Gibson 1959 Blues musician Michael Bloomfield, widely considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, lent his fiery licks to many of Chicago’s blues legends before achieving fame on his own. Discovered by the distinguished Columbia Records producer/scout John Hammond, and with acknowlegement and support from friends like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Bob Dylan, Bloomfield would become one of the guiding lights of the 1960s revival of classic Chicago blues. The signature Bloomfield sound created on his beloved 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard can be heard on renowned recordings from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (featuring the Howlin’ Wolf rhythm section), The Electric Flag, Bob Dylan (notably on Highway 61 Revisited), and Super Sessions with Al Kooper and Stephen Stills.
Finally available in very limited numbers, the Gibson Custom Division has painstakingly recreated Michael Bloomfield’s iconic 1959 Les Paul Standard. From its 1-piece rounded mahogany neck to its single-ply cream binding, its Grover "kidney" tuners to its faded, figured "Bloomfield 'Burst" finish, this guitar is a loving tribute to one of the most extraordinary and influential blues guitarists of all time.