The Gold Standard
Wildwoodians, we are proud to present you with a true exemplar of the Gold Standard: a Wildwood Spec reissue of the legendary 1956 Les Paul Standard. These Midas-kissed beauties feature a host of true-to-vintage appointments that give them the sort of tone that haunts the dreams of Les Paul enthusiasts and P-90 aficionados.
Everything starts with quality tonewoods–warm, round-sounding mahogany and crisp, clear maple, and a sweet-sounding rosewood fretboard. Once they pick out some good-sounding wood, the master luthiers at the Gibson Custom Shop attach everything together using hot hide glue. Using hide glue is a time-consuming old-world manufacturing technique that pays incredible sonic dividends because it creates the strongest possible connection between each piece of wood to build as much resonance as possible. That means that these pretty golden girls sing loud and proud even when unplugged!
When you do plug in, you will be amazed at how well the natural acoustic voice of these instruments translates to huge electrified tone. Each one comes equipped with Custom Shop Alnico 3 P-90s that seem to capture all our favorite parts of old pickups. Warm, woody low end, touch-sensitive midrange that can sing, punch or bite depending on your mood, and lush, chiming high-end. If vintage-style sparkle and crunch are your thing, you’ll find yourself utterly enamored with the sound of the Wildwood Spec ’56 Standard.
Phenomenal Fifties Feel
The feel of these guitars is delightful, too, thanks to the righteous rounded fifties neck profile. Its beefy feel is comfortable to the point of being addictive! You may very well find yourself sitting down with one of these guitars for a quick noodle only to slip into a golden haze, emerging hours later with a half-dozen missed notifications on your phone and a rumbling stomach because you forgot to feed yourself. Such a comfortable neck profile allows you to freely wander the fretboard and explore the multitude of sweet sounds hiding beneath that gilded maple top.
In other words, these Les Pauls are worth their weight in gold because they provide such a fantastic playing experience! Their handfeel is second to none, and their sound makes you feel like you’re living in a classic record once you flip the standby switch up. We are proud to offer such inspiring instruments to our exceptional customers, and we invite you to plug one in and experience the magic of the Gibson Custom Shop.
- Model: Wildwood Spec 1956 Les Paul Standard
- Finish Type: VOS
- Finish Color: Double Gold
- Weight: 8.75 lbs.
- Top Wood: Carved Maple Attached with Hot Hide Glue
- Body Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Wood: 1-Piece Mahogany Neck
- Neck Shape: ’50s Rounded
- Neck Dimensions: .910 1st – 1.010 12th
- Fingerboard: Rosewood Attached with Hot Hide Glue
- Fingerboard Radius: 12″
- Inlays: Cellulose Trapezoids
- Scale Length: 24.75″
- Width at Nut: 1-11/16″
- Frets: 22
- Binding: Single-Ply Cream on Top and Hand-Filed Rolled Fingerboard Binding
- Pickups: 2 Custom P-90s w/Alnico III Magnets
- Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone and 3-way Toggleswitch
- Hardware: Nickel
- Bridge: ABR-1
- Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
- Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
- Unique Features: Vintage-Accurate Plastic Parts
- Case: Gibson Custom Hardshell
- COA: Yes