The neck is carved to a superbly comfortable rounded and subtly asymmetrical profile of Lee Roy’s own specification. The neck is finished in satin for a fast feel in the hand, and painted with a distinctive black “stinger” at the back of the headstock, with custom motif. The rosewood fingerboard retains tradition with 22 Vintage Reissue frets and classic acrylic trapezoid inlays, while the Gibson Custom’s acclaimed VOS process gives the nickel hardware a gently aged patina. The Goldtop retains a luxurious gloss finish which is subtly darkened with the addition of Custom’s Faded Tobacco per Lee Roy’s specification. The guitar carries no pickguard, and the artist’s signature is engraved in the truss-rod cover.
The Ron Ellis custom-wound Humbuckers loaded into the guitar are Lee Roy’s own personal choice of PAF-style pickup, and are the result of an extensive metallurgical study of vintage Gibson PAFs from the ’50s. Their meticulous design and construction results in a throaty tone with plenty of vintage-PAF bite and clarity with added depth and punch. The guitar’s electronics benefit further from high-quality CTS pots and NOS 1960s ceramic capacitors. The entire package is locked down with the classic pairing of ABR-1 bridge and lightweight stopbar tailpiece, and a PLEK-cut nylon nut that retains vintage-voiced resonance and sustain. A set of vintage-style Gotoh™ tuners with green tulip keys completes the package.
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This is one of those Custom Shop Gibson that really works because it is unique and wonderful. It feels aged and played it thanks to the very thin finish, it’s a joy to grab this neck. The pickups sound amazing and go from twang to cry, perfect for the versatile player. Plus this Bob Marley Limited Edition has a look that’s perfect for the stage. Collectible, but infinitely playable as well. ” – Paul Heumiller
Bob had played on many guitars, in early career he played on Fender Stratocaster which we can see on a stir it up video clip, in late career he used Les Paul with a little modfications named as Bob Marley Guitar Les Paul. Bob Marley also played on many acoustic guitars like Hohner
In the early days with Island Records,Marley played an early 70’s strat which got stolen off their tour bus.He’s next guitar then was the early 70’s Gibson Les Paul Special we all know,i think it was brown,some say red but i have a ’73 SG Custom the same colour.Gibson put out this great colour at that time also John McLaughlin had a similar colour bob marley guitar tabs Les Paul from around this time period,(I saw in 70’s Guitar Player mag).
What was the guitar they based the reissue on? The reissue was made after the guitar had been buried with Bob right?
I read on the Les Paul Forum that Bob bought his guitar at Top Gear when the Wailers toured the UK in 1973. I read that it was a ’57 and that it fell off the stand a week after he bought it resulting in damage to the 3-way switch. What I don’t understand is was this a ’57 reissue? I thought that the first reissues of the special came out in 1974?
I did read somewhere else that George Gruhn said Marley’s guitar was made in the 70’s.The tune-o-matic bridge was the first mod to this guitar,did they do that at Top Gear when he bought the guitar? And what about the inlays? I never saw a Special with inlays like that until the ’90s. Did he have custom inlays installed or was the neck replaced? Maybe the neck was also damaged when it fell of the stand?
Any info you guys have would be appreciated
The Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special from Epiphone tries to capture the essence of the pioneer reggae artist and his music. The new limited edition guitar features an image of Marley’s face on the body of the guitar, plus fingerboard inlays in the colors of the Jamaican flag and “One Love” on the headstock. It is built on the same solidbody design as Marley’s personal Gibson Les Paul Special.
Features of the model include a solid mahogany body with Worn Brown finish, a pair of ’57 Classic Alnico-V pickups, one-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners and chrome-plated hardware. It comes with a “Hemp” gigbag
Limited edition, only 500 ever made guitar
The reggae popularizer favored a Gibson Les Paul Special, which was in the instrument rotation of many rockstars at the time (John Lennon, for example), though Marley was one of the few who played the guitar without distortion. The singer’s red Les Paul is buried with him, but his famed fading yellow Les Paul resides at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica.
Gibson celebrated the late Bob Marley with this limited-edition, Bob Marley Les Paul Special, a reissue built to the exact specifications of his guitar on display at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. The solidbody mahogany guitar from Gibson’s Custom Shop, Art & Historic division replicates a number of unique appointments including Marley’s trademark white binding on the headstock and fingerboard – now yellowed with age – and small pearl block inlays similar to a mid-1960s ES-335.
Gibson duplicates these characteristics as well as the aluminum pickguard and aluminum football-shaped switchwasher around the 3-way selector switch. A carefully aged Cherry finish as well as marks and scratches copied from the original instrument complete the well-worn look and feel of the guitar; Marley’s signature appears on the headstock. This guitar is #98 of only 200 ever made. This edition is now sold-out making this a rare find.
The Bob Marley Commemorative Les Paul Special from Epiphone tries to capture the essence of the pioneer reggae artist and his music. The new limited edition guitar features an image of Marley’s face on the body of the guitar, plus fingerboard inlays in the colors of the Jamaican flag and “One Love” on the headstock. It is built on the same solidbody design as Marley’s personal Gibson Les Paul Special. Features of the new model include a solid mahogany body with Worn Brown finish, a pair of ’57 Classic Alnico-V pickups, one-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners and chrome-plated hardware. It comes with a “Hemp” gigbag and Certificate of Authenticity.