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Gibson True Historic Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul. Front

Gibson True Historic Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul.  ·  Source:

Gibson Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul

Gibson True Historic Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul. Front  ·  Source:


Mike McCready’s 1959 Les Paul is the latest guitar to be recreated by Gibson. The limited edition runs of guitars belonging to famous owners are being released pretty frequently at the moment, what with the new Pete Townsend model being announced only a few days ago.


Pearl Jam

Mr McCready has had around 25 years of collecting old vintage guitars and it seems that all those Pearl Jam records helped to fund his guitar buying habit. This ‘1959’ recreation is based upon one of his favoured vintage instruments and the original guitar was previously owned by one of Van Morrison’s band members, and the paperwork for the instrument points to it being bought in Ireland when new.

Two Versions

You can either buy the guitar in a very limited edition version which is an exact copy of every dint and knock of Mike’s original ’59 Les Paul or a slightly cheaper version which just recreates the general specification and colour.

I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of either Pearl Jam or these two instruments and I think you would need to be a fan to even contemplate buying one. For me, Mike isn’t exactly known for just playing Les Paul models and I find this whole marketing approach a little off-putting myself. If it was someone who is predominantly known for playing Les Pauls like Slash, Randy Rhoads or Paul Kossoff, then I could understand it.

Gibson Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul

Gibson True Historic Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul. Back & Front


The problem here for me is that Gibson has already done all those reissues and it would appear that the company is scraping the bottom of the barrel a little, looking for Gibson players to recreate guitars for. It seems to be yet another expensive ’59 Les Paul reissue with some faked dents and worn-in finish, which is a bit of a hard sell to someone like me.

Gibson Mike McCready 1959 Les Paul Standard True Historic – RRP USD $11,499 – Limited to 50 guitars worldwide

Gibson Custom Standard Historic version  – RRP USD $6,699

Full specifications on the Mike Mcready’s 1959 Les Paul limited edition models here 

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2 responses to “Mike McCready’s 1959 Les Paul guitar: Yet another Gibson limited run…”

    Blento says:

    Wow..Pearl Jam is my favorite band..liricaly and musicaly one of the best bands in history….never really get why someone has negative feeling towards them…unless you belong to “pre grunge era” and they destroyed your career..

      Jef says:

      I grew up in that era and would say that Pearl Jam was not exactly a ‘Grunge Band’ like Green River, Tad, Mudhoney or Nirvana. More a rock band that rode on the coat tails of that genre.

      Not a fan, but not because of their music, just they don’t do anything for me.

      I was always more a Dinosaur Jr / Mudhoney fan myself!

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