Attention to details can make or break any attempt at reproducing a masterpiece, and this certainly holds true for the new Billy Gibbons ‘Pearly Gates’ Les Paul from Gibson Custom. Take the all nickel hardware, or the lightweight aluminum string-over stopbar that lets you set up the strings just like Billy, or the gold top hat control knobs. There’s also the vintage Kluson-style tulip tuners, and the one-piece mahogany neck with a medium 1959 rounded profile – ala Gibbons – and the same long-neck tenon found in every Les Paul Standard from Gibson’s Golden Era. Each ‘Pearly Gates’ is also equipped with period-correct CTS potentiometers and bumble bee capacitors to help achieve the legendary tone of the original. Are you starting to get the picture yet? Can you hear it? Is your heartbeat racing? Try to settle down … take a deep breathe and relax.