TOM DOYLE "TIME MACHINE" #5 RELIC HISTORIC AGED LES PAUL '59 REISSUE - 2016 Featuring our Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Humbuckers and Our '59 Holy Grail Harness with PIO Real Bumble Bee Caps... With Vintage Aged Lifton Case
This is your chance to own part of the actual Les Paul
The next time you
look at an Aged or Relic'd Les Paul… take a really good look. Have you ever
seen or played first-hand what a real late 50’s Model Les Paul Standard
actually looks like when it’s been played for almost 60 years? We have… more
times than we could possibly count over the last 5 or 6 decades. When you see a
“factory aged” Les Paul, ever notice how generally the only thing that seems to
get aged is the top, and perhaps ever so slightly… the nickel hardware? Now
compare that to a Real Vintage 1959 Les Paul Burst that has been played its
whole life… a keen eye will quickly notice all the outrageous shortcomings of
these so called “aged” guitars.
Take note of the REAL vintage aged finish checking on the top... This is not done with razor blades, etc... This is actual natural aging and cracking.
When Tom Doyle and his team Vintage Age and Relic a Les Paul guitar, the ENTIRE
guitar gets complete attention. Think about it for a moment… how could an
almost 60 year old guitar have a weather checked top but then have brand new
shiny volume and tone knobs with no “greening”, perfectly clean finger
indicators with no rust? How could the top be so old, but the hardware looks so
clean and new? Why are the tuning keys brand new and not discolored, and the
nickel housing not patina’d and rusted? How can the pearloid fret markers not
be discolored? And for God’s sake, how can all the plastics be fresh and clean,
and crisp… right from the factory? We could go on and on… So again, take a
really good look at these supposedly aged or relic'd (and very expensive) Les
Paul guitars! Rather questionable in our humble opinion. Now... look at this!
Again, this is your chance to own part of the actual Les Paul
Legacy… This is a one of a kind, hand done, one off, relic’d Custom Shop Historic ’59 Les Paul… done by
Les Paul’s personal guitarman of over 45 years, Mr. Tom Doyle. ---- NO
factory work here, no mill process, no assembly lines… each guitar is done
individually, by hand. Even the case is an aged and relic’d vintage Lifton
So… how and why do we know all of this? Well… if you haven’t heard of Tom
Doyle, then please go Google him… we’ll wait :)
You see, Tom Doyle was Les Paul’s personal guitar builder, repairman,
restorer, soundman & engineer, co-inventor, fixer, and all around right
hand man for over 45 years. Tom knows more about the Les Paul guitar than any
other single human being on the planet… and that’s putting it mildly. Tom was
side by side with Les, “in the trenches” since the early 60’s… working
tirelessly and was dedicated to “The Master” his entire life. After Les would
destroy a beautiful guitar in the quest for this sound or that, he would
summarily bring it to Tom Doyle to fix, repair, restore, and even make it
better than it was before Les applied his “handy work”. By the late 60’s and
early 70’s, the word got out that Tom Doyle was doing amazing things with Mr.
Les Paul… and the guitar legends came running. Guys like Jimmy Page, Rick Derringer,
Paul McCartney, Chet Atkins,, and all of the “jazz guys” like Bucky Pizzarelli,
Al Dimeola soon had Tom building, modding, and/or repairing their guitars too.
Then in the 80’s Tom was building and working on guitars for the likes of
George Benson, Tommy James, Sting, Muddy Waters… and the list goes on and on.
Tom became known worldwide as “The Luthier to the Stars”. Not bad work,
if you can get it!
So… why the history lesson? We want you to know what you are looking at here.
Tom and his team have completely stripped this guitar down to its core. Every
single part and piece has been painstakingly pored over, aged, relic’d,
antiqued, patina’d, and fussed over and rebuilt. Then even more importantly,
the entire guitar has been elevated to a whole new level with Tom Doyle’s own
Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES PAF Humbuckers, our Holy Grail '59 Les Paul Harness
w/Real Bumblebee PIO Caps - New pots, caps, wires, switch, jack… the whole 9
yards. Even the Lifton Case has been turned into a vintage and relicd’ object of
art… no stone left unturned. It’s the Complete Package!
In short, this Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Historic 1959 Reissue is a
Masterpiece… Virtually indistinguishable from the Real Deal 1959 Les Paul
Standard Burst, and we even dare say that it sounds better! The guitar has all
of the mojo, prestige, vintage charm, old-school feel & playability of a
Real Burst, and of course that “wow factor” of those famous artist played ’59
Bursts you’ve drooled over all of your life… But without that six figure price
Are there other guys out there aging and relic’ing Les Paul guitar? Sure… but
how many of them were Les Paul’s personal guitar builder and constant companion
for all things music for over 45 years? Tom Doyle is nothing less than a
walking-talking encyclopedia of the legacy of our friend and legend, Mr. Les
Paul… and the guitar that famously bears his name. This is an opportunity to
put your hands on an amazing Historic Aged Les Paul Relic straight from “The
Source”… it really doesn’t get any better than this!
