Gibson has unveiled its last release from its Custom Shop brand, they are not reissue models but they have some features that made these models, back in 1958, great success. We could say that there are 2 groups in these new models, on one hand the 2008 ’58 Explorer and the 2008 ’58 Flying V, and on the other hand the 2008 ’58 ES-335 and the 2008 ’58 Les Paul, both groups share some features, let’s see the common and the specific ones.
The first group (with the Explorer and the Fying V) share korina body and neck, rounded neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, ABR-1 bridge, BurstBucker 1 and 2 humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume 1 tone controls. While the specific features of the 2008 ’58 Explorer Guitar are solid body and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece; and the specific features of the 2008 ’58 Flying V Guitar are 2-pieces body and string-through-body tailpiece.
The shared features of the second group are maple top, 1-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls. The specific features of the 2008 ’58 ES-335 Guitar are maple body with laminated top, 1959 rounded neck profile and 2 ’57 classic humbucker pickups; but the features of the 2008 ’58 Les Paul are solid mahogany back, carved figured top, long neck tenon, ’50s rounded neck profile, BurstBucker 1 and 2 humbucker pickups and CTS pots and bee capacitators.
Not Price nor availability have been announced for these models.