Gibson Les Paul Old Hickory

  • Gibson Old Hickory Les Paul electric guitar

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1998

The Gibson Les Paul Old Hickory guitars were made around 1998 from historic trees downed by a tornado at The Hermitage.  The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson (AKA Old Hickory), suffered extensive damage in the storm, especially the loss of a 275-year-old tulip poplar tree - a state record holder in age and size. This poplar tree was already an old tree when Andrew Jackson lived at The Hermitage from 1804 to 1845.

Gibson obtained the fallen tulip poplar tree and made around 200 of these guitars. Each one has Andrew Jackson's portrait inlaid on the headstock, the name "Old Hickory" inlaid on the hickory fretboard, and a portrait of The Hermitage mansion on the pick guard. Three special guitars (see photo above) had a mother-of-pearl banner inlaid on the body, highlighting key dates in the life of Jackson and The Hermitage. The others look exactly the same, but without the banner on the body.

Source: Gibson press release 1998

Specifications (10)

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

General

Finish colorsnatural finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Body

Body materialpoplar body
Body styleLes Paul-style body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard

Fretboard

Fingerboard position markerstext fingerboard position markers

Hardware

Hardware colorgold hardware

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