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Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar - Review

Gibson Les Paul Custom | Specifications, pricing and rating information on this classic electric guitar.

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Model: Gibson Les Paul Custom - Electric Guitar

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Solid Body - Carved Maple Top and  Mahogany Back
Neck Material: Mahogany - Joins Body at 16th Fret
Neck Shape: '59 Rounded Les Paul Specification
Fretboard: Rosewood - Not Bound - Solid with Trap Style Pearlite Inlay - Ebony on Top End Models
Scale Length: 24.75"
Body Dimensions: 16"w x 20"l x 2 1/4" d
Total #Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1 11/16" Finish: Gloss
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Tailpiece
Binding:  None
Tuners: Gold or Silver Plated With Green Key
Electronics: Humbucker 490R and 498T 2 Volume & Tone + One Three Way Switch
Warranty: Limited Lifetime


Gibson Les Paul Custom MSRP: $6,680.00 (incl. Hardshell Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Gibson Les Paul Custom Gibson Les Paul Custom - Electric Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar is a special limited-run model from the Gibson Custom Shop. With many of the Classic Black Beauty guitar appointments, such as the glossy black finish, gold hardware, multi-ply binding, and block pearl fingerboard inlays on an ebony fretboard, it has the visual appeal that has attracted guitarists for decades.

The Gibson Les Paul Custom also features updated electronics, sporting 3 BurstBucker pickups for an amazing array of tonal possibilities.

In the neck position is a medium output Burstbucker 1 for a sweet vintage sound. In the middle and bridge positions are BurstBucker 2 pickups, which have a slightly hotter output for that extra bite you need to really cut through the mix.

The Gibson LP Custom Guitar has all the meticulous handwork you re used to from the Gibson Custom Shop.Pioneered and developed with the assistance of legendary jazz-pop guitarist Les Paul—one of the world s greatest musical and technological pioneers—the Gibson Les Paul Guitar has become the standard by which all electric guitars are judged.

With fat, rich tone and incredible sustain, the Les Paul lends itself to every style and generation of music. From the sweetest jazz to the heaviest rock and metal, the Les Paul guitar can do it all. It is one of the most powerful and versatile guitars of all time.

Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar MSRP $6,680.00

Gibson Les Paul Custom - Electric Guitar Features:
    Carved maple top and mahogany back (Mahogany top on faded finish models)
    Mahogany neck, '59 Rounded Les Paul
    Rosewood fingerboard (Ebony on Alpine white)
    Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar
    Chrome or gold hardware
    490R and 498T Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups (BurstBucker Pro on faded finish models)
    2 volume and 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Epiphone Les Paul Standard: Solid Mahogany body, Maple top, Alnico V Humbucker pickups and the Tune-o-matic bridge/Stopbar tailpiece combo for monstrous sustain.
Paul Reed Smith SE SingleCut
Paul Reed Smith SE SingleCut: Within Reach The SE Singlecut features a maple top with flamed maple veneer, and is available in translucent finishes. These new models come with solid mahogany backs and necks and provide a level of quality not seen in guitars in this price range.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus: The Epiphone Les Paul Standard with plus top may be the best electric guitar in its price range. Two Alnico Classic humbucking pickups deliver big slabs of the fat, warm tones, transcontinental sustain, and deep, soulful distortion that made this guitar famous.
Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe
Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe: Raises the bar with the cutting-yet-rich tone of a 490R humpucking pickup in the neck position and a BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickup in the bridge position.
Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy Custom EX Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy Custom EX Electric Guitar:Built for comfort and speed! Based on the 1962 model 6120, the Chet Atkins Hollow Body Double Cutaway electric guitar features TV Jones® Classic pickups, Gretsch rocking bar bridge, Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece, and flip-up muffler system.
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Features: 8.5

The Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar is a special limited-run model from the Gibson Custom Shop. With many of the Classic Black Beauty guitar appointments, such as the glossy black finish, gold hardware, multi-ply binding, and block pearl fingerboard inlays on an ebony fretboard, it has the visual appeal that has attracted guitarists for decades..

Tuning machines operate smoothly and effortlessly for easy dead-on tuning and string changes.

I would prefer a solid Ebony fingerboard to the Rosewood. Ebony IS available on the upper priced models and as well worth the extra money to get it.

Sound Production: 9.5

The Gibson Les Paul Custom is literally the perfect guitar for any type of music you play. The only exception would be fingerstyle picking, which is better handles by the big semi-hollow body guitars. The Humbuckers are fantastic and I would expect nothing less from pickups of this quality.

Action: 9.5

The Gibson Les Paul Custom plays incredible as delivered. If your preference is lower or higher action, adjustment with the Tune-O-matic bridge is a cinch.

The Gibson Les Paul Custom had perfect action at the nut as deliver too, and as you know, I fussy about low string action. See my article on Action Adjustment for directions to do this easily and professionally.

Durability: 8.0

The Gibson Les Paul Custom is quite durable. From the solid carved wood body construction the to trussed neck this guitar will take a lot of abuse. Be cautious of all the guitar edges however as there is nothing to protect the finished edges other than the finish itself. So a hard bang on a music stand, wood chair or table and you will have a unsightly chipped edge.

Other than that, the guitar is extremely durable, as most solid bodied electrics are.

Customer Service: 10.0

Your new Gibson Les Paul Studio is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the original retail purchaser, subject to the limitations contained in this warranty.

If at any time this Gibson instrument malfunctions as a result of faulty materials or workmanship, Gibson will repair the defect(s) or replace the instrument, as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion. Gibson reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair in the event that original materials are no longer available, If replacement of your instrument is deemed appropriate by our staff, Gibson will replace the instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument.

This warranty covers the cost of both labor and materials on any repair deemed necessary by our Customer Service Representative for the lifetime of the original purchaser. In the unlikely event that your instrument is destroyed, lost or damaged beyond repair, while in the possession of Gibson for repair, Gibson will replace that instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument. Any insurance covering the instrument, including but not limited to collector's value insurance, must be carried by owner at owner's expense. For more info please refer to the Gibson website.

Overall Score: 9.1

The masters at the Gibson Custom shop really know their stuff. The guitars that come out of this guitar shop are top notch. The have the best of best techniciansand luthiers working on these instruments and it really shows. Fantastic fit and finish will allow you to "show-off" this beauty in any music genre.

From the carved maple top to the mahogany back, Gibson Les Paul Custom is a great work of art. Everything is neat and clean with very little frills. Be careful with the edges of the body though as they are not protected by anything other than the finish.

The Gibson Les Paul Custom Humbucker pickups perform flawlessly and gives this guitar amazing sound and versatility. The sound is clean and great for jazz and mellow rock and very able to handle those Les Paul licks!

If you are a serious music student or professional guitarist, this guitar will more than meet anything you want to tackle. I give it very high marks.