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.

Hatsubai 08/11/2011

Gibson 1958 Les Paul Plain Top Reissue VOS : Hatsubai's user review

« Great VOS finish on this »

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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.