One of the first things we do is strip the guitar all the way down to nothing
but a body and a neck… and we get rid of over 2/3rds of the glossy nitro
finish. This lets the guitar “breathe”. This is a major component of why old
vintage guitars sound so woody and have that live and earthy, sweet tone. While
tons of nitrocellulose lacquer gives a Les Paul its “fish bowl” glossy and
shiny finish, it does the guitar no favors when it comes to capturing that
vintage late 50's tone we’re all chasing. Getting rid of a majority of the
massive amount of lacquer allows the guitar to vibrate, resonate, and ring in a
way only 50 and 60 year old Les Pauls, that have been played and played over
decades, can achieve.
Then we painstakingly age, wear, breakdown, and antique every single part,
piece, component, nut, bolt, and screw. Everything on the guitar gets aged…
just as an almost 60 year old guitar would get aged by time, use, wear, smoke,
weather, sweat, bumps, and bruises… and just plain being played and played.
That’s what these beautiful guitars were made for – to be played!
Next the guitar’s finish gets weather checked, just as it would over time. It
gets faded, scratched, hit, cracked, popped, and generally molested… just like
a gigged and heavily used guitar would be. Not just willy-nilly and
indiscriminately… but with great care. We take great pains to recreate the
natural wear patterns of actual decades of use by real guitar players in real
live player situations… we’ve studied this at great lengths. After all we’ve
been playing guitar ourselves our whole lives, and building guitars for the
“Greats” for over 50 years.
Every little detail is given the utmost attention… nothing left to chance, and
we use every part of our knowledge as professional luthiers to achieve a
completely realistic ‘59 Burst. The result is nothing less than spectacular!
Now for the “Pièce De Résistance”… We install our world famous Doyle Coils
TRU-CLONES PAF Humbucker pickups, Les Paul’s final pickup project! These
pickups were the last invention Les was working on to improve the sound of the
Les Paul guitar. As if that weren’t enough, we rewire the whole guitar with our
’59 Holy Grail Harness ~ 550K high audio taper pots, and REAL paper-in-oil
vintage correct .022 Bumble Bee capacitors… The Best of The Best!
Walk into any music store, a gig, recording studio, or a friend’s house with an
old worn vintage Lifton Case (comes with)… snap open the latches, pull out this
guitar and mouths will drop… happens every time we show up anywhere with one of
these “Time Machine” Relics. Sometimes we have a hard time convincing some
people that it’s not the Real McCoy. Then when they hear it played through your
favorite amp… minds are blown, and heads just shake in disbelief.
SO CLOSE TO A REAL '59 BURST ITS UNCANNY!
2016 1959 Reissue Spec Updates Overview:
• One piece, single layer Rosewood fingerboards with real celluloid
• Aniline dye on back & sides on burst finishes. This was original and
discontinued many years ago. Aniline dye is a vintage wood coloring technique
that accentuates wood grain and color.
• Kluson “Deluxe” tuners – the most accurate reproductions to date. These
tuning keys feature the correct color, vintage profile and specifications.
• Hide glue on neck to body joint. Many argue that the original hide-glue
guitars are tonally superior to the modern aliphatic adhesives. Hide glue turns
transparent in the neck joint & also allows for easier removal of the neck.
• New Custom Bucker pickups. These new Custom Bucker Pickups are the most
accurate reproduction of the original fifties PAF pickups to date and not
available after market.
• Truss Rod Assembly has been redesigned to the vintage truss rods of the
50's & do not have sleeve or "condom" of the previous reissues.
• Slightly darker cream binding to match the original 50's Gibsons.
• New color formula for the back & sides that result in a slightly
darker color with more depth & grain presentation.
This Les Paul is a BRAND NEW 2016 Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul with all
the specs of a ‘59... Meticulously hand aged by Tom Doyle. This Guitar weighs
in at 8lbs, 14 oz.
******* THIS LIMITED EDITION TOM DOYLE "TIME MACHINE" RELIC '59 HISTORIC
REISSUE LES PAUL R9 IS VERY COLLECTABLE AND COMES WITH A SPECIAL CERTIFICATE OF
AUTHENTICITY SIGNED BY TOM, A REAL AGED & WORN LIFTON CASE. ALL THE
ORIGINAL GIBSON PAPERWORK AND ORIGINAL COA, AS WELL AS ONE OF OUR DOYLE COILS
T-SHIRTS WITH DISTRESSED VINTAGE LOGO
JUST LIKE A REAL BURST... BUT WITHOUT THE SIX FIGURE PRICE TAG!
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