The Limited Edition release comes in two variations: Version 1 and Version 3, representing early and late 1960 Les Pauls

Nashville, TN (November 9, 2010) -- Epiphone announced the release of the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard guitar. Because the revered Holy Grail era Les Pauls have so many variations, Epiphone's Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard comes in two distinct variations.

Epiphone's Version 1 Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard

Version 1 depicts the early 1960 Les Paul Standard, which mostly carried over the specs of the 1959 Les Paul Standard. As such, it has the '50s rounded "D" neck profile that is beefy yet extremely comfortable that so many players love on the '59 'Burst that preceded it, and is finished in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. Made in the image of Les Paul Standards from later that same year, Version 3 has the SlimTaper "D" profile thinner SlimTaper "D" profile that is fast and sleek that Gibson adopted in the early '60s, and is available in either Cherryburst or Heritage Darkburst finishes.

Epiphone's Version 3 Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard

For both versions, the body is made from solid (not chambered) mahogany for depth and resonance, and capped with a hard maple top for superb clarity, cut, and definition. To this, a premium Grade-AAA flame maple veneer is added to present the look of the most prized of vintage Les Pauls—further enhanced by a hand-buffed finish in three historical shades of 'burst. A solid mahogany neck is glued in with a deep-set neck joint for superior resonance and sustain and carved into either of two popular profiles to accurately represent necks found through the course of 1960. Both are topped with select rosewood fretboards with 22 medium-jumbo frets. A synthetic bone nut provides long life and unparalleled sustain, while it's 1 11/16" width yields the most popular playing feel for Les Pauls through the years.

The neck pickup is a Burstbucker-1 and is slightly under-wound for a "medium" vintage output. The bridge pickup is a Burstbucker-2 with slightly hotter vintage output that works well in combination with the BB-1 in the neck. Premium components include a Switchcraft toggle switch, Mallory 150 tone capacitors, gold "top hat" knobs with metal pointers (plus gold inserts on V3), and the lauded combination of Epiphone's acclaimed LockTone versions of a nickel-plated Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, two further ingredients in that legendary Les Paul sustain.

Production of the Ltd Edition 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standards is limited to 1,960 worldwide (both versions). All guitars include a replica brown Lifton-style case with pink lining, a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, and Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Support. MSRP $1499.

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