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.
The Incomparable Les Paul Custom Guitar
Powerful 490R plus 498T pickups plus Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge plus stopbar tailpiece.
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.
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.
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.
List Price: $ 5,739.00
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