Here’s a used 2009 Gibson Billy Gibbons “Pearly Gates” ’59 reissue Les Paul electric guitar aged and finished by Tom Murphy in like new condition with all of the original paperwork and important documentation.
The model sold out immediately, despite having a very expensive MSRP, and has since been discontinued, so procuring an example is next to impossible. This example, #24, has the best top of any we’ve seen.
The Billy Gibbons “Pearly Gates” Les Paul Standard was produced in a very limited quantity of only 350 guitars – 250 received Gibson Customâs patented V.O.S. finish, 100 of which (including this guitar) were aged to look exactly like the original Pearly Gates by Tom Murphy. Gibbons personal “Pearly Gates” has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date, and sings with a âGod-like voiceâ unlike any other guitar. And now, the master craftsmen at Gibson Custom have recreated it in excruciating detail right down to the last scratch and ding. Gibbons’ legendary Pearly Gates – a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard – is like no other guitar in the world, and now you can own a painstaking replica of this sacred instrument.
Gibson Custom has matched the faded Billy Gibbons Burst finish almost perfectly. You’ll do a double-take the first time you see it. The naturally darkened edges give way to the beautiful patterns of the maple grain. Even the original’s distinct red mahogany back is intact. Granted, no two guitars could ever have exactly the same top and finish. But maybe this is as close as it gets. Gibbons uses Pearly Gates only in the studio. In concert, he relies on Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbuckers to replicate its legendary tone. The Seymour Duncan Web site says they’re “sweet, but slightly rude, with great sustain and a bright top end that make harmonics jump out of the guitar.” Isn’t that what Billy Gibbons does every time he picks up his ‘Pearly Gates?’ Now you can too. No detail was overlooked, just like you’d want it. There’s all nickel hardware, gold top hat control knobs, vintage Kluson-style tulip tuners, and a lightweight aluminum string-over stopbar that lets you set up the strings just like Billy. The one-piece mahogany neck with a 1959 rounded profile also sports the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson’s Golden Era. You also get period-correct CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors.