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Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony

Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony

Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony

  • Features multi-layered binding plus gold-plated hardware together with the 490R/498T humbucking pickup configuration

This guitar could rock harder than a pickup full of bricks. If it must. The truth is, the Les Paul Custom has it all. We receive the classy ebony plus gold looks, the easy playability, as well as the best variety of tones – the most wonderful balance of warm rhythm plus hot, singing lead tones. Other features include the aged school Mahogany back/Maple top construction, Richlite fretboard with pearl inlays about a Mahogany throat, plus paired Gibson humbuckers.The introduction of the Les Paul Model inside 1952 offered the basic template for the shape of what might eventually become the many revered stringed instrument inside the globe. Today’s Les Paul Custom is based found on the model within the mid-1950s, yet with many contemporary visits.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom

History

Gibson Les Paul Custom

Powerful 490R plus 498T pickups plus Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge plus stopbar tailpiece.

Gibson Les Paul Custom

22-fret ebony fingerboard outfitted with figured acrylic block inlays.

The introduction of the Les Paul Model inside 1952 offered the basic template for the shape of what might eventually become the many revered stringed instrument inside the globe. Yet Gibson president Ted McCarty as well as the guitar’s namesake, Les Paul, equally desired to introduce a “deluxe” adaptation of the soon-to-be iconic model. The final shape for the fresh Les Paul Custom was completed inside early 1954, as well as the guitar prepared its official first at the Chicago NAMM show inside July 1954.

Initially, the objective had been to introduce the “deluxe” variation inside combination with all the authentic 1952 Les Paul, yet Gibson’s drive to achieve quality lead to many unexpected delays. The final product, yet, might eventually become Gibson’s top model inside the authentic Les Paul line.

The ‘Fretless Wonder’
The initial variation of the Les Paul Custom was nicknamed the “Fretless Wonder” for the low frets plus “Black Beauty” for the wealthy, contrasting ebony color. It was equally introduced simultaneously because the Gibson Les Paul Junior plus represented the best inside Gibson strong body shape at the time, with an authentic price of only 5, that was 0 over the standard Les Paul Model.

Aside from its obvious graphic enhancements, the Les Paul Custom was the initial Gibson guitar to provide the revolutionary ABR-1 Bridge, that was invented by McCarty. This pioneering achievement had been a true revelation inside intonation plus remains the most revered plus copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed, setting a standard for simplicity plus functionality which has not been bettered.

Other standard visits included a wider body shape plus seven-ply body binding about both the front plus back of the guitar, and a multi-bound headstock which featured a prominent five-piece split diamond patterned inlay of genuine mom of pearl–a shape which nevertheless graces each Les Paul Custom produced now.

Near-perfect Recreation
Today’s Les Paul Custom is based found on the model within the mid-1950s, however, with many contemporary visits. The body of the guitar is crafted with a hand-carved maple top, that is then fitted to a body made of a strong part of mahogany with strategically routed holes to reduce the fat of the guitar, causing a Les Paul with increased acoustic properties plus improved resonance. The 24-3/4 inch scale size throat is equally made of 1 strong part of mahogany then topped with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard outfitted with figured acrylic block inlays, plus provided Gibson’s conventional rounded profile. The pickups are Gibson’s 490R inside the throat position, that provides the tonal characteristics of the authentic PAFs, as well as the 498T inside the bridge position, that swaps the 490R’s Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, therefore creating it somewhat hotter with focus about mid-ranges plus highs.

Other visits include Gibson’s famous Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge plus stopbar tailpiece, metal tulip tuners, multi-ply white plus black binding about both the best plus back, gold hardware, along with a 1 11/16″ nut width. The Les Paul Custom is obtainable in Antique White, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sun Burst, Wine Red plus Silver Burst, plus every guitar comes with all the standard Gibson Custom case, custom care kit, plus certificate of authenticity.

Nitrocellulose Finish
Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson guitar is regarded as the many labor-intensive ingredients of the guitar-making task. A correctly used nitro finish demands extensive guy hours, many evenly used coats, plus an exorbitant amount of drying time. However this truth has not swayed Gibson into changing this time-tested system, employed since that time the initially Gibson guitar was swathed with lacquer back inside 1894. Why? For starters, a nitro finish dries to a much slimmer coating than a polyurethane finish, meaning there is less interference with all the all-natural vibration of the instrument, permitting for a purer tone. A nitro finish is furthermore a softer finish, that makes it conveniently repairable. You are able to touch up a scratch or ding about a nitro finish, however we can’t do the same about a poly finish. Additionally, a nitro finish is surprisingly porous inside nature, plus really gets slimmer over time. It refuses to “seal” lumber inside an airtight shell–as a poly finish does–and enables the lumber to breathe plus age correctly.

All VOS (Vintage Original Spec) series guitars might employ a proprietary procedure which involves distinctive methods for staining, wet-sanding, plus hand-rubbing; subsequently the guitars reflect what a well-cared for 40-year-old guitar looks like. The outcome is a great patina which usually delight even the many discriminating enthusiast.

