Remember Jeff Beck’s iconic refinished Les Paul, used on Blow By Blow? I used to have a poster of it on my bedroom wall when I was, like, 14 or something. Anyway, if I knew then that one day Gibson would make a limited edition version of it, I would have started squirrelling away a few bucks a week.
Here’s the press release:
Gibson introduces the limited edition 1954 Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood Guitar
Gibson Guitar has announced the limited edition Gibson Jeff Beck Les Paul “Oxblood” guitar. The new Oxblood model is available in very limited numbers. The first 50 of these historic guitars have been put through an extensive aging and wear process by the master luthiers at Gibson Custom to closely match the look and feel of Beck’s original instrument.
Gibson engineers thoroughly inspected Jeff’s guitar and worked closely with him over a period of months to create as accurate a reproduction as possible. Fifty aged instruments have been personally hand-signed, numbered and played by Beck himself. An additional 100 Gibson Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood guitars will be prepared with Gibson Custom’s pioneering V.O.S. finish, bringing the total run to just 150 rare instruments.
Each guitar comes with a specially produced Gibson Custom case with Jeff Beck’s signature silkscreened on the top, a custom care kit and a certificate of authenticity. Once these guitars are sold they will not be reproduced. This is an essential purchase for any guitar collector or fan of iconic British guitarist Jeff Beck.
Many great off-the-shelf electric guitars have had their reputations elevated by the legendary artists who have played them. The best known and most revered of these is arguably Jeff Beck’s Les Paul Oxblood, a guitar from the heart of tone history. Now, Gibson Custom unveils the most accurate recreation of the Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood ever produced.
From its aged and authentic Oxblood finish to the custom-tailored neck profile modeled precisely from Beck’s original instrument, to the blistering and powerful sounds produced by Gibson’s legendary Burstbucker humbucking pickups, the new Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood from Gibson Custom leaves nothing to chance. It is simply one of the most exact replicas of any historic guitar ever produced by the master craftsmen at Gibson Custom in Nashville, Tennessee.
One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Jeff Beck burst onto the music scene in 1966 after joining the Yardbirds. Although his stint with the band lasted only 18 months, Beck played on almost all of the group’s hits. At the height of the Yardbirds’ popularity in 1967, Beck left the group and embarked upon an unpredictable journey of musical discovery that has lasted nearly four-decades. Over the course of his career Beck has left his distinctive mark on hard rock, jazz-fusion and modern music history.
During a trip to the US in 1973 Beck bought an early fifties Les Paul Goldtop, which had been modified by the Strings & Things music store in Memphis adding two humbucking pickups to replace the original P-90s, and a heavy dark-brown lacquer finish to the body. Beck himself calls it an “oxblood” color.
This Oxblood Les Paul attained legendary status when played and then featured on the cover of Beck’s groundbreaking jazz-rock album “Blow By Blow” recorded in late 1974 with Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Gibson Custom Division is honored to present this recreation of Jeff Beck’s Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxblood. Beck recently said “The Les Paul has a big powerful sound that no other guitar has. It just sounds rich.” The guitar’s features include a carved maple top under the aged Oxblood finish, a one piece rounded mahogany neck, vintage reissue .010 strings, aged nickel hardware and aged acrylic trapezoid inlays.
For more information, please visit www.gibson.com
I first saw this press release on the GuitarSite email.