Gibson has announced the next rare guitar on offer via their Certified Vintage program is a ‘Burst called 'Sunny.'
This “immaculate” 1960 Les Paul Standard was previously owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett who gave the guitar its nickname on account of its tone.
“'Sunny' is special because not only is she in immaculate condition, but her tone is so present and bright,” said Hammett. “It’s like the sun cutting through clouds on an overcast day. Hence the name ‘Sunny.’ That’s the truth. The name came because she was so full and bright sounding.
Appearing on electric guitars in 1957, Gibson PAF humbuckers are generally prized for their open, articulate sound, though each pickup is unique (the bridge pickup in ‘Sunny’ measures 8.2k ohms while the neck pickup reads 7.6k).
This, along with the natural variation in wood, gives each ‘Burst a unique personality.
And with its highly figured maple top and rich Cherry Sunburst finish, this example stands out as among the most desirable of its type.
Originality is also a crucial factor when it comes to determining the value of vintage guitars and ‘Sunny’ appears with no major mods. However, like so many Les Pauls from this era the original tuning keys appear to have perished, though Gibson says the guitar has now been restored with “correct 1950s Kluson single-line/single-ring” tuners.
Such repairs are essential in order for the instrument to remain playable. As Mark Agnesi told us in a recent interview: “If you’re talking about value, what’s it really worth to you if you can’t play it?”
Fully authenticated by its maker, this 1960 Les Paul Standard, serial number 0 1490, is covered by Gibson’s new limited lifetime warranty and ships with its original case along with a modern Gibson Deluxe Protector Case.
“The reason I chose Gibson Certified Vintage for the worldwide offering is because having a mint vintage Gibson guitar can sometimes feel like having a brand-new Gibson guitar,” continues Hammett.
“They’re made that well. And this is what’s really special; the fact Gibson recognizes this and is willing and ready to re-warranty these beautiful instruments.
“I think this is just a great reflection of Gibson’s integrity towards the past, present, and future.”
All Gibson Certified Vintage guitars are offered via the Gibson Garage in Nashville, TN.
Select models will be available for purchase here.
'Sunny' is available now for shipping or pickup at the Gibson Garage.
Call (615)933-6000 for more information.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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