Gibson 2002. Les Paul 50th Anniversary Flame Koa.
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The year 2002 marked the 50th anniversary of the Les Paul model, and Gibson's Custom Shop issued two very different guitars to commemorate this event. The first was a 1952 reissue…
For their second model, Gibson created an ultra-deluxe version of the legendary electric solidbody model, made with exquisite materials.
Featuring figured tone woods and abalone pearl inlays, the 50th Anniversary Les Paul was produced in a limited run of 50 instruments.
The 50th Anniversary Les Paul has a one-piece figured maple back and a two-piece curly koa top. The three-piece neck has a strip of curly koa running between two pieces of curly maple.
The fingerboard is Madagascar ebony and inlaid with abalone clouds and abalone side markers. The top, back and fingerboard are bordered with multi-ply binding. The finish is nitrocellulose lacquer in an antique natural shade that brings out the rich tone of the koa and maple.
All the hardware is gold-plated, including the brass backplates and truss rod cover. The limited-edition 50th Anniversary case came with an embroidered case cover.
Please have a look at this very interesting video from The Trogly's Guitar Show about these guitars
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