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  1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Jay Geils)



 
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Jay Giels of J.Geils Band 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard

After almost forty five years of ownership rock superstar Jay Geils is selling his 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. He has owned it since 1967 and it has appeared on every single J.Geils Band recording as well as on live shows around the world. Jay has played it on stage with bluesman B.B King, Duane Allman from the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells .  Jay affectionately calls it his “lunch pail” Les Paul because he made his living for so many years playing it.

“ As much as it pains me to sell it I just don’t use it anymore and hate to see it just sitting on my wall in my guitar room. It deserves to be played and wail as Gibson intended  . I’ll miss it but hope it goes to someone that needs it’s huge sound”

Jay acquired the guitar in 1967 when someone came up to him at a gig and was admiring the 1950’s Les Paul Custom he was playing. The gentleman wanted to trade Jay his Les Paul Standard for the shiny Les Paul Custom. The 1959 Les Paul was in horrible shape with a paint brush finish and a non original  Bigsby tailpiece. Jay immediately saw the possibilities and did the deal.

He contacted his good friend and luthier Eddie Murray who was the premier Boston guitar repairman at the time about putting the guitar back to it’s original specifications.  When stripping the guitar to re-finish it Eddie found it still had the inserts for the original stop tailpiece.  After a month of intense labor Eddie gave Jay back his guitar re-finshed in the standard Gibson sunburst with original Gibson stop tailpiece parts and the original high output Gibson PAF humbucking pickup that came with the guitars.  

In Jays words,” It was a keeper, good looking and it would break up any amp on the planet with those zebra PAF pickups.” Jay played the guitar on record and in live concerts for the rest of his career with the J.Geils Band.

The last time the guitar was played in concert was when the J.Geils Band played at Fenway Park in 2010 with Aerosmith.

Original brown Geib hardshell case and original nickel pickup covers  for the PAF’s come with this guitar.

During the recording of the J.Geils Band recording of Monkey Island the guitar fell in the studio and cracked the headstock. Eddie Murray again took the guitar back and made a cosmetically pleasing and structurally sound repair that has stood the test of time and affects the guitars sound and playability not at all. As Jay says” it’s part of the rock and roll wars. If you don’t play it and lock it up in a case it’s not a guitar but a museum piece. My guitar needs to be played it’s not a museum piece.”

The two PAF pickups, pots and caps are   original to this guitar as are the pickup surrounds.  The  pick guard, stop tailpiece, bridge, tuners, truss rod cover, frets, rhythm/treble plate, knobs are not original to this instrument but are correct original , Gibson Guitar Company period pieces available in 1969 or before as there were no companies to our knowledge manufacturing aftermarket replacement parts .

The metal jack plate was Jay’s idea because when jumping around the stage he pulled the jack out of the guitar a few times.

The bridge pickup measures 8.37k  and the neck pickup 8.46k.
J. Geils Band - Rockpalast 1979

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