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Gibson Custom Announces the Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition

June 5th 2024 |. Nashville, TN


Limited Edition Custom Shop Guitar Recreates Six-Time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Jason Isbell’s Famous ’59 Les Paul Named “Red Eye,” Available Now on Gibson.com

Above: Jason Isbell with his “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition from Gibson Custom.


As it celebrates 130 years of music history, Gibson, the iconic global instrument brand, is proud to announce a partnership with the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jason Isbell. Introducing the Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul™ Standard Collector’s Edition from Gibson Custom. Made in close collaboration and with significant input from Jason Isbell, only 59 Collector’s Edition guitars from Gibson Custom and the Murphy Lab will be available via authorized premium Gibson dealers and on Gibson.com. For more details, visit: https://www.gibson.com/en-US/.

 

"Working with Gibson Custom on the ‘Red Eye’ Collector’s Edition has been a thrill and a true honor,” says Jason Isbell. “I was involved in every step of the process, from choosing the tops down to the case candy. I believe these guitars represent the best possible recreation of my 1959 Les Paul, and I’m proud to be associated with the project.” 

 

Last night, June 4, 2024, Jason Isbell dropped by the Gibson Garage Nashville for a special event to celebrate the release of the new Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition guitar, out today from Gibson Custom.

Jason Isbell performs at the Gibson Garage Nashville for the “Red Eye” event on June 4, 2024 - Gibson



“Red Eye,” a 1959 Les Paul Standard, was the long-time sidekick of Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Much of the red color on the top faded while displayed in a store window, except for a patch below the toggle switch that was covered by a hangtag. Ed originally purchased the guitar in 1982 and nicknamed it “Red Eye” because of its distinctive appearance. After Ed passed away in 2018, the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell purchased Red Eye and often features the guitar in his stage and studio performances across the globe. This special Collector’s Edition limited run of replications uses new 3D scanning technology and ultra-precise Murphy Lab aging techniques to aid in hand-crafting an effective clone of Red Eye. Every detail has been thoughtfully recreated, from the exact playing wear to the sonic character and solid Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. The figured maple tops were even personally hand-picked by Jason Isbell. Only 59 of these exceptional instruments have been hand-made by the expert luthiers of the Gibson Custom Shop and Murphy Lab in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of this extraordinary Collector’s Edition run. The Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition includes some unique case candy, with a blue Les Paul Protector Series hardshell case with a gray plush interior, a Jason Isbell Strap made by Savas from Midnight Blue Wild Alligator leather with a chain stitched and inlaid Red Eye emblem, two rubber “beer bottle” style strap locks, a certificate of authenticity booklet, and custom and reproduction hangtags. 

Explore the Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition from Gibson Custom, HERE.


Above: Jason Isbell “Red Eye” 1959 Les Paul Standard Collector’s Edition from Gibson Custom includes a Jason Isbell Strap made by Savas with Midnight Blue Wild Alligator leather and a chain stitched and inlaid with a Red Eye emblem.

 

Watch Jason Isbell’s interview with Gibson’s Mark Agnesi on the Gibson TV series “The Collection,” full interview HERE, and skip to “Red Eye” HERE. Watch the episode as Mark heads just outside Nashville, Tennessee, for a deep dive into the epic and rare guitar collection of Jason Isbell spanning the stories of his early musical upbringing and the way he approaches songwriting to this day.



Catch Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on tour now, all dates below. For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.jasonisbell.com/shows, and for the latest on Jason Isbell, visit: https://www.jasonisbell.com/.


June 7: Evans, GA - Columbia County Performing Arts Center (solo)

June 8-9: Charleston, SC - Spoleto Festival (solo)

June 10: Auburn, AL - Gogue Performing Arts Center (solo)

June 16: Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

June 20: Detroit, MI - Ford Field ⥉

June 21: Interlochen, MI - Interlochen Center for the Arts %

June 22: Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theatre %  

June 23: Niagara Falls, ON - Fallsview Casino Resort %

June 25: Boston, MA - Roadrunner %  

June 26: Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium ⥉

June 28: North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival

June 29: Lafayette, NY - Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards %

June 30: Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion %

July 11: Wichita, KS - Wave - Outdoor #

July 12: Dillon, CO - Dillon Amphitheater #

July 13: Park City, UT - Snow Park Amphitheater #

July 14: Bonner, MT - KettleHouse Amphitheater #

July 16: Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery #

July 17: Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery #

July 19: Redmond, OR - FairWell Festival

July 20: Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery #

July 21: Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl ✓ 

July 24: Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre #  

July 25: New Orleans, LA - Caesars Stadium ⥉

July 26: New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater °

July 27: Houston, TX - NRG Stadium ⥉

Aug 8: St. Louis, MO - The Factory @

Aug 9: Dubuque, IA - Q Casino Back Waters Stage @

Aug 10: Indianapolis, IN - Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park

Aug 11: Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair

Aug 13: Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit #

Aug 14: Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium ⥉

Aug 16: Bonner Springs, KS - Azura Amphitheater !

Aug 17: Arlington, TX - AT&T Stadium ⥉

Sept 5: Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium ∞

Sept 6: Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena ∞

Sept 7: Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights ∞

Sept 8: Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival ∞ 

Sept 10: Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion ∞

Sept 11: Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap ∞

Sept 13: Fredericton, NB - Harvest Festival

Sept 14: Montreal, QC - MTELUS ∞

Sept 15: Ottawa, ON - City Folk Fest

Sept 17: Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Center for the Arts - The Vogel ∞

Sept 19: Norfolk, VA - Chartway Arena ∞

Sept 20: Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center ∞

Sept 21: Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center ∞

Nov 1: Miramar Beach, FL - Moon Crush Cowboy Moon

Nov 5: Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene +

Nov 6: Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene +

Nov 8: Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet +

Nov 9: Copenhagen, Denmark - Falkoner

Nov 11: Groningen, Netherlands - De Oosterpoort +

Nov 12: Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Vredenburg (Ronda) +

Nov 13: Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Vredenburg (Ronda) +

Nov 16: Antwerp, Belgium - De Roma +

Nov 18: Brighton, UK - Brighton Dome +

Nov 19: Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo Manchester +

Nov 20: Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall +

Nov 22: Bristol, UK - Bristol Beacon +

Nov 23: Wolverhampton UK - The Civic at The Halls Wolverhampton +

Nov 24: Stockton-on-Tees, UK - Stockton Globe +

Nov 25: London, UK - Eventim Apollo +

 

⥉ Supporting Zach Bryan

% w/ Courtney Marie Andrews

# w/ Adeem The Artist

° w/ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

✓ Co-Headline w/ Sylvan Esso

@ w/ Shemekia Copeland

! Co-Headline w/ Turnpike Troubadours

∞ w/ Alejandro Escovedo

+ w/ S.G. Goodman



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