yes, they are nice guitars, and I too regret selling my first one!

However, I was able to find a N.O.S. one 4 years ago, when Musicians Friend had them listed (again!) on their site. It turns out, they had two of them, which had gotten back in the system. I ordered one, and was just thrilled when I opened it up, and saw the top!! :wow:

I can't vouch for the second one, but it looks like mine was intended for the Japanese market,and had been shipped over from Japan, and got back into the US Epiphone inventory. This is based on all the markings/stickers on the box (Gibson Japan, Epiphone Japan), and the owners manual is in Japanese.

Since then, I have been able to get both the guitars mentioned above (Standard '59, and Super Classic) buying them off Japanese auction sites. I have the Super Classic for sale at the moment (on FleeBay), and could probably be talked out of the Standard '59 also. It does have the Teardrop Burst that the "1959" Standards did not have. I'm pretty sure the specs for all 3 of them are close, but have read that the "Standard '59" has BB1 & 2's, and not the 2 & 3 combo in the later ones. Have never pulled the pups on mine to check.
 

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The nicest Epi L.P. that I've enjoyed is their 60's Tribute Plus with The Gibson '57 and '57 Plus PAF pickups. The guitar played like a Gibson Standard or Custom. The only thing that I hated was the 'series/parallel' option. Serious volume drop. I have come to discover that the same volume drop occurs while tapping or 'shunting' humbuckers. :) :)
 

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I have one in Iced Tea. I bought it as my first LP, since I'm a '59 model too ! I had to get mine (late in the availability) from a Canadian dealer that still had stock. Epiphone / Gibson denied Warranty coverage simply because it was bought from a non-US dealer. Didn't matter to me, as I have always considered a lifetime keeper.

I play my Gibson Traditional more these days, but the Epi is staying, long after other guitars go, since I have a sentimental place in my heart for it. It was a really Great Epi model, with lots of features that other Epi's didn't have.
 

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I have one in Iced Tea. I bought it as my first LP, since I'm a '59 model too ! I had to get mine (late in the availability) from a Canadian dealer that still had stock. Epiphone / Gibson denied Warranty coverage simply because it was bought from a non-US dealer. Didn't matter to me, as I have always considered a lifetime keeper.

I play my Gibson Traditional more these days, but the Epi is staying, long after other guitars go, since I have a sentimental place in my heart for it. It was a really Great Epi model, with lots of features that other Epi's didn't have.
Yeah, it is amazing how well some Epiphone builds turn out. They can <accidentally> turn out to play as well as Gibby Custom Shops. Gibson must keep a close eye on Epiphone 'upper end' builds since can be they be as good or better as Gibson Studios or better. Yaaa Music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <especially Blues>. It's an honor, to be part of our forum. :)

I saw one on Ebay not long ago. As stiff fingers said, keep and eye on Ebay, Reverb and the likes. You can save your search and get e-mail alerts on Ebay.
They made a similar JDM 59 model, and a JDM Classic, both very nice. Not sure, but maybe th eClassic have slim neck.
I'm not keen on the rimburst either, but I forget that when I plug it in :)
I like the cat! :) :) :)

The big difference between the 59's and other F series (60's tribs) is that thicker neck. I had two of these, both Ice tea. just sold the "stock" one. The remaining one is my "greenie" and the most modded guitar I have, and the only EPI that I consider a keeper. They are very nice guitars, as you mentioned only 1959 built. I think they where all built in 2009, I would suggest keeping an eye on Reverb, and Ebay.
I've been around electric guitars since the 60's. In the Gibson world, I've never seen a model become as revered and played as the 1959 "Burst". History of the Gibson guitar and family tree is a lot of fun. Boy, did Les Paul get angry with Gibson when they started putting 'Les Paul' trussrod covers on SG bodies. Our forum has taught me so much. For instance, Japan's emergence into building beautiful Fenders. I got an '88 <see avatar>. She has ceramic pups. My first experience with ceramic pups. I am going to replace these as they sound as bad as I thought that they do. Otherwise, She plays just great and may look for some Robert Cray pups to give it some quack. I've always like soloing in positions 2 or 4. :) :)
 
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Yes and no.

The Tribute Plus is definitely on par in quality, but there are a few differences.

The Tribute Plus comes with Gibson 57 and 57+ pickups, the model 1959 comes with Gibson Burstbucker 2 and Burstbucker 3 pickups.

The Tribute Plus has a slim 1960 style neck profile, the model 1959 has a fatter 1959 style neck profile.
 

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Exactly. Epiphone makes such a darn good Gibson history piece. Case in point their '59er faded cherry burst. From a short distance their tribute to that guitar is beautiful, indeed. I added an Epiphone 60's L.P. Tribute Plus. It has Gibson '57 Classic and '57 Classic plus pickups that sound beautiful. I couldn't find a flaw that deserved upgrading. What a guitar! On my L.P. 60's Tribute Plus I really believe that is was very closely built to their real Nashville factory built in the early 60's. Just food for thought in case you want to get another L.Paul someday, The 60's Tribute Plus is an absolute Les Paul. :thumbs:

Yes and no.

The Tribute Plus is definitely on par in quality, but there are a few differences.

The Tribute Plus comes with Gibson 57 and 57+ pickups, the model 1959 comes with Gibson Burstbucker 2 and Burstbucker 3 pickups.

The Tribute Plus has a slim 1960 style neck profile, the model 1959 has a fatter 1959 style neck profile.
Johnny N. How do the 57 Tribute & 57+ Tribute plus compare to the Burstbucker 2 B'Bucker 3 pups?? I've never played through any Burstbuckers. :) :) :)
 
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The Burstbuckers have offset number of windings on the coils, so they tend to be brighter.
I played the Burstbucker 2 and 3 in my Epi model 1959, and the 57 and 57+ in my Gibson Classic T. Two different guitars, so I cant compare directly, but for what it's worth I think I prefer the 57s.
 

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Exactly. Epiphone makes such a darn good Gibson history piece. Case in point their '59er faded cherry burst. From a short distance their tribute to that guitar is beautiful, indeed. I added an Epiphone 60's L.P. Tribute Plus. It has Gibson '57 Classic and '57 Classic plus pickups that sound beautiful. I couldn't find a flaw that deserved upgrading. What a guitar! On my L.P. 60's Tribute Plus I really believe that is was very closely built to their real Nashville factory built in the early 60's. Just food for thought in case you want to get another L.Paul someday, The 60's Tribute Plus is an absolute Les Paul. :thumbs:


Johnny N. How do the 57 Tribute & 57+ Tribute plus compare to the Burstbucker 2 B'Bucker 3 pups?? I've never played through any Burstbuckers. :) :) :)
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I bet they chant 'We Are KALAMAZOO' on the workline.
Make it.
Believe it.
You can Achieve it.

Nicest Epiphones on the planet.

slogans like that are proper persuasion
Amp it Up
What does any of this have to do with this topic? Just trying to follow.
 

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The Burstbuckers have offset number of windings on the coils, so they tend to be brighter.
Wasn't this proven false many times? Despite marketing the coil offset for BBs is within production tolerance for symmetrically wound pups. See this
 

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Wasn't this proven false many times? Despite marketing the coil offset for BBs is within production tolerance for symmetrically wound pups. See this
Could be, but brighter they are :)
 




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