Mick Ralphs’ Les Paul gets the replica treatment
Original guitar played by the Bad Company and Mott The Hoople songwriter is replicated in detail by Gibson’s Custom Shop
Gibson Custom Shop has announced details of the latest addition to its roster, the Gibson Custom Mick Ralphs 1958 Les Paul Standard Replica. English guitarist and songwriter, Mick Ralphs was a founding member of rock bands Mott The Hoople and Bad Company, and was known for playing the sunburst ’58 Les Paul.
That very guitar has been replicated as part of this small limited release. The original (serial #8 7049) was studied in London, where its top carve profile, neck contours and pickup outputs were measured. It took months to craft the prototype which eventually earned the final approval of both its current owner and Ralphs himself.
The resulting run of guitars aims to capture the look and feel of the original through the use of hand-selected woods, digitally scanned contours, mapped wear and checking patterns, historic hide-glue construction and vintage-spec materials.
However, you’ll need deep pockets to emulate Ralphs as this luxury limited edition instrument is priced at $7,499 (approx. £5,630). For further details and specifications, visit gibson.com