Gibson Custom Shop '58 Les Paul Standard Reissue 1998 Figured Yamano Order
Up for grabs is this very early Yamano ordered Gibson Custom Shop figured 1958 (R8) Reissue from 1998. This R8 thinks it’s an R9 featuring an absolutely stunning Lightburst top displaying some vibrant maple flame and mineral streaking from top to bottom. This one was selected for export to Japan by Yamano, where all the best looking tops went during this period, especially some of the early Custom Shop historics like this one. We get in quite a few R8's, most are Sunburst plain tops but this is a different beast altogether and is up there with some of the very best R9 tops we have had. For those who have always wanted the R9 figured top but with the thicker '58 neck, this is the one for you… No issues at all, no breaks or repairs. Beautiful carve to the top and the weight is very good at 4.2kg. Lovely thick ’58 neck carve. It’s a superb playing Les Paul and has been played and not locked away, so has some light natural playwear, which is no bad thing at all. There is plenty of life in the frets, the truss rod has been checked and working fine and the neck is dead straight. There is a kind of burn mark on the headstock edge, either from a stand or cigarette, otherwise just the occasional light mark. One of the best looking (and playing!) figured R8s you will see. I'll let pictures do the rest of the talking. It comes complete with its original black 'Custom Art' historic hardshell case, which is in fine condition with all latches and lock working fine. It also includes the Japanese Yamano card featuring the guitar's printed serial number, which is important to have for provenance with a CS Yamano. 1998 is before Gibson began issuing Custom Shop certification with the guitars, but the Japanese Yamano card with the printed serial number more than makes up for that. Read up on the Yamanos if you are not aware on their history with Gibson… Yamano had a lot of say in what guitars their Japanese representatives were able to hand-select individual guitars due to the volume they imported from the USA to Japan from the 90’s to the mid 2000’s (a period which also coincided with some of Gibson’s finest work). They had the pick of the bunch when it came to choosing the guitars they took back with them. This is one such guitar. Don't miss it.
At Gas Station Guitars we carefully hand-select all our guitars and refuse a lot more than we accept, if they don’t blow us away on all fronts, we just don’t put them in our shop; if it’s for sale by Gas Station Guitars, you know it’d gonna be pretty special. All pictures are of actual guitars, all guitars are in hand and we do not use stock photos. NOT FOR TRADE or part exchange, thanks. We ship worldwide to the USA, E.U, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and of course the UK.