Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul R8 Prototype “Burst Driver” Unreleased 2017 Dark Sunburst One-Off

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Gibson Les Paul R8 Burst Driver Prototype Dark Sunburst 2017 OHSC FMT

Gibson Les Paul R8 Burst Driver Prototype in Dark Sunburst finish made in 2017 with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar was aquired by Diablo Guitars at the Nashville vintage guitar show from Gibson master luthier Jim DeCola. Jim tells us that this guitar was originally designed with the intent of having a Tube Screamer circuit built into the body and was going to be call the “Burst Driver” however the concept was never pushed into production. This was THE guitar intended for the Burst Driver which you can see on the back of the headstock “Burst Driver Prototype 2017”.

The guitar itself is a custom shop R8 that is very light weight at only 8 1/2 pounds. The guitar features a solid mahogany body with a lightly flamed maple top, one-piece mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a ’57 Classic in the neck position and a ’57 Classic in the bridge position. Controlled by 2-volume, 2-tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. The 24.75″ scale length neck has pearloid trapezoid inlays and 22 narrow tall frets with a C neck profile. The hardware is comprised of Kluson tuning machines, a corian nut, a ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge, and amber top hat knobs.

This guitar is in excellent condition however it does have some minor dings (see photos) as well as light surface scratches. Freshly setup and restrung with 10-46 strings and comes with the original Gibson hardshell case. There is no COA or case candy of any kind.


  • Make: Gibson
  • Model: Les Paul
  • Sub-Model: R8 Burst Driver Prototype
  • Year: 2017
  • Finish: Dark Sunburst
  • Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
  • Country: USA
  • Serial #: Burst Driver Prototype
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Weight: 8lbs 8.5oz.
  • Body Shape: Les Paul (Single Cut)
  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Flamed Maple Top
  • Scale Length: 24.75″
  • Neck Joint: Set Neck
  • Neck Wood: One-Piece Mahogany
  • Finger Board: Rosewood
  • Neck Radius: 12″
  • Neck Profile: C
  • Inlays: Pearloid Trapezoid
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16″
  • Nut: Corian
  • Frets: 22 Narrow Tall
  • Pickup Config: HH
  • Neck Pickup: ’57 Classic
  • Bridge Pickup: ’57 Classic
  • Pots: 2-Volume, 2-Tone
  • Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuning Machines: Kluson Deluxe with Keystone Heads
  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Knobs: Amber Top Hat
  • String Gauge: 10-46
  • Case: Original Hard Shell Case


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Les Paul R8 Prototype "Burst Driver" Unreleased