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Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul

Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul  ·  Source: Thomann


Gibson has just announced a $59,000 cash reward for the return of its shipping ledgers from 1959 to 1960. This just happens to be the time frame that the company made some of its most sought after guitars. 


Long Gone

Gibsons made between 1959 and 1960 carry somewhat of a mythical status, and anything to do with those hallowed instruments can fetch a pretty penny in the vintage market. Unfortunately, the shipping ledgers kept to document these legendary instruments seem to have disappeared. The ledgers in question contain shipping records for all Gibson solid-body guitars manufactured during that period, including the highly desirable ’59 and ’60 Les Paul Standard sunbursts. They’re thought to have gone missing some three decades ago, before the company left its old Kalamazoo factory. Gibson is willing to give the reward – no questions asked – to whoever can help bring them back home.

Gibson - Can you help find the missing ledgers?

Gibson – Can you help find the missing ledgers?

Historic Documents

The company is also looking for any pre-1970 “blueprints, documents and unique historical assets” that are out there, and will evaluate these on a case-by-case basis. If subsequently authenticated, there is an offer of “cash, Gibson gift cards, instruments, and experiences” as rewards in return for these historic items.


If you have any information that you think can help Gibson find these missing ledgers, you can email them at with a written description, photograph or video, and a contact number.

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One response to “Gibson is offering $59,000 for missing shipping ledgers”

    William Paxson says:

    Probably sitting in the basement of Heritage if truth be known.

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