Gibson Custom Shop 1957 Les Paul Custom B3 'Black Beauty' Reissue – USA 2004
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“Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.
With its elegant lines and Ebony/Pearl/Gold aesthetic, the Les Paul Custom is easily one of the most iconic and beautiful guitars ever made. It features a body carved out of a single large piece of solid mahogany, unique among Les Paul models. The resulting dark mid-range tone from the body pairs perfectly with its bright-sounding solid Ebony fingerboard. Altogether, it's the pinnacle of guitar craftsmanship, design and tone. Gibson Custom Shop is proud to revive every last detail of the original "Black Beauty" for this Les Paul Custom Reissue, from the dimensions and contours to the precise inlay patterns to the entire ownership experience.”
Well balanced and acoustically resonant, this Les Paul has a very powerful and authoritative tone unplugged that translates well through the Custombucker pickups. The bridge position unit has a powerful and guttural sound, with an extremely musical and rich set of tonalities that range from growl and aggressive cut in the bridge position, to detailed and smooth sounds with the tone rolled back. The middle pickup has a nice Strat like quack thickened out by the two hum canceling coils. The neck position pickup is bright, precise and glassy, with a snap and articulation that pairs particularly well with the solid mahogany body.
This guitar is in excellent condition. There are a few minor marks here and there, consistent with a 19-year-old instrument, but nothing offensive. The neck is straight, truss rod works perfectly, tuners are solid, very little fret wear and the gold hardware still gleams.
Weight is 4.65kg / 10.25lbs.
There is something about the Black Beauty finish that oozes class and power, and this one has superb playability to match its distinguished appearance.
Excelling both at cleans and high gain crunch, this Custom Shop Les Paul Custom model epitomises the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that has made Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic line a favourite with players and collectors alike.
It comes in its Gibson CS hard case in excellent condition along with its Certificate of Authenticity and case candy.
Body Material 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
Weight Relief None
Finish Nitrocellulose VOS
Neck Material Solid Mahogany
Profile Chunky C-Shape
Scale Length 24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material Solid Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Number of Frets 22
Frets Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material Nylon
Action at 1st fret 0.25mm
Action at 12th fret 2mm
Neck depth at 1st fret 22.93mm
Neck depth at 12th fret 27.06mm
Nut Width 43.2mm
12 fret width 52.58mm
End of Board Width 2.24" / 56.89mm
Inlays 1950s Pattern Mother of Pearl
Joint Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Hardware Finish Gold
Tuner Plating Gold
Bridge No-Wire ABR-1
Tailpiece B3 Bigsby
Tuning Machines Grover
Pickguard Multiply Laminated Acrylic (in case)
Truss Rod Cover Authentic Stepped 2-Ply Les Paul Custom
Switch Tip Amber Catalin
Switchwasher Silkscreened Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
Jack Plate Cover Multiply Laminated Acrylic
Control Covers Black Royalite
Pickup Covers Authentic Profile Gold-plated Nickel Silver
Neck Pickup Custombucker
Middle Pickup Custombucker
Bridge Pickup Custombucker
Controls CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Pickup Selector 3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack Switchcraft