Gibson 1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS
Gibson 1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS

1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Custom Shop Les Paul series.

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King Loudness08/11/2011

King Loudness's review"Nice but not always worth it's while"

Gibson 1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS
The Gibson '58 VOS Les Paul is made by Gibson's Custom Shop in the US to near exacting specifications of the famed original '58 Bursts. These guitars are considered the "Holy Grail" of electric guitars and routinely sell for $200,000+ to only the richest folk. This guitar is a fraction of the cost of the original '58 and offers a glimpse at what the best Les Pauls in the world are like.

It features many of the core features of a Les Paul Standard. These include a mahogany body and neck, a maple cap, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, vintage style tuners and bridge, Gibson PAF reissue pickups and old style pots and caps to further improve the tone. Here's the full list of specs:


Body and Hardware:
Carved plain maple top
Solid mahogany back
Single-ply cream binding on top
Thin toggle switch washer and jack plate
Nickel hardware
ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar

Neck and Headstock:
1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret rosewood fingerboard
Acrylic trapezoid inlays (accurate shape and color)
Single-ply cream binding
Early ' 50s rounded neck profile
24-3/4" scale length
1-11/16" nut width
Holly headstock veneer
Vintage tulip tuners
Electronics and Strings:
BurstBucker 1 (R) and 2 (T) pickups
CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
Vintage Reissue .010 strings


The design of the Les Paul is not the most ergonomic in the world by any means. They're a heavy guitar that really requires some endurance to move around with, especially if they're weight relieved or solid bodied like many of the reissues are. However, I've gotten over these factors and take the design for what it is, which is basically a killer feeling and sounding guitar that you really notice when it's strapped across your shoulders. The upper fret access is about the same as any other Les Paul... not too much to report there.

Getting a good sound out of this guitar is very simple because of its high quality wood, pickups and electronics. The tones produced are very pure and rich, without a whole lot of compression or other odd order frequencies to alter the pure tone of the mahogany and maple. The pickups are fantastic reissues of the Gibson PAF that are low output enough to really provide a pure tone, but that have enough juice to them that they sound great when hit with some overdrive.


I've tried this guitar with various different amplifiers from clean to high gain and I'm usually quite happy with the tones it offers. The cleans are very woody and warm, great for jazz or blues tones when using the neck or middle position on the selector switch. The bridge pickup has a great slinky clean tone that harkens back to that classic British Invasion vibe. It's not too bright but has enough jangle for some great sixties and seventies tones, especially for pop and funk rhythms.

The drive tones are really cool as well. I like them a lot when I'm using an amp like a Fender or Mesa Boogie that's set to a very mild breakup for a great blues or classic rock tone. One of the best tones I ever got out of this guitar was on a fairly low gain sound playing Zeppelin riffs... pure bliss. As you increase the gain it continues to sound good. The pickups have a very pure quality that allows you to continue to hear the wood regardless of the gain settings and that fat mahogany snarl comes through at all times, as it should with a good Les Paul.


All in all I think the Gibson Les Paul '58 VOS is a great guitar for someone who is seeking a great reproduction of the real deal Holy Grail. At $3,700 new they are quite expensive and not priced as well as a Traditional or something, but if you want that feel or tone, go for it. In my case, I haven't found a Custom Shop Les Paul that beats out my $2,200 Les Paul Traditional Plus for feel and tone, so I'm a little bit skeptical as to the whole allure of the Custom Shop deal... but all that aside the guitar itself is great.

Hatsubai's review"Great VOS finish on this"

Gibson 1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS
The VOS finishes are part of the Vintage Old Stock finish. Basically, it's like an older, slightly worn in finish, and I find they look and sound much better than the regular finishes. They also feel quite a bit better to me, too. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, trapezoid inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


The finish on this is the main reason everybody gets these, and there's a reason why. Not only does it look awesome, but it seems to breathe a lot better than other ones. I'm not sure what it is, but these guitars consistently sound and feel better than the regular finished models. The guitar's nut was in pretty good shape, so no problems there. The frets were also fairly level. However, there was a slight hump in the middle of the neck which created some slightly buzz, and taking it out with the truss rod resulted in some more relief than I was looking for.


The guitar itself was nice and light, so it resonated nicely. This translated right into the amp, and you could hear that awesome "airyness" to the sound while still managing to sound huge. The pickups in these are pretty average, and I'm not the biggest fan of them. I find myself wanting to replace them with something from the Seymour Duncan lineup. I really enjoy the JB/59 combo in these as it's a very versatile combo. It's a bit cliché, but there's a reason why so many guitars have that combo equipped in them. They can really do just about any genre.


These guitars are some of the best Les Pauls you can buy without getting into the "stupid money" category. They're a lot more consistent than the regular line up, and they tend to sound a good bit better. They also feel better to me, too. If you find one at a great price, grab it.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson 1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS
I dream since I was 13, she finally joined the rack, 58 Les Paul Washed Cherry color your LeftHand.
YOUR specs make this instrument an ultimate beauty out of the 50's, an essential guitar rig.


It is believed to take charge of the vintage, it's very exciting for those who like course, I made my first notes with respect. The color is incredible, the table of course but also the back, a beautiful old red-brown, the acastillage oxidized but not too much, the selection of treated wood is I imagine, and the smell of varnish ... :-)


Set to ognions small factory the action is ultra low, not too used to start and then you can not do without. Nut incredible, no strength to tackle any agreement whatsoever, nothing frieze, it is rare that a guitar comes as neat.
It sounds! Set, the balance between the two pickups is perfect. Large output level. It has the BB 1 & 2, though but maybe boutique microphones could sublimate more. No big fan of micro changes, I must admit that some brands of high-flying type in the sound.
Knobs not progressive at all, 10 = bottom, 8-9 = half as strong, so be it ....
Vintage tulip tuners haired, precise, head of the way Gibson did not Disagree.


1000 times less expensive than the original but not 1000 times less!