Lee Roy Parnell gets a second signature LP from Gibson Custom Shop

This ’59 Standard features a stunning burst.

Gibson Lee Roy Parnell Signature Les Paul portrait

Gibson’s Custom Shop has released the Lee Roy Parnell ’59 Les Paul Standard, a second signature LP for the soulful Texan. This model shares numerous design aspects with Parnell’s first Les Paul, a ’57 Goldtop, but is aesthetically based on a flame top ’59 burst.

The elements shared by Parnell’s two Les Pauls include a contoured cutaway edge and revised pickup routes. The latter is a personal preference of Parnell’s, which is said to “capture more character from the wood”.

As mentioned earlier, this signature model is aesthetically modelled after a flame top ’59 burst. To that end, each piece features a hand-picked, two-piece figured maple top that’s coated in an Abilene Sunset Fade burst inspired by Parnell’s native Texas. The guitar also has a one-piece mahogany neck – with a custom ’59 profile – and a 12-inch-radius Indian rosewood fingerboard.

Gibson Lee Roy Parnell Signature Les Paul landscape

In terms of electronics, the axe is loaded with two underwound humbuckers: a ’57 Classic at the neck and a ’57 Classic Plus at the bridge. The latter is wired to Gibson’s all-new Vintage Tone Circuit, which features paper-in-oil capacitors and vintage taper potentiometers.

Rounding out the guitar’s features are nickel hardware along with a No-Wire ABR-1 bridge and a lightweight aluminium stop bar tailpiece.

Here’s Parnell introducing his new signature Les Paul:

Retails at $7,499. More info at gibson.com.


Get the latest news, reviews and features to your inbox.


The world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar.

Join our mailing list

Sign Up Now

© 2023 Guitar.com is part of NME Networks.