Gibson Les Paul Mike McCready # 25

Gibson Les Paul 1959 Mike Mc Cready Aged, Custom Shop Les Paul 1959

Gibson Custom is proud to announce the limited release of the Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul #9 1910, a precise replica of the Pearl Jam guitarist’s original that he tours and records with today. When Pearl Jam exploded out of Seattle in the early 1990’s, their aggressive, guitar fueled tone not only helped revive rock and roll, it did something that only truly great bands do; it created a sub genre of music. Dubbed “grunge”, Pearl Jam’s unique take on rock launched a legacy that exists today with as much of a following today as it did twenty years ago. Mike McCready’s sound and style lives at the heart of Pearl Jam’s instantly recognizable tone. His original 1959 Les Paul is a critical component to that sound. If it isn’t rare enough that an original 1959 Les Paul is still in active use, add to it that it’s the second go-round for serial #9 1910 in the orbit of genre changing music. Mike’s original was also owned by Jim Anderson, the last guitarist in Van Morrison’s band Them who purchased it from a Pawn Shop while on tour in Seattle sometime between 1967-69. This is an incredible guitar in its tone, playability, and in its history. In Mike’s words: “I picked it up, played for a few seconds, and said ‘Yeah, this is the one’. It just felt right in my hands. I’ve used it on four or five albums since and take it on every tour.” A limited number of 50 aged and signed guitars will be available. Here are the details: True Historic aged Nitrocellulose McCready ‘Burst finish, Serial number 2, Double carved figured Maple top, Mahogany body, Bound 12” radius Indian Rosewood fingerboard with the Cellulose Trapezoid inlays on a McCready profile shaped Mahogany neck, Custom Bucker bridge and neck pickups with the True Historic covers, ABR-1 bridge and a lightweight Aluminum stop tailpiece, Grover tuners, 8.8 pounds, With the aged hardshell case


McCready Details

Gibson Les Paul 1959 Mike Mc Cready Aged, Custom Shop, E-Guitar, Les Paul 1959, curved Maple Top, Mahogany Body, one piece mahogany neck, onepice rosewood fretboard, all hot glued, aniline dye back, Historic Trussrod Assembly (no tubing), 22 Frets,Trapez Inlays, 59 neckprofile, grover Tuner, 2 x Custombucker, True Historic Top Hats, Nickel Hardware, Colour: McCready Burst, incl. aged Custom Case, made in USA, serial number: 025, weight: 4,12 kg



Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: 2 piece Maple
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Relic Nitrocellulose
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: 1959 Les Paul
Neck wood: Rosewood
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Relic Nitrocellulose
Material: 1-piece Rosewood
Radius: 12 in.
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Trapezoid
Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Configuration: HH
Neck: CustomBucker
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: CustomBucker
Brand: Gibson Custom
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: ART1
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Tuning machines: Grover
Color: Nickel
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Limited production
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Reissue Hardshell Case, Provenance Letter, Certificate of Authenticity in Binder signed by Mike.

McCready Les Paul Story Overview

The Original Les Paul 59

A fabulous recreation of an historic guitar.

The original, serial #9 1910, was owned by Jim Anderson, the last guitarist in Van Morrison's band Them, who purchased it from a Pawn Shop while on tour in Seattle sometime between 1967-69. Once Jim retired from touring, he returned to Belfast, gigging on weekends where he'd often carry the guitar, sans case, to the Pub. It was left behind a few times after "a pint or two" according to legend, occasionally found leaning against the outside wall, where it was rescued and returned to the stage by the bartender closing up that night. At one point, the guitar went missing for a year, only to turn up in the backroom of the pub.

In the late 1990's, Jim's daughter, Shelly, was living in Seattle and contacted Danny Mangold (Danny's Music of Everett, WA) about her dad's original '59 back in Belfast and Jim's desire to sell. Danny and Jim spoke by phone, hit it off and Jim brought the guitar to Seattle to consign it at Danny's. Danny recalls standing at the airport baggage claim when the guitar slid off of the conveyer belt. Jim had simply checked it as baggage.

Knowing Mike McCready was in the market for an original '59, Danny made a call to Mike, who selected it over a few other 1959 Les Pauls in Danny's inventory. It was the feel and tone that grabbed him. He had no idea of its unique history at the time.

"I picked it up, played for a few seconds and said, "Yeah, this is the one." It just felt right in my hands. I've used it on four or five albums since and take it on every tour."

Like most of the artists fortunate enough to own an original 1959 Les Paul, Mike feels the pressure of traveling with such a valuable guitar night in and night out with Pearl Jam, but a player gravitates towards to best tools . The chance to have his own replicated by the craftspeople at Gibson Custom meant the chance to provide the occasional respite to a nearly priceless instrument without sacrificing tone and playability.

Offered to True Historic Specifications and in two finish options (aged and Vintage Gloss), and with the first 50 aged being hand-signed by Mike McCready, the Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul Standard is available on a limited basis, with qualifying materials ultimately determining the size of the run.