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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. All together, 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.
Body Shape Les Paul
Body Material 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
Weight Relief None
Finish Nitrocellulose VOS (Vintage Patina)
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
Nut Width 1.69″ / 42.85mm
End of Board Width 2.24″ / 56.89mm
Inlays Mother of Pearl
Joint Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Hardware Finish Gold
Tuner Plating Gold
Bridge No-Wire ABR-1
Tailpiece Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar (or Bigsby if applicable)
Tuning Machines Grover
Pickguard Multiply Laminated Acrylic
Truss Rod Cover Authentic Les Paul Custom
Pickup Covers Authentic Profile Gold-plated Nickel Silver
Neck Pickup Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Bridge Pickup Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted)
Controls CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Pickup Selector 3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack Switchcraft
Case Gibson Custom Art Historic hard case
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 a very musically rich set of tonalities that range from aggressive growl to detailed and smooth with the tone rolled back a little. The neck position pickup is full, 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 16 year old instrument, but nothing offensive. The neck is straight, truss rod works perfectly, tuners are solid, no discernable fret wear and the gold hardware still gleams.
The neck is a full C profile, thickness measuring 0.877" at the first fret and 1.025" at the 12th. Feels great in all positions.
Weight is 9.9 lbs
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 epitomizes the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that has made Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic line a favourite with players and collectors alike.
Comes in its Gibson CS hard case in excellent condition along with its Certificate Of Authenticity and case candy.