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"Here it is. The faifthful reproduction of the famous Pearly Gates 1959 Sunburst. Once again, this instrument has got the feel, has got the flavor, has got the finery, and it's probably the one that is most easily associated to ZZ Top from the early days when Pearly Gates really carved up the cornestones. This is a faithful reproduction that does the job," says Billy Gibbons about the Gibson Custom Billy Gibbons "Pearly Gates" Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar. Billy Gibbons's guitar tech says in a different rig rundown that, "There's two Les Pauls with really high action tuned to open E with heavier strings for Billy, which is a gauge of eight. This is the first Pearly Gates that Gibson prototyped. This is the first one and we use it actually as the spare because it's very heavy. The main guitar is a Pearly Gates that has been hollowed out and uses new old-stock Gibson parts, old Gibson pickups, and had the headstock redone to read 'Gibbons Lucky Mojo' instead of Gibson Les Paul. And it's extremely light, but it started life as a normal Pearly Gates model."more
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