Gibson & Sergio Vallín Introduce the Sergio Vallín 1955 Les Paul Goldtop
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Lead guitarist of Maná, one of the best-selling bands in Latin-America, collaborates with Gibson Custom Shop to create his first-ever signature.


Gibson Custom Shop presents the Sergio Vallín 1955 Les Paul Goldtop. This new Gibson artist model has the all the features and performance that Sergio requires, including a lightweight mahogany body with a two-piece plain maple top and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and ’59 Rounded C profile. It is also equipped with Kluson reissue tuners, a Bigsby B7 vibrato and features custom aging from the Murphy Lab. The electronics include a custom P-90 Soapbar pickup in the neck position and a bridge Custombucker, giving it sonic versatility.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Sergio Vallin, is the 4x Grammy, and 8x Latin Grammy award-winning, and 19x Billboard Latin Music Award-winning lead guitarist for global superstars, the influential rock band, Maná. With his wide-ranging, and innovative universal sound, Sergio’s work as a solo artist and producer/arranger have led him to collaborate with some of the industry’s greatest heavyweights. Sergio recently released his second solo album Microsinfonias which features songs with Santana, Fher Olvera frontman of Maná, Alejandro Sanz, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Vai, and more.

Sergio Vallín 1955 Les Paul Goldtop | Gibson Custom Shop

"I feel thankful and honored, a Les Paul with my name, I just can't believe it,” says Sergio Vallín. “This guitar is an extension of my hands and my soul. I remember seeing Les Paul play at a show in New York, I met him backstage, and he said, ‘if I stopped playing, I would die’. I feel honored to be carrying on Les Paul's legacy, and I thank Gibson for honoring not only my work, but also for recognizing the importance of Latin music.”

Sergio adds, "For Latin musicians it's so hard to imagine the idea of having a signature model, and I hope this is just the first of many, because there are so many amazing guitar players and musicians in Latin America who deserve their voices to be amplified and honored by a guitar brand that we all love so much.”

$7,999.00 USD. Explore the new Sergio Vallín 1955 Les Paul Goldtop on www.gibson.com.

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