Now @ CME | Two Kirk Hammett “GREENY” Collector’s Edition 1959 Les Paul Standards

Can You Believe There Are Two (!!) Of The Most Coveted Gibson Custom Shop Guitars Ever Under CME’s Roof At One Time?

We’ve had an unbelievable amount of amazing Gibson Custom Shop guitars come through Chicago Music Exchange these past few months, especially with all the Collector’s Choice and Murphy Labs aged models—including a few aged and painted by Tom Murphy himself—in The CME Collection. Then, just when we thought we’d seen it all, we had a chance to behold for ourselves not one but two of the Collector’s Edition Kirk Hammett “Greeny” 1959 Les Paul Standard guitars side-by-side! And incredibly low, single digit serial numbers at that!

Well, you better believe that we’ve been seeing double at CME since the moment that two of the first “Greeny” models to come out of the Custom Shop came under CME’s roof less than a month after sales of this limited run began!

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An “exacting replica” of a legendary Les Paul

Perhaps one of the most storied 1959 Les Paul Standard guitars Gibson has ever produced, the original “Greeny” guitar now owned by Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett was first owned by Peter Green, who used it on the first four Fleetwood Mac albums—which included some of their earliest hits, like “Oh Well,” “Black Magic Woman,” and “Albatross”—until Green met Gary Moore in 1970 and eventually offered to sell Moore his Les Paul.

Moore went on to use that guitar throughout his career, on songs like “Waiting For An Alibi” and “Parisienne Walkway,” both as a solo artist and during his time in bands like Thin Lizzy. But, after Moore sold “Greeny” in 2006, it changed hands among several private collectors until Hammett bought the guitar in 2014 and has since used the guitar live and in the studio. 

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Gibson Kirk Hammett "Greeny" Collector's Edition 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue 2022 Sunburst

The following specs were carefully collected and recorded by a skilled technician. For a more detailed description and questions regarding sound, feel, or cosmetic condition, please call to speak to one of our experts.
 

Summary

Finish: Original relic finish by Tom Murphy

Top Material: Maple

Body Material: Mahogany

Body Details: Solid mahogany body with flamed maple top.

Neck Material: Mahogany

Fingerboard Material: Brazilian Rosewood

Neck Profile: C

Neck Thickness (IN): 1st fret .906", 12th fret .982"

Fingerboard Radius: 12.00"

Nut Width: 1-11/16"

Scale Length: 24-3/4"

Neck Details: Set mahogany neck with bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays, and simulated headstock repair.

Electronics: Original electronics and pickups; three-position selector switch with dedicated volume and tone controls for each pickup. The pickups are out of phase in the middle position.

Pickup Measurements: Neck 8.14K, Bridge 8.56K

Hardware: Original hardware.

Weight: 9lbs 4oz

Modifications / Repairs: None.

Case Details: Original hardshell case with accessories.

Cosmetic Condition: The guitar is in excellent shape with no obvious signs of play wear.

Serial Number: 07

Tech Notes: Limited run of 50. COA signed by Kirk Hammett. Finish and relicing by Tom Murphy. The guitar plays well with low action. The frets are narrow and tall, with minimal wear.

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Emulating Iconic Tones

As the story goes, early on in his career, Green removed the original PAF neck humbucker to try to emulate Eric Clapton’s “Bluesbreaker” tone. But, after tinkering around, he accidentally put it back together out of phase with the bridge pickup, which gave the guitar a unique middle position tone compared to other Bursts of the era.

Each Kirk Hammett “Greeny” Collector's Edition 1959 Les Paul Standard was hand-made at the Gibson Custom Shop to recreate the legendary guitar, including the immediately recognizable fade (now referred to as a “Greeny Burst”), as well as its distinctive sound, featuring two Custom Greeny Humbuckers, which use Alnico 2 magnets that are out of phase with each other to achieve that middle position sound the original guitar is so famous for.

Kirk Hammett was very involved in the prototyping process, ensuring every detail was faithful to the original—from the mahogany body to the two-piece maple top and cream binding, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and aging done from start to finish by Tom Murphy himself to match the original.

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While having two of these guitars at once has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, play, hear, and compare these guitars ourselves, you can still find some of the most highly sought-after Gibson Custom Shop and actual vintage guitars when you shop CME any day of the year!

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