The Jeff Beck "YardBurst" 1959 Les Paul Standard
| June 24, 2024 |

Gibson Custom Launches the Jeff Beck “YardBurst” 1959 Les Paul Standard

Commemorating the life of the legendary maestro Jeff Beck with a limited run of 130 instruments

Jeff Beck is considered one of the best guitarists in history, capable of playing virtually anything in his own unique, soulful style. Beck rose to prominence in the Yardbirds, and Gibson honors his legacy with the “YardBurst,” a faithful recreation of the iconic 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard he played first with the Yardbirds and later in The Jeff Beck Group.

The Jeff Beck “YardBurst” 1959 Les Paul Standard boasts a body made from one-piece, lightweight mahogany, with tops meticulously hand-selected to mirror the original instrument as closely as possible. Its Dark Cherry Sunburst finish was aged in the Murphy Lab to match the appearance of the original during Jeff’s Yardbird days, while the look is completed by a black single-ply pickguard and unpotted Custombuckers with double Classic White bobbins.

Only 130 of these exceptional recreations were handcrafted by the artisans at the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Each instrument comes with an aged Lifton™ hardshell case and special memorabilia celebrating Jeff Beck’s extraordinary career. 

Case candy includes an embroidered guitar strap like Jeff’s original

“Jeff was enormously proud to have owned the original of this guitar,” says Sandra Beck. “He was aware and fully supportive of the amazing job and love that Gibson Custom provided to create this instrument and would have hoped that this guitar will give hours of pleasure to those who play it.”

“Working on this project has been an absolute honor, and we are thankful for the trust and support shown by Jeff Beck, as well as his friends and family,” says Lee Bartram, Head of Commercial and Marketing EMEA at Gibson.

“The original guitar is very special, full of history and stories from a pivotal era in British music. As always, Gibson Custom has done an exceptional job in capturing the essence of the original, creating a wonderfully accurate tribute to one of the true guitar pioneers.”

Find out more about the Gibson Custom Jeff Beck “YardBurst” 1959 Les Paul Standard and read our love-letter to the Gibson Les Paul to find out why original Bursts continue to capture the imagination of generations of guitarists.