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Gibson Les Paul 'Pearly Gates' - Used - RECENTLY SOLD



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Billy Gibbons’ favorite axe has always been his beloved Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard with legendary angelic qualities. It has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date, and sings with a “God-like voice” unlike any other guitar. Gibbons’ legendary Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard – is like no other guitar in the world, and now you can own a painstaking replica of this sacred instrument.

This is an exact replica of Billy Gibbons 1959 Gibson Sunburst Les Paul Standard “Pearly Gates” produced by the Gibson Custom Shop and Aged by Tom Murphy. This guitar is 1 of 50 that was made in 2009. Gibson Custom has matched the faded Billy Gibbons Burst finish almost perfectly. The naturally darkened edges give way to the beautiful patterns of the maple grain. Even the original’s distinct red mahogany back is intact. The neck has a 1959 rounded profile which sports the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson’s Golden Era.

Gibbons uses Pearly Gates only in the studio. In concert, he relies on Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers to replicate its legendary tone. The Seymour Duncan Web site says they’re “sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar.” Isn’t that what Billy Gibbons does every time he picks up his ‘Pearly Gates?’

This guitar has a 003 serial number making it one of the first ones made. We are very proud to have this rare, collectable gem in our shop!


Body: Two-piece flame maple cap on mahogany back

Neck: Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays

Pickups/Hardware: Two humbuckers, three-way pickup selector switch, independent tone and volume controls, and Gibson deluxe tuners

Cosmetic Condition: The LP has been painstakingly "murphy" aged to look just like Billy's.   The guitar has not been played since purchased.  

Modifications: None

Weight: 8lbs 11oz

Case: Original hardshell with all original paperwork, accessories, and original box

Serial number: 003.

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