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Gibson Custom Announces the Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition

As it celebrates 130 years of music history, Gibson, the iconic global instrument brand, is proud to announce a partnership with the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jason Isbell. Introducing the Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul™ Standard Collector’s Edition from Gibson Custom. Made in close collaboration and with significant input from Jason Isbell, only 59 Collector’s Edition guitars from Gibson Custom and the Murphy Lab will be available via authorized premium Gibson dealers and on Gibson.com. For more details, visit: https://www.gibson.com/en-US/.

“Working with Gibson Custom on the ‘Red Eye’ Collector’s Edition has been a thrill and a true honor,” says Jason Isbell. “I was involved in every step of the process, from choosing the tops down to the case candy. I believe these guitars represent the best possible recreation of my 1959 Les Paul, and I’m proud to be associated with the project.”

June 4, 2024, Jason Isbell dropped by the Gibson Garage Nashville for a special event to celebrate the release of the new Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition guitar, out today from Gibson Custom, see photos below.

“Red Eye,” a 1959 Les Paul Standard, was the long-time sidekick of Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Much of the red color on the top faded while displayed in a store window, except for a patch below the toggle switch that was covered by a hangtag. Ed originally purchased the guitar in 1982 and nicknamed it “Red Eye” because of its distinctive appearance. After Ed passed away in 2018, the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell purchased Red Eye and often features the guitar in his stage and studio performances across the globe. This special Collector’s Edition limited run of replications uses new 3D scanning technology and ultra-precise Murphy Lab aging techniques to aid in hand-crafting an effective clone of Red Eye. Every detail has been thoughtfully recreated, from the exact playing wear to the sonic character and solid Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. The figured maple tops were even personally hand-picked by Jason Isbell. Only 59 of these exceptional instruments have been hand-made by the expert luthiers of the Gibson Custom Shop and Murphy Lab in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of this extraordinary Collector’s Edition run. The Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition includes some unique case candy, with a blue Les Paul Protector Series hardshell case with a gray plush interior, a Jason Isbell Strap made by Savas from Midnight Blue Wild Alligator leather with a chain stitched and inlaid Red Eye emblem, two rubber “beer bottle” style strap locks, a certificate of authenticity booklet, and custom and reproduction hangtags.

Explore the Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition from Gibson Custom, HERE.

Watch Jason Isbell’s interview with Gibson’s Mark Agnesi on the Gibson TV series “The Collection,” full interview HERE, and skip to “Red Eye” HERE. Watch the episode as Mark heads just outside Nashville, Tennessee, for a deep dive into the epic and rare guitar collection of Jason Isbell spanning the stories of his early musical upbringing and the way he approaches songwriting to this day.

 

Catch Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on tour now, all dates below. For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.jasonisbell.com/shows, and for the latest on Jason Isbell, visit: https://www.jasonisbell.com/.

About Gibson

Gibson, the leading iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for 130 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, Gibson has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson portfolio includes Gibson, the leading guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, which has been on every stage since 1873, Kramer, the original MADE TO ROCK HARD guitar brand, MESA/Boogie, the home of tone, KRK, behind great music for over 30 years, and Maestro, the founder of effect pedals. Gibson is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Explore more at Gibson.com, Gibson App, and on Gibson TV, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and visit us at the Gibson Garage Nashville and the Gibson Garage London.

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