For release Thursday, July 18th 2002

Gibson is jammin' with Limited Edition Bob Marley Les Paul Special

Gibson celebrates the late Bob Marley with a limited-edition, Bob Marley Les Paul Special, a reissue built to the exact specifications of his guitar on display at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. The solidbody mahogany guitar from Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic division replicates a number of unique appointments including Marley's trademark white binding on the headstock and fingerboard - now yellowed with age - and small pearl block inlays similar to a mid-1960s ES-335.

Marley, who passed away May 11, 1981, modified his Les Paul Special by removing the original wraparound tailpiece and inserting dowels in the fill holes, substituting a stop bar tailpiece. Gibson duplicates these characteristics as well as the aluminum pickguard and aluminum football-shaped switchwasher around the 3-way selector switch. A carefully aged Cherry finish as well as marks and scratches copied from the original instrument complete the well-worn look and feel of the guitar; Marley's signature appears on the headstock.

"'Play I some music, this a reggae music' . . . The memory lingers on of Bob playing music, night after night, on his Gibson Les Paul guitar," says Rita Marley, Bob's wife and a member of his backing singers, the I-Threes. "Play on, Gibson Guitars. One Love."

A wall-hanging display cabinet with Lion of Judah print, Custom Shop Les Paul case, reissue Custom Care kit including '50s-style leather strap, Marley/Gibson Custom Shop t-shirt and Certificate of Authenticity enhance the guitar package.

The Bob Marley Les Paul Special will be produced initially in a limited run of 200 guitars.

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Ordering Info: Gibson, 800-4GIBSON; www.gibson.com