HISTORY OF GIBSON BURST

In 1952, Gibson designed the "Gibson Les Paul" with the collaboration of the popular guitarist of the same name and the luthier Matsumoku.

 

In 1958, Gibson needed an alternative to its black and goldtop finishes, so in mid 1958, the "sunburst" finish was proposed on the "Les Paul"... The Burst was born.

 

Here are some details on how I work with burst burst as well as examples of versions made at the request of their owners.

Aniline Dyes

To respect the processes of the time, the shades applied for the burst on the "Les Paul" are handcrafted from anilines.

These pigments are very fragile to ultraviolet rays and will tarnish and discolor over time.

Your Les Paul will naturally continue its ageing process like the original Burst, giving all its charm to your instrument.

The Fading

The "Les Paul" models in sunlight during the many outdoor sessions could fade due to the action of UV exposure, giving the effects we know.

 

I reproduce this process of discoloration so that you can find under the hardware the traces of the original shade.

Serial Numbers

All Reissues model serial numbers will be stamped with the same conditions as Gibson does.

 

The material is the same for this step, same stamp and same font, everything is there !