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Gibson Custom CC #22 Tommy Colletti 1959 RI Les Paul Custom (Serial #CC22A063)



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The Gibson Custom Collector's Choice™ series cracks open the greatest vaults of vintage instruments in the world, allowing players the opportunity to own replicas of one-of-a-kind historic guitars. We've contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their greatest prizes in this unique and unprecedented program.

1959 Les Paul Custom Reissue Tommy Colletti

Introducing Collector’s Choice #22, Tommy Colletti’s 1959 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty”, a very precise replica of Tommy’s (owner of The Music Zoo in New York and longtime Gibson Custom Shop Dealer) original, featuring True Historic Finish processes and build techniques. Each one of this very limited run of guitars (up to 300 worldwide) features a True Historic Vintage Lamp Black finish and sports double-carved and hand-sanded top and neck profiles taken directly from the original via digital scanning.

The neck profile was particularly important to Tommy as we collaborated on replicating his original. “I’d never felt one like it before. It’s got this very soft “V” that makes it a joy to play. I was actually surprised, the first time I picked it up, at how playable it is. Now, I expect every guitar to feel that good when I hold it. I guess it spoiled me!”

Some of the other many features offered on CC#22 as part of the True Historic class of Collector’s Choice guitars include all hyde glue construction, rolled fingerboard binding and soft radiuses throughout. These thoughtful details, along with the guitar’s slightly thinner neck profile, make this a joy to hold and play, as Tommy so accurately puts it. And, as the only ’59 Black Beauty to be offered as a replica of an original, it’s a rare opportunity to add something unique to a collector's or player’s arsenal.


  • Top: Mahogany
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Truss Rod: Historic Reissue
  • Neck Profile: 1959 Les Paul Custom
  • Peg Head: 1959 Les Paul Custom Historic
  • Nut: Nylon
  • Nut Width: 1.687”
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Radius: 12”
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Inlays: Block
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Bucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Bucker
  • Hardware: Aged Gold
  • Tuners: Grover Kidney
  • Bridge: ABR with thumbwheels
  • Serial #CC 22A 009
  • 9.12oz
  • Case: Hardshell


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