- Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
- Arched top: Maple
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros classiforia)
- Neck profile: Custom 'C'
- Long neck tenon
- Inlays: Mother-of-pearl block
- 22 Frets
- Scale: 628 mm
- 5-Ply binding
- Headstock inlay: Spit diamond
- Pickups: Gibson 490R (neck) and 498T (bridge) humbuckers
- Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail
- Hardware; Gold-plated
- Colour: Black
- Includes a case
- Made in the USA
An absolute classic
The name Les Paul is truly iconic in the world of electric guitar, both as a guitarist and as a guitar. The Les Paul Custom was developed in 1953 after Les Paul (the man, that is) asked Gibson to make him a more luxurious version of the standard Les Paul model of the time. The Custom came – and still comes – elaborately decorated with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a "split diamond" inlay on the headstock, and multi-ply binding. And, of course, a "real" Custom always comes in a black finish with gold hardware – after all, that's what its namesake Les Paul wanted. Today, the Gibson Custom Shop ensures that the Custom still remains as desirable as ever.
The Gibson Les Paul is the archetypal “single cut” electric guitar, with a design that is simply unmistakable. Underneath its all-black finish lies a mahogany body with a glued-on maple top. The neck is also made of mahogany and has an ebony fingerboard with 22 fairly flat frets, which give the Custom a crisper tone and smoother playability compared to the Les Paul Standard. You get two humbucking pickups, each with its own individual volume and tone controls, and a three-way pickup selector switch. By the way: The Les Paul Custom has always taken special modifications well. That's why there are a number of them with three pickups (Peter Frampton and Keith Richards own one, for instance), or even a Bigsby vibrato system – also available from the Custom Shop!
Not just for rockers
You can be sure to find the elegant and stylish Gibson Les Paul Custom in the music and living rooms of a great many guitar connoisseurs. The guitar has a distinct personality in terms of sound: Balanced, rich in sustain, singing, and full of character – and it always cuts through. Although often found in Rock and Blues music, the Les Paul Custom is by no means restricted to these genres, as Les Paul, a thoroughbred Jazz musician, himself proved. Whatever your musical style, however, a sturdy strap and a strong back are essential, since the Les Paul Custom owes its thick, creamy tone to its impressive weight. In the end however, its slightly shorter scale length means that this guitar practically plays itself.
The Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson and has its headquarters in Nashville, USA. Gibson is world famous and is loved by many musicians for its cult-status instruments. From 1936 onwards, the firm built the first mass-produced electric guitar - the ES-150. The “Les Paul”, one of the first solid-body electric guitars, followed in 1952 and remains hugely popular to this day, in great part thanks to the “humbucker” pickups installed from 1957 onwards. The range has expanded over the years to include such well-known guitar models as the SG, the Flying V, and the ES-335, as well as bass guitars and acoustic guitars including the Thunderbird bass and the Hummingbird dreadnought. Well-known artists such as Pete Townshend, Slash, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, B.B. King, Michael Patrick Kelly, and Nikki Sixx, swear by Gibson guitars.
Being the chic sister of the Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Custom is played by musicians who know exactly what they want. Plug it into a Marshall amplifier and you’ll get the quintessential Rock sound that many of our guitar heroes, including Jimmy Page, Kirk Hammett, Zakk Wylde, Adam Jones, and Slash, have used time and time again. The guitar also allows you to switch between two different sounds at lightning speed, thanks to its special wiring. Just set your volume and tone controls for each pickup and use the selector switch to return to your setting. Incidentally, the popular “kill switch” stutter sounds are also only possible with such a layout: Turn one of the volume controls all the way down, then use the toggle switch rhythmically to create the stutter effect.
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