The late Bob Marley brought reggae music to the world, and he did it on one of the most unlikely guitars — an early-70s Gibson Les Paul Special with some home-made customization. Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division has recreated Marley’s guitar down to every detail.
The original is from around 1972. The Les Paul Special doesn’t appear in Gibson records at that time, nor does it appear at any time with the small-block fingerboard inlay (although other Gibsons of the early 70s did feature this inlay). Among Marley’s alterations are the metal, orignal-shape pickguard and the football-shaped switchplate. He also bound the headstock with a thick plastic material that covered the entire sides of the headstock.
The Marley is a limited-run model and this example is even more limited, with an Aged finish treatment by Gibson’s Tom Murphy. The playing wear on the neck and headstock back are faithfully reproduced, so that this instrument is as close as possible to the the way the original looks today.