A store favorite, Silverburst Les Paul Customs were originally produced for a few short years in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and we are very happy the Gibson Custom Shop has brought back this distinctive finish in limited numbers.
Two years after the introduction of the iconic Les Paul Model in 1952, Gibson president Ted McCarty and the guitar’s namesake, Les Paul, sought to introduce a new “deluxe” version of the model with “increased power, greater sustain, and a clear, resonant, sparkling tone.” The final design for the Les Paul Custom was completed in early 1954 and introduced at the Chicago NAMM show in July of that year.
This Les Paul Custom is based on the model from the mid-1950s but with several modern appointments for today’s player. The body has a hand-carved maple top with a mahogany back and features strategically routed holes to lessen the weight and enhance the tonal qualities. The 22-fret richlite fretboard has acrylic block inlays to complete the Les Paul Custom look and a traditional rounded profile for smooth playing. The pickups are Gibson 490R and 498T humbuckers. The neck position offers the tonal characteristics of the original PAFs while the 498T in the bridge is slightly hotter, with emphasis on mid-range and highs. The Les Paul Custom was also the first Gibson guitar to feature a true pioneering achievement in guitar hardware, the adjustable ABR-1 bridge.
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