PRESS RELEASE: Chicago Music Exchange will be hosting Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Nielsen, at an exclusive in-store event on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to coincide with the release of the brand new aged and signed Gibson Custom Shop Collector’s Choice Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst electric guitar, limited in production to 50 instruments worldwide. Select guests have the rare opportunity to meet Nielsen as he signs their new guitar in person, a unique product launch experience like never before. A brief meet and greet will precede a Q&A session with Nielsen and representatives of Gibson. Following discussion, each of the 50 guitars will be signed in store. Food will be provided by FIG Catering, and beer by Flying Dog Brewery.

Of the limited run, five guitars are available to purchase from Chicago Music Exchange at or before the event. The Gibson Custom Shop Collector’s Choice Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst model is priced at $12,099.00 USD, and can be purchased by contacting Chicago Music Exchange at 888-686-7872 or e-mailing

Of the guitar, Gibson states:

Gibson Custom is excited to release the Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard, original Serial #9 0655, a replica based on Rick’s original, Serial #9 0655.

Rick and the original have been together for over 35 years, since the charismatic guitarist of mega-band Cheap Trick added the guitar to his vast collection. Unlike most of Rick’s collection however, his original ’59 has become a constant stage and studio companion. Rick even travels with it today, much to the dismay of his touring crew who are quick to point out that the majority of the band’s insurance rider costs on tour are used to cover Rick’s rather valuable original ’59. Gibson Custom worked very closely with Rick to create a replica so convincing that he intends to retire the original, having now put the prototype and its standard side-by-side and found it to be worthy to take the original’s place in his tour arsenal. The Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul Standard is being offered in a run of 50 Aged & Signed (and our first Artist Replica to include an aged Reissue case), 100 Aged, and 150 Vintage Gloss. All versions of the guitar are rendered to True Historic specifications and are, of course, hand-crafted based on digital scans of Rick’s original so that the neck shape and dish carve are precisely replicated.

Attendance is limited to 100 VIP customers. To inquire about attending, please contact

About Chicago Music Exchange

For over 25 years, Chicago Music Exchange has been serving the world’s musicians, collectors, and friends for their first, second, or twelfth guitar. Nestled in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, it boasts an incredible showroom, a first class drum shop, and a full service repair shop. Its reputation and collection of new, used, and vintage gear has turned the store into a major Chicago destination for musicians.


To learn more about this event, please contact:

Colleen Harvey, Chicago Music Exchange 3316 N. Lincoln Avenue
(888) 686-7872