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Gibson Leo Scala Super '58s

Gibson Leo Scala Super '58s  ·  Source: Gibson

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Gibson’s new Leo Scala Super ’58s are Flying Vs from the company’s Master Artisan Collection. 10 models in total. With variations on the Seraph, Classic Hybrid and 777 Flying V.

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Leo Scala Super ’58s

The concept was hatched up by Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian when he met Leo Scalar at his Los Angeles workshop, along with Gary Kramer, the founder of Kramer Guitars. Together they thrashed out a plan to work on their take on a reimagining of the ’58 Korina Flying V. These Master Artisan Collection  Leo Scala Super ’58s are ten one-of-a-kind Flying Vs.

Gibson Leo Scala Super '58s

Seraph

Gibson Vault

Some of the models aren’t being sold and are instead going straight into the Gibson Vault. Though you can but some of the models, though you’ll need to call Gibson to enquire about doing so. Specifications are all high end and include solid Korina bodies, and Brazilian rosewood fretboards. Plus, lots of bespoke hardware, and detailing.

Gibson Leo Scala Super '58s

Gibson Leo Scala Super ’58s  with skull knobs and ageing

The Devil is in the details

Leo Scalar is the kind of luthier that starts with pickup winding and creating the smaller details. For instance you may spot some skull emblazoned knob on a few of the models. Along with custom etched pickguards on the Seraph model. Each model has a single custom wound Retrophonic humbucking pickup, along with a Dogear pickup surround.

777 White

777 White with Bigsby

Master Artisan Collection

These guitars are all the top end of what a brand like Gibson can achieve when to puts it mind to to. They are not going to be regular models, and they certainly will not be affordable to the average musician. Hopefully, some of this style will filter down over time though. It would be interesting to see what Gibson could do on a larger scale with type of bespoke designs and details.

Bespoke etched custom pick guard and hand wound pickup

Bespoke etched custom pick guard and hand wound pickup

Check out the 10 one of a kind Leo Scala Super ’58s over on the Master Artisan Collection page from the link below. Some nice stuff in there I think, and I love the look of Lonnie Mack style Bigsby equipped models. Though I reckon I would prefer playing one with a regular hard tail more.

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11 responses to “Gibson Leo Scala Super ’58s: 10 Flying V exclusive one of kind models”

    • Jef says:

      They are very dated, and certainly a very specific taste…

      • JP says:

        Maybe I am a bit too narrow-minded with my love of Flying Vs (it’s the ’67 in its 1970s incarnation with the large pickguard and shorter, headstock every time for me) and I’ve never liked Bigsby trems, but these are just… nasty!

        And, of course, they will just end up in a bank vault or a glass case.

        • Jef says:

          They are interesting, but I couldn’t play one practically. Too limited and I’d want a Floyd Rose if there had to be a trem of any kind. Bigsby = looks cool, does f*ck all and is pretty useless, etc

  1. David cervin says:

    Cant you see i am here to take you back with me.

  2. David says:

    Ah! Obviously Gibson does not know how to design a guitar….just keeps pulling out old ideas and models that cost a fortune….thank you! They are ugly, cannot really play them…useless really, just keep polishing the same turd, basically. The tulip was the climax, for me. And of course there are also is the constant recruitment of ‘stars’ for yet another ridiculously expensive signature model. With all the interesting companies and instruments made out there nowadays….who goes and dish out all that dosh for a dinosaur of a guitar? That breaks your back and has nasty old hardware…..it’s like buying a Victorian house in the 21st century. I think it’s ridiculous.

  3. Roy says:

    How about something cool and BETTER than the “OLD” ideas, for the 21st Century? Something (Bitchin) & Truely Amazing???

    • pfrf says:

      Gibson is now owned by KKR, a private equity firm. KKR will never invest in research and development, they are only interested in profit. Like all private equity firms they will scrape out every last penny while avoiding investing any resources. There will be nothing new from Gibson again, ever.

      There are plenty of great guitar companies competing these days. I won’t spend my hard earned money on a sub-standard Gibson guitar. I don’t intend to help greedy rich people get even richer.

      Also, these guitars look like nasty junk.

  4. Marc says:

    Rather Steampunk- in a bad way.

  5. S. White says:

    I love them actually, but I would never buy them!

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