Gibson Custom is pleased to announce the release of the Mark Knopfler 1958 Les Paul, a precise replica of Marks original 58, a favored live and recording companion of one of the most revered players and writers of our time.
As multi-platnum hit makers Dire Straits entered the second and most successful phase of their career, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist Mark Knopfler was looking for a new sound to change things up, and he found it in the powerful tone and sultry playing feel of a stunning original 58 Les Paul Burst.
This guitar's thick, meaty tone logged the signature riffs of many a hit, and became a cornerstone of this influential British guitarist's sound as a result.
The Mark Knopfler 1958 Les Paul is handcrafted by Gibson Custom after intense hands-on analysis of the original, to match the neck profile, top carve, look, feel, and tone of an exalted original 58 Burst.
Its lusciously faded sunburst finish (in a maximum of 100 hand-aged and 150 VOS guitars), select tonewoods, period-correct nickel hardware and plastics, tubeless Historic truss-rod, hide glue neck construction, carefully wound Custom Bucker PAF pickups, and more all add up to a guitar thatwith Mark Knopfler's full final approvalcomes closer to the original than you could ever imagine.
Top Only (back binding), 1 (back pieces), Aged Reissue Lightweight Aluminum (tailpiece type), 2.26 cm /.900 (thickness fret 1), 2.54 cm / 1.0 (thickness fret 12), Standard Historic Reissue Cream (fingerboard binding), Tortoise Shell (fingerboard side dots), 30.38 cm / 12 (fretboard radius), None (includes), 1959 Les Paul (neck shape), Hot Hide Glue (neck fit adhesive), 1 (neck pieces), Nylon (nut material), 5.6896 cm / 2.24 (neck end board width), 1958 Holly Head Veneer (peg head type), Maple (top material), Single Bound, Standard Historic Reissue Cream (top binding), 2 (top pieces)