Anyone who knows the history of heavy rock is aware that the Gibson Les Paul has been a major influence on many of the brutal guitar sounds that have become synonymous with the genre. None more so than that of Mastadon guitarist Bill Kelliher whose collaboration with Gibson produced this beast that holds its own as a collectors’ piece as well as a well built and supremely playable instrument.
From Gibson –
“You want to talk heavy? Bill Kelliher’s riffs with metal giants Mastodon could just about crush the prehistoric beast that gives the band its name. The Bill Kelliher “Halcyon” Les Paul takes its classic mahogany/maple foundation from this savage-riffing guitarist’s longtime favourite single cut guitar, and blows it through the bedrock with a pair of eviscerating Lace Dissonant Aggressor pickups, with push-pull coil splitting on their individual volume controls for authentic single-coil sounds. With the tone totally covered, this guitar drives home the looks, too, courtesy of a Gold With Blackburst finish, gold-plated hardware, gold speed knobs, a “Halcyon” hot-stamped truss-rod cover, cream binding, and traditional trapezoid inlays.”
The mahogany body features modern weight relief to lighten the load and enhance resonance, without compromising the delivery of massive Les Paul tone. The one piece mahogany neck also features a thicker bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays.
Top – Maple
Back – Mahogany
Neck – Mahogany
Neck Fit Joint – Mortise & Tenon
Fingerboard – Rosewood
Frets – 22
Radius – 12″
Inlays – Trapezoid Mother of Pearl
Nut material – Tektoid
Nut Width – 1.695″
Headstock inlay – Mother of Pearl “Gibson” logo
Logo – Gold Silkscreen “Les Paul Model”
Angle – 17 Degrees Headstock
Tuners – Zamak Grover Keystone
Tuning Ratio – 14:1
Plating – Gold Tuners
Bridge type – Tune-O-Matic
Pickups – Lace Dissonant Aggressor
Electronics – 2 Volume Control / 2 Tone Control
Volume – 500K Push/Pull Non-Linear
Tone – 500K Non-Linear
Switch – Three-Way Pickup Selector
Finish – Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight – 9.6 lbs
This particular Halcyon Les Paul is in excellent, almost new condition. The unique Gold With Blackburst top is unmarked, and the high gloss black back and sides and gold hardware present a striking, upmarket presence. This one has seen very little playing time and is offered for sale in superb order. There are no marks, dings, dents, scratches or other blemishes anywhere. No fret wear, no changes, and no issues.
This is a serious rock machine. It delivers a big and bold Les Paul statement well suited to heavier styles, but holds its own in the tone stakes even when turned down and treated with a little less aggression. It works at any volume level, for many styles of music, but really comes into its own in a balls-to-the-wall environment.
Comes in its original Vintage Brown Gibson hard shell case in new condition.
Video demo here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbeHoQpPsWo