The only major change made to the Les Paul Standard in 1959 was the addition of wider, fatter umbo frets, which facilitated wider bends. The real force of this change was not felt until the late1960s, when rock and blues players like Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, and Peter Green began todiscover and capitilize on the fat, warm voice of the '59 Standard.
British guitarist Mick Jones, who formed the rock band Foreigner, first broke into the music biz asa hired gun of sorts, appearing on recordings by George Harrison, Peter Frampton, Spooky Tooth,and the Leslie West Band. Foreigner's self titled album in 1977 became an immediate hit going platinum five times over. The Gibson Custom Shop Mick Jones Les Paul Custom is a recreation of his original Les Paul Custom joining the line up of their inspired by series.