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  1. 27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    basic Les Paul Custom, August 21, 2006
    By 
    Valjean (Salem, Ma United States) –

    This review is from: Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony (Electronics)

    I lost all of my electric guitars in Katrina and figured I owe this review to offer shopping suggestions to everyone looking to replace thier guitars. I am a former professional musician and really only play now as a hobby. I decided to replace my Gibson SG that was lost in the flood with the “Rolls Royce” of all guitars: the LP Custom. Here is what I think of it:

    Of all the items I have reviewed on Amazon, the LP Custom has to be the most difficult for several reasons. First, since it is a handmade guitar, the buyer should know that no two will be exactly the same. On the same day I bought mine, for example, I noticed that the one right next to it on the wall had a sixth string groove that in the nut that was situated too close to the top of the fretboard. I also played several other custom shop models that had similar quirks, including the Jimmy Page Custom (which has a neck like a Kramer and the body of a Les Paul…yes, it’s ridiculous).

    Second, because my playing style is hard picking mostly, I don’t know if everyone would agree with what I have to say about the action on this guitar, but it was the deciding factor in my selection. The all-black/gold Custom I picked had just a bit more resistance to “digging” than the others I tried (then again, I learned to play on a Sears and Roebuck special). Still, all the LP customs have ebony (“fretless”) fretboard wire; and when the action is set right the guitar seems to “play your fingers”.

    Anyway, assuming that you can find one of these LP customs that has off-the-shelf action that fits YOUR playing style, the sound of the heavy cruiser will take you away. This axe has a 3-ply maple top with a mahogany bottom. You can tell its very high quality wood by the way the strings resonate.

    Notes “wobble” and “swell” after being plucked even when the guitar is not plugged in. The sheer weight of the bottom guitar seems to make the neck (which is relatively thin on a basic custom)much more vibrant and responsive than it is on a single slab guitar. Since this tonal quality is coupled with a natural resonation in the ebony fretboard, the player can squeeze every ounce of juice out of a single note. Also, this resonance quality works well to enhance spooked notes in arpaggio sweeps. As as result, the LP custom can be suited out as a digitalized metal cruncher or a acoustic jazz box

    The sound quality and feel give the basic LP custom some big plusses. You will also notice a change in your playing prowess from the responsive fretboard. However, there are a few small minuses that first-time high-end guitar buyers should be aware of.

    First, the basic Custom is the plug-ugliest looking guitar in the world. There are only 4 color selections (Black, White, Narural and Red). The gold humbuckers on the Black Beauty only seem to make it look gaudy to me. But, again this is subjective.

    Second, the basic customs come equipped with standard Gibson Alnico Humbuckers. Although these pups blow doors on most humbuckers, the clarity of the 3rd and 4th strings tends to get buried when the guitar is phased and flanged through a tube amp and there is a low note ringing. I’m going to try putting in a burstbucker to solve this.

    Another obvious drawback to the guitar is the weight. Playing this guitar standing without staplocks is crazy. It is killing my lower back. If you’re going to gig with this axe, drink plenty whiskey and take some cortizone. I suppose this is another price to pay for that solid mahogany sustain and tone!

    In retrospect, I love this axe, but wish that I would have looked harder at the Les Paul Custom Class 5. I’ve heard they are about a thousand more, but I didn’t come across one in any stores. Those come in many different colors and are outfitted with burstbuckers off the shelf. Also, they have chambered mahogany bodies that are supposed to make them weight-relieved. Still, I wonder if they could achive the same sustain and tone?

    Rule #1 is to always make sure you can return the guitar if you find a defect! For the price of this one, you should have perfection!

    Regards

    Valjean

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The father of tone hast bestowed this to us, July 20, 2012
    By 
    ram16821 (Texas) –

    This review is from: Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony (Electronics)

    Having an area for people to “review” this guitar is kind of like having a place for goobs to “review” a ’66 Cadillac, a ’57 Chevy, an original Indian motorcycle, or Marilyn Monroe herself. This guitar is the culmination of tone and style by the great Lester Polfus, and as such deserves respect. If you don’t like this guitar, it’s not the guitar’s fault.

    First – it’s heavy. Very. That makes for the resonance and tone.

    It’s thick – stands off your body almost like a semi-hollow body.

    It has square, low frets. Has the nickname “fretless wonder” for this reason.

    Has no silly gimmicks like whammy bars or drop-D tuners.

    Has 22 frets, so you have to work around longer scales.

    Is the grand piano of guitars. The father of tone. The boss. And is my “A” guitar for life.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful!, December 15, 2012
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    This review is from: Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Ebony (Electronics)

    I used to have a Studio model… really had me down when I had to sell it. But now, this beauty makes it up! With the perfect tube amp you’ll get the best out of the humbuckers and exquisite wood (hurry up before baked maple takes over the world!).
    Had a few finish imperfections: very small parts weren’t polished and pickguard still had a few shavings. Nothing that a nice & calm setup, tuneup and cleanup won’t fix.

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