Gibson Custom Shop 2014 Joe Bonamassa "Skinnerburst" 1959 Les Paul Electric Guitar USED - Dirty Lemon VOS


Gibson Joe Bonamassa "Skinnerburst" 1959 Les Paul 

Of all of today’s Les Paul-wielding artists Joe Bonamassa is among the most revered, and the astounding 1959 model that he affectionately calls “Principal Skinner” is the most beloved guitar in his extensive collection. Now, following a long-coming collaboration between Joe and Gibson Custom, we are delighted to present “Skinnerburst,” a detail-perfect recreation of what is possibly the hardest working 1959 Les Paul in the world today. Through unrestricted access to the original and Joe’s generous cooperation, Gibson Custom has scanned, studied and measured every spec, curve and parameter of this guitar to bring you an instrument that reproduces this prized ‘burst in every possible way, exactly as it looks, feels, and sounds today.

From its delectably faded Dirty Lemon finish, to its custom-wound humbucking pickups, to its precise top carve and neck profile, the Joe Bonamassa “Skinnerburst” 1959 Les Paul gets you as close as is humanly possible to a priceless artist’s guitar. Historically accurate binding colors, aged cellulose trapezoid inlays, hot-hide glue neck construction, and period-correct hardware all complement a breathtaking rendition of Joe’s constant stage and studio companion.

1 of 150 in VOS finish (1 of 300 total made).



  • Serial Number: SB012
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs
  • Top: 2 Piece, Figured Maple
  • Back: Genuine Mahogany
  • Binding: Reissue Cream, Single Ply
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond


  • Species: Mahogany Neck with a Maple Spline
  • Truss Rod: Reissue Truss Rod Assembly
  • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)

Neck Fit

  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"


  • Species: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Binding: Cream
  • Inlays: Nitrocellulose Reissue Trapezoid
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
  • Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue


  • Material: Nylon
  • Width: 1.687
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System


  • Inlay: Reissue with Gibson Pearl Inlay
  • Truss Rod Cover: Vintage
  • Angle: 17 Degrees


  • Model: Kluson Deluxe Green Key Single Band
  • Tuning Ratio: 12:01
  • Plating: Nickel


  • Type: ABR-1 Thumbwheel
  • Plating: Nickel


  • Type: Aluminum Stopbar
  • Plating: Nickel


  • Knobs: Gold Top Hats
  • Pickguard: Reissue Cream
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Reissue Cream
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
  • Strings: .011 - .050
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum


  • Neck Position: Burstbucker #3
  • Bridge Position: Custombucker


  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Capacitors: Bumble Bee
  • Toggle Switch: Three-Way
  • Output Jack: Traditional ¼"


  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • "Skinnerburst" Dirty Lemon


  • Type: Custom Shop

**Guitar is used but in good condition for its age.  Has some light swirls and occasional small dings("buckle rash") in back from playwear. 

Collections: Electric Guitars, Used

Category: Electric Guitar, Gibson, Used

Type: Electric