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Gibson Custom Collector's Choice #14 1960 Les Paul Waddy "Wachtel 'Burst'" Aged w/Bigsby - Sunburst (026)
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- Weight: 9.2 lbs
Collector's Choice™ #14 1960 Les Paul "Waddy Wachtel"
The Collector’s Choice™ series from Gibson Custom brings to life specific vintage Les Pauls from the collections of noted ’Burst aficionados, with the kinds of painstaking details only possible thanks to the intimate hands-on access afforded by these guitars’ current owners. Right from the late 1960s, through his work with Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor and the Rolling Stones, Waddy Wachtel became rock’s best-known sideman and session player—a household name amid a crowd usually not seen in the spotlight. It is with extreme pride and great pleasure, therefore, that we present Collector’s Choice™ #14 1960 Les Paul aka “Waddy Wachtel Burst”. Selected by Waddy in 1968 from Stephen Stills’s extensive collection, this prized guitar has been with him through countless hits and sold-out tours.
“When I picked it up and my hand went around the neck, it felt like time had stopped for the moment,” Waddy says of his first encounter with this special 1960 Les Paul. “I decided that this guitar I was holding was most definitely ‘The One.’ The sound of my 1960 Sunburst is incomparable.” In a run of no more than 300 guitars (with qualifying materials determining the final number), Gibson Custom is re-creating the “Waddy Wachtel ’Burst” in every glorious, revealing detail. From its thin and superbly comfortable 1960 neck profile to its entrancing soft Lemonburst finish, to its precisely recreated PAF humbuckers, to the added Bigsby™ vibrato, capturing every nuance of tone, feel, and hand-aged appearance. Collector’s Choice™ #14 gives you a chance to own a singular and legendary guitar that would ordinarily be far out of reach of the average player. Reserve yours now at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer, while examples of the “Waddy Wachtel ’Burst” are still available.
LEGENDARY LES PAUL TONE GENERATED FROM SOLID ONE-PIECE MAHOGANY BODY WITH CARVED MAPLE TOP.
CUSTOM BUCKERS CONSTRUCTED TO THE EXACT SPECS OF THE ORIGINALS TO REPRODUCE ITS STUNNINGLY CLEAR TONE.
NICKEL-PLATED TUNE-O-MATIC BRIDGE AND BIGSBY™ VIBRATO TAILPIECE.
A PERFECT RECREATION OF THE FAST, SLIM ’60S NECK PROFILE MAKES IT A LEAD PLAYER’S DREAM.
THE ENTRANCING LEMONBURST FINISH IS FADED TO AN ACCURATE RE-CREATION OF THE ORIGINAL.
METICULOUS HAND-AGING MATCHES THE CHARACTER EARNED BY A MUCH-PLAYED LES PAUL THROUGH A UNIQUE CAREER.
Top Unique Figured Maple
Back Genuine Mahogany
Binding 0.90" Cream Reissue
Adhesive Franklin TitebondBody
Species Mahogany Neck/Maple Spline
Truss Rod Reissue Truss Rod
Joint Angle 4° (+/- 15 seconds)Neck
Joint Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive Hide Glue
Joint Angle Tolerance +/- .005"Neck Fit
Species Indian Rosewood
Binding .040" Cream Reissue
Inlays Nitrocellulose Trapezoid
Nut/E.O.B 1.700 / 2.075
Adhesive Hide GlueFingerboard
Slots Gibson PLEK SystemNut
Inlay Reissue, Holly with Gibson Pearl Inlay
Truss Rod Cover Vintage
Angle 17 DegreesHeadstock
Model Schaller Side Mount
Tuning Ratio 12:01
Plating Nickel / AgedTuners
Type Chrome Gotoh Tune-o-matic
Type Aluminum B5 Bigsby
Pickguard Reissue Cream
Knobs Gold Top Hats
Toggle Switch Washer Cream Toggle Washer
Pickup Mounting Rings Cream
Strings .010 - .046
Strap Buttons Dunlop Dual End PinsHardware
Neck Position Custom Bucker
Bridge Position Custom BuckerPickups
Potentiometers 2 Volume Controls
2 Tone Controls
Capacitors Bumble Bee
Toggle Switch Three-Way
Output Jack Traditional ¼”Electronics
Sealer Nitrocellulose Lacquer Waddy Wachtel 'Burst'
Type Hardshell, Custom Shop
Exterior Brown Pleather
Interior Red Fur
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
Additional Materials Custom Shop Case, Collector's Choice Certificate of Authenticity, Extra Switch Plate