Joe Perry LP 59 aged / signed # 27/50

Joe Perry Signature Les Paul 59

Joe Perry Les Paul info

Thanks to Gibson Custom and Joe Perry, you can now own the closest possible thing to Joe’s most prized guitar, in the form of one of a very limited run of replicas based on exclusive access to the original. The Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul was created from painstaking examination and measurement of the original guitar, and delivers the full tone, feel, and look of this highly prized ’Burst. It is available now in a limited run of 50 guitars aged and hand-signed by the artist, 100 aged guitars, and 150 finished in Gibson’s VOS process.

Gibson Custom has gone to great lengths with the Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul to create a guitar that possesses the very spirit of the original. The recreation starts with a solid, one-piece premium lightweight mahogany body married to a hand-selected maple top. The guitar is finished in an exclusive Faded Tobacco Burst with Historic “Vintage” aniline red and dark walnut dye on the back, sides, and back of the neck, just like the original The hand-aged examples show characteristic wear that authentically matches the playing wear on the original, while the VOS guitars display a gently-aged patina in the finish and hardware. The neck is carved from a single piece of quarter-sawn mahogany and profiled to a full and sweetly rounded ’59 shape derived from precise measurement of Joe’s own guitar, then topped with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard inlaid with period-correct cellulose trapezoids. A set of Kluson Deluxe tuners, a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece, and ABR-1 bridge complete a period-correct hardware complement, while vintage cream binding, gold Top Hat knobs, and a cream plastic pickguard enhance the guitar’s vintage looks.

The Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul sounds every bit as phenomenal as it looks and feels, thanks to a pair of Custombucker humbucking pickups designed to closely match the original PAFs in Joe’s guitar. Each is made with an Alnico 3 magnet and wound with accurate plain-enamel 42 AWG plain-enamel wire to specs determine by close measurement of the original pickups, with a neck pickup that reads around 8k ohms and bridge pickup that’s slightly hotter at 8.5k ohms for plenty of authentic growl. Controls include the traditional independent volume and tones, with “bumble bee” tone caps on the latter, and a three-way Switchcraft™ axial toggle selector. Put it all together, and it’s like making this well-traveled, rock-history-making Les Paul your very own—but the Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul is only available in strictly limited numbers, so reserve yours now at your authorized Gibson Custom dealer.

Each guitar includes a Brown Custom Shop hardshell case, along with Certificate of Authenticity, owner’s manual and adjustment literature, and Gibson Custom’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.

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Custom Shop lineup of Joe Perry signatures. Slash in the background trying one out !
Yes, It´s Slash, playing the original Joe Perry

The Story of the guitar once owned by Slash

What do Joe Perry, Slash, and Eric Johnson have in common?

He's a little fuzzy on the details around when he acquired it — and a little fuzzy on the details around when he became separated from it — but Joe Perry knows exactly where his 1959 Les Paul is now.

He thinks he picked it up in a "midnight swap" and knows it was with him in the studio and on stage throughout the late '70s, but later parted with it around the time of his divorce in 1982. Either way, fellow Boston rocker, Billy Loosigian recognized it sitting in East Coast Guitars, and picked it up for $4,200 and a Firebird I trade-in.

A few years later, Loosigian sold it to jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin, but, just a few days after that, he saw the guitar at a guitar show in the hands of Eric Johnson.

When Aerosmith got back together for the Back in the Saddle tour, Perry says Johnson contacted him through mutual friends, and offered to sell the guitar back to him, but Perry couldn't afford it at the time.

By the time Perry could afford it, he'd lost track of it again.

 “I decided to track it down, so I started to make some calls, and some friends started looking for it, too," said Perry. "I was talking to Brad [Whitford] about it, and the next day he walks into the studio and says, ‘I know where your guitar is.’ He shows me an issue of Guitar Player magazine, and there’s a story on Slash’s guitars, and right in the middle was a picture of the guitar.”

 His elation at finding it was short-lived when he realized Slash wasn't looking to sell it.

 "Oh man, please don't ask me that,"  Slash reportedly replied.

 Perry understood and later said, "I mean if I had a chance to get hold of the white Strat Jeff Beck played on Wired, I'd have a hard time letting go of it!"

 Over the years and gigs together, Perry didn't miss an opportunity to bring it up, but Slash had already made up his mind about the guitar.

Thirty-five years after they were separated, as Perry was about to take the stage with Cheap Trick at his 50th birthday party, he was handed the guitar and the message: "Slash says, 'Happy Birthday.'"