If you are looking for a stock Brazilian Les Paul, then this one may not be what you are looking for. This guitar is the equivalent of putting a Holley Quadrajet and Mickey Thomson's on your '74 Camaro. Back in the day, that is what we did as kids. Speed and performance is what we needed and air conditioning ? What is that and why does air even need to be conditioned?
In the case of this '59 Reissue, performance is the law of the land. This guitar's Holley Qaudrajet comes in the form of Greg Wind pickups and the Mickey Thompson's would be the upgraded caps and wiring harness. Like I said, just think of your newest Brazilian as that '32 Deuce Coupe in "American Graffiti" and you're Jon Milner without the grease in your hair. I'd have to say out of all the Brazilian Les Pauls we've had here at the 'Elk, this one has the most authentic looking top and the tone you say? Think Gary Moore's tone on "Parisian Walkways." Lastly, check out that grain in the wood. There's something about mineral deposits that just "make" the look. Friends, with just under 700 of these babies in the world, that makes it an instant classic.
In closing, I get it if you're a purist, but if you are of that special breed and you have no use for air conditioning, then do us all a favor: Roll your windows down, slip in that FogHat cassette and play us the first bars to "Slow Ride."
"Slow ride, take it easy - Slow ride, take it easy, Slow ride, take it easy - Slow ride, take it easy. I'm in the mood, the rhythm is right, Move to the music, we can roll all night. Oooh, oooh, slow ride. Oooh, oooh..."
Can you dig it?