Wildwood Guitars | Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection 1960 Les Paul Special Double Cut • SN: 09494
Here at Wildwood, we love the simple joys of life: a hot cup of coffee in the morning, sunshine, a cool spring breeze, that sort of thing. But, we have a special place in our collective hearts for one simple pleasure above all others: a slab of mahogany with two P-90s capable of unleashing pure rock and roll anarchy. Needless to say, we were delighted by the 1960 Les Paul Special Double-Cut from the Gibson Custom Shop's Historic Collection.
Playing one of these lean, mean rock and roll machines is the musical equivalent of doing a burnout in a '67 Camaro. It's so fun that it should probably be illegal, and it gets your adrenaline pounding! Despite the '60 Special's preponderance of muscle, it's a surprisingly versatile beast capable of excelling in many genres. So, let's dive deeper and examine the source of its many sonic delights.
P-90s and Mahogany: A Love Story
The magic starts with the aforementioned mahogany body working in tandem with Custom Shop P-90s. Electric guitars with mahogany bodies tend to have a naturally round, warm, midrange-forward tone. You can hear this quite clearly when you play one of these 1960 Les Paul Specials unplugged, because each one has a one-piece body made of solid lightweight mahogany. This helps them achieve huge resonance even when strummed acoustically.
When you do amplify, the powerful chemistry between wood and wire is immediately apparent. Gibson's custom P-90s have powerful, throaty midrange response that matches mahogany's resonance perfectly. They also add in plenty of lush overtones and some warm-yet-muscular bass response. And for P-90 connoisseurs, it doesn't get much better than the custom P-90s that grace the '60 Special's mahogany body.