Gibson Custom Shop Historic Les Paul Music Machine Stinger MM20 57RI Gold Top Brazilian RW 2003


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Gibson Les Paul Custom Art & Historic 1957 Reissue Gold Top (57RI or R7) - Music Machine "Stinger" Series MM20 made in 2003- All Original With Original Hardshell Case, Hang-Tags, Case Candy, "Stinger Series" Brochure and COA!

Number 20 of 46 EVER MADE!!!!!

This Spectacular Custom Art & Historic series Les Paul Music Machine "Stinger" series 1957 reissue features a one-piece hand selected Mahogany body, hand selected Eastern Hard Rock Maple top, builder selected one-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon and the best very Brazilian Rosewood for the fingerboard. All woods were carefully hand-selected by Dave Carpenter owner of Music Machine Guitars along side Edwin Wilson who at the time was head of Gibson's Custom Art & Historic division. Equipped with Gibson Burstbucker #1 & #2 PAF Humbucker pickups paired with historically accurate CTS pots and bumblebee caps for the most accurate recreation in tone and quality of the original 1957 Gibson Les Pauls imaginable. The 24.75" scale length neck has a '59 Vintage Slim neck profile and plays like a dream. The historical reissue hardware features vintage style tuning machines, an ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece with nickel plated hardware.
~ Lets go deeper...More about the Music Machine Stinger Series Limited Edition Les Pauls ~ 

"The Stinger Series custom guitars are all about The TONE!" according to Edwin Wilson, who was at the time, the Gibson Historic Program Manager and the man behind the magic of the Stinger Series guitars. In Commemoration of their 25th Anniversary, Music Machine of Washington, who was one of Gibson's biggest Dealers, had Gibson do a 500 guitar custom run to their spec's called the Stinger series. The owner of Music Machine, Dave Carpenter, has an original '59 burst with a stinger painted on the back of the headstock This guitar was pictured in Yasuhiko Iwanade's renowned publication; "BEAUTY OF THE 'BURST." The MM Stinger series was modeled after THAT guitar. The Stinger Series would be the largest custom run Gibson had done to date. There would be many and varied specifications, changing from model to model. The entire Stinger Series would have a black stinger painted on the back of the headstock like the more expensive Gibson models such as the Gibson L5 and Super 400 and Dave's original '59 Burst. The story goes that if there were any imperfections in the wood the stinger was painted on the back of the headstock to cover it. The entire Stinger Series would have Brazilian Rosewood Fretboards ('54-'60) and also get a special and extra series number on the back of the peghead along with the regular Gibson serial number. The Stinger Series special numbers start with MM for Music Machine and came with an additional and special certificate of authenticity.
These Gibson Les Paul guitars were built for tone and have the sweetest sounding wood of any LP ever!
This completely breathtaking 1957 Les Paul Gold Top Reissue is a gem that has to be seen and played to be believed. These guitars sound just incredible...VERY different than regular reissues. The tone is just so rich with some of the most pronounced and musical mids and lows of any Gibson Les Pauls out there. Dave Carpenter and Edwin Wilson explain that the neck blank for these guitars was so important to them because the neck acts like a big tuning fork. For reason they picked heavy neck blanks for these builds. Uniquely, much of the overall weight of the guitar is in the neck, but is in NO WAY "neck heavy" like some SG's for example. This is just one of many reasons for the jaw dropping tones produced by these rare Les Pauls.

This magnificent '57 Gold Top reissue was detailed to the utmost level scrutiny before being set up with 10-46 gauge strings and dialed in to perfection. A rare and remarkable instrument. A true testament to the incredible talent and craftmanship of the luthiers at Gibson. Includes all case candy, hang tags and certificate of authenticity. Ships in original Gibson Historic Hard Shell case. The guitar is in excellent condition aside from one ding on the top edge of the body near the pickup selector switch. 

* Make: Gibson
* Model: MM20 Music Machine "Stinger" 1957 Custom Art & Historic Reissue
* Year: 2003
* Finish: Gold Top With Stinger Headstock
* Country of Origin: USA
* Serial #7 3482
* Condition: Excellent
* Weight: 8lbs 12oz.
* Body Type: Solid
* Body Wood: Hand Selected One-Piece Mahogany
* Top: Hand Selected Eastern Hard Rock Maple
* Scale Length: 24.75"
* Neck Joint: Set Neck
* Neck Wood: Hand Selected Solid One-Piece Mahogany
* Fingerboard: Hand Selected Brazilian Rosewood
* Fingerboard Radius: 12"
* Neck Profile: Gibson '59 Vintage Slim
* Inlays: Trapezoid Mother of Pearl
* Nut Width: 1.69"
* Nut Material: Nylon
* Frets: 22 Frets
* Pickups: Gibson Burstbucker II (Bridge) Busrtbucker I (Neck)
* Controls: 2 Volume 2 Tone
* Switch: 3-Way Switch
* Hardware: Chrome
* Tuning Machines: Gibson Vintage Keystone
* Bridge: ABR 1
* Knobs: Gibson Top Hats
* String Gauge: 10-46
* Case: Original Gibson Custom Shop Historic Hardshell Case

Product Specs

Listed17 days ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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Right / Left Handed
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