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Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, Silver Burst

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  • Designed to benefit all musicians
  • Crisp Bright tone
  • Silverburst
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Limited Edition Silverburst finish
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
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Guitar Pickup Configuration humbucker humbucker humbucker humbucker
Body Material solid-wood Mahogany solid-wood mahogany
Fretboard Material Rosewood Rosewood Ebony Rosewood
Neck Material Mahogany Mahogany Mahogany Mahogany
Number Of Strings 6 6 6 6
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Les Paul Custom

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The introduction of the Les Paul Model in 1952 provided the fundamental template for the design of what would eventually become the most revered stringed instrument in the world. Today's Les Paul Custom is based on the model from the mid-1950s, but with several modern appointments.

The Incomparable Les Paul Custom Guitar

History

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

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

The introduction of the Les Paul Model in 1952 provided the fundamental template for the design of what would eventually become the most revered stringed instrument in the world. Yet Gibson president Ted McCarty and the guitar's namesake, Les Paul, also sought to introduce a "deluxe" version of the soon-to-be iconic model. The final design for the new Les Paul Custom was completed in early 1954, and the guitar made its official debut at the Chicago NAMM show in July 1954.

Initially, the goal had been to introduce the "deluxe" version in conjunction with the original 1952 Les Paul, yet Gibson's drive to achieve excellence resulted in several unexpected delays. The final product, however, would eventually become Gibson's top model in the original Les Paul line.

The 'Fretless Wonder'
The first version of the Les Paul Custom was nicknamed the "Fretless Wonder" for its low frets and "Black Beauty" for its rich, contrasting ebony color. It was also introduced at the same time as the Gibson Les Paul Junior and represented the ultimate in Gibson solid body design at the time, with an original price tag of just $325, which was $100 more than the regular Les Paul Model.

Aside from its obvious visual enhancements, the Les Paul Custom was the first Gibson guitar to offer the revolutionary ABR-1 Bridge, which was invented by McCarty. This pioneering achievement was a true revelation in intonation and remains one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered.

Other standard appointments included a thicker body design and seven-ply body binding on both the front and back of the guitar, along with a multi-bound headstock that featured a prominent five-piece split diamond patterned inlay of genuine mother of pearl--a design that still graces every Les Paul Custom made today.

Near-perfect Recreation
Today's Les Paul Custom is based on the model from the mid-1950s, but with several modern appointments. The body of the guitar is crafted with a hand-carved maple top, which is then fitted to a body made from a solid piece of mahogany with strategically routed holes to lessen the weight of the guitar, resulting in a Les Paul with enhanced acoustic qualities and improved resonance. The 24-3/4 inch scale length neck is also made from one solid piece of mahogany then topped by a 22-fret ebony fingerboard outfitted with figured acrylic block inlays, and given Gibson's traditional rounded profile. The pickups are Gibson's 490R in the neck position, which offers the tonal characteristics of the original PAFs, and the 498T in the bridge position, which swaps the 490R's Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs.

Other appointments include Gibson's legendary Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, metal tulip tuners, multi-ply white and black binding on both the top and back, gold hardware, and a 1 11/16" nut width. The Les Paul Custom is available in Antique White, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sun Burst, Wine Red and Silver Burst, and each guitar comes with the standard Gibson Custom case, custom care kit, and certificate of authenticity.

Nitrocellulose Finish
Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson guitar is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process. A properly applied nitro finish requires extensive man hours, several evenly applied coats, and an exorbitant amount of drying time. But this fact has never swayed Gibson into changing this time-tested method, employed ever since the first Gibson guitar was swathed with lacquer back in 1894. Why? For starters, a nitro finish dries to a much thinner coat than a polyurethane finish, which means there is less interference with the natural vibration of the instrument, allowing for a purer tone. A nitro finish is also a softer finish, which makes it easily repairable. You can touch up a scratch or ding on a nitro finish, but you can't do the same on a poly finish. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous in nature, and actually gets thinner over time. It does not "seal" wood in an airtight shell--as a poly finish does--and allows the wood to breathe and age properly.

All VOS (Vintage Original Spec) series guitars will use a proprietary process that includes unique steps for staining, wet-sanding, and hand-rubbing; subsequently the guitars reflect what a well-cared for 40-year-old guitar looks like. The result is a remarkable patina that will delight even the most discriminating enthusiast.


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Item Weight 20 pounds
Product Dimensions 44 x 18 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight 21.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B001R2IPY8
Item model number LPC-SLBCH1
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Best Sellers Rank #124,142 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#2,819 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body
Date first available at Amazon.com August 12, 2007

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Picked up one of these beauties in Feb of this year. It's my first Les Paul, and it's amazing. I finally understand why so many of the guitar legends I have listened to all my life choose the Gibson Les Paul. The sustain and tone are simply amazing. The nitrocellulose lacquer finish has a deep gloss that looks incredible. It's simply an amazing piece of playable art.

On a side note, the Amazon specs list the fretboard as being ebony. The Gibson website lists the fretboard material on all new Les Paul Customs as being Richlite, not ebony. All other retailers selling it also list it as Richlite, so I believe this is a mistake in the Amazon specs.

That said, mine has the Richlite fretboard, and I love it! For those who don't know, Richlite is a man-made material consisting of recycled paper and resin. I know some hardcore traditionalists who don't like it simply because it's new and different, but honestly, it has the same tonal qualities as ebony, looks great and feels amazing to play on. It is also more durable than ebony, and hey... it's 'green' seeing as it's made with recycled paper. Most people I've talked to who claim they don't like it have never actually played on it. Personally... I like it enough that I have started looking around for other guitars that use it. Don't let the Richlite scare you off. If you didn't know any better, you'd swear it was ebony when you played on it.

If you're in the market and you're nervous about pulling the trigger on buying one... just go for it. The only time I had any sort of buyers remorse was before I actually bought it. Once I had it in my hands, I had zero regrets. Love this guitar.
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By Jamie on December 4, 2010
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Gibson..... A name that has been around for years and is renowned for producing top quality guitars. What can I say you get what you pay for in life. This guitar certainly shows its pedigree, built to perfection with that solid rich sound that has become Gibson's trade mark. The quality of workmanship shines through with a gloss finish that seems rock solid. Certainly a pleasure to own. Comes with a plush Custom case which keeps it as good as new and a certificate of authenticity just so you know you have a true Gibson.
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I remember buying this guitar new in 1981. (It was just four months after Led Zeppelin announced its break-up, and I was still upset about it.) It has held up beautifully in every way. It sounds and responds like it did when new, and it's still major eye candy as well. Maintenance has been minimal. As far as I can tell, the new ones are virtually identical to mine, with the possible exception of a small difference in tone (and, unfortunately, a much bigger difference in price, even with inflation factored in). If you do decide to slap plastic and buy this American-made guitar, be prepared for a long-term relationship with your new favorite instrument, truly built to last for generations.
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