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Gibson Reveal the Custom Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop

Published 7 years ago on February 19, 2014

By Jonathan Graham

Gibson Reveal the Custom Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop -

Gibson and ZZ Top veteran Billy F Gibbons join forces to launch the rather awesome,  Gibson Custom Billy F Gibbons Goldtop.

The signature axe features a maple top with luminous goldtop finish complete with a unique pinstripe which was designed by Billy himself plus a pair of Pearly Gates pickups and a mahogany neck with a maple spline.

Being dubbed a 'ground-up revision' of the Les Paul, 150 of these dazzling Custom Billy F. Gibbons Goldtops will be hand-aged, with 50 of them played and personally hand-signed by Billy.

Find out more via official Gibson website.

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(PRESS RELEASE): Billy F. Gibbons doesn't pull any stylistic or tonal punches, so you'd expect his take on the seminal Les Paul Goldtop to be a knockout—and it is.

The first ground-up revision of Gibson's stunning original solidbody electric in over 60 years is a masterpiece of style. In addition to its luscious goldtop finish, it features a unique pinstripe design created by Billy himself, which is hand-recreated one at a time by respected hotrod-pinstripe artist Rick Harris and a Gibson artist trained personally by Rick. Sonically and visually, the guitar blows the doors off the venue with a neck profile measured precisely from the Rev's own Les Paul, ultra-light construction, custom electronics, and a pair of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups.

150 Billy F. Gibbons Goldtops will be carefully hand-aged, with 50 of them played and hand-signed by Billy himself; each of these will have the added kitsch of a Texas-shaped "buckle rash" wear pattern adorning its back. A further 150 VOS models round out the Limited Run of 300 guitars.

Body
Top: Hard Plain Maple
Back: Genuine Mahogany
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond

Headstock
Inlay: Holly Headstock with 'Gibson' Pearl Logo
Truss Rod Cover: Vintage
Angle: 17 Degrees

Neck
Species: Genuine Mahogany Neck with a Maple Spline
Profile: '50s Gibbons
Truss Rod: Reissue Truss Rod Assembly
Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)

Tuners
Model: Kluson™ Deluxe
Tuning Ratio: 12:01
Plating: Nickel

Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"

Fingerboard
Species: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Inlays: Nitrocellulose Trapezoid
Nut/E.O.B 1.687/2.062
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue

Nut
Material: Nylon
Width: 1.687
Slots: Gibson PLEK System

Bridge
Type: ABR
Plating: Nickel

Tailpiece
Type: Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
Plating: Nickel

Hardware
Knobs: Gold Top Hats
Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
Control Plate: Cover Black
Strings: .010 - .046
Strap Buttons: Aluminum Gibson End Pins

Pickups
Neck Position: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates
Bridge Position: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates

 


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