Gibson Custom has announced that the next model in its Collector's Choice series will be based on Boston guitarist Tom Scholz's prized 1968 Les Paul.
The idea behind the Collector's Choice series is to create a replica of a specific guitar that is as close to the original as modern production processes can possibly get and, as such, Gibson Custom has had full access to Tom Scholz's original 1968 Les Paul Goldtop.
There will be between 25 and 300 replicas produced, each complete with a Custom Shop hardshell case. Current US MSRP is a wallet-impaling $9,409.
Click through the gallery to take a closer look at some of the key features.
The Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul has a period-correct one-piece A-grade mahogany back with plain maple top. That's unchambered, too, so those with weak backs should think twice. Believe it or not, the original guitar started life as a Goldtop, so the natural look is the result of the stripping away of an original finish to reveal the plain maple, which was then refinished with nitrocellulose lacquer.
The guitar's neck has been custom carved to match the 'cheeky' full feeling of Scholz's original Goldtop. It's all mahogany and is topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with nitro-finished trapezoid inlays.
Scholz switched out the supplied bridge pickup for his favoured DiMarzio Super Distortion (bridge) and retained the original P-90 in the neck of the guitar.
Hardware-wise there's an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic with a lightweight aluminium tailpiece, both are nickel-plated.
Note the vintage truss rod cover, plus the Schaller M6 tuners, which replace the 1968's factory spec Klusons, another mod Scholz made to his original Goldtop.