Rick Nielsen’s 1959 Les Paul Standard Recreated by Gibson Custom Shop

Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, a Reverb investor, is being honored with a new signature guitar, the Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard.

The hand-crafted Custom Collector’s Choice guitar is based on Nielsen’s own ’59 LP, serial number 9 0655, which he has owned and played constantly, both live and in the studio, for more than 25 years. Nielsen worked with the Gibson Custom Shop to create a replica so convincing that Nielsen intends to retire the original, Gibson said, much to the relief of his road crew, management, and their insurers.

The guitar is available in three different runs:

All of the guitars in the series are hand-crafted and accurate to historical specifications based on digital scans of Nielsen’s original, replicating its neck shape and dish carve

Chicago Music Exchange will receive five aged and signed Rick Nielsen Les Pauls, which are available for pre-order.


Specs: Gibson Custom Shop Collector's Choice Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst

  • Top: 2 piece figured maple top
  • Back: 1 piece genuine mahogany
  • Neck wood: 1 piece Indian rosewood
  • Nut: Nylon
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Inlays: Cellulose trapezoid
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Bucker, True Historic Covers
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Bucker, True Historic Covers
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuners: Kluson Deluxe Single Band
  • Bridge: ABR-1
  • Case: Aged hardshell case
  • Chicago Music Exchange is an authorized online Gibson dealer. This guitar comes with manufacturer warranty.
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