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Gibson Custom CS9 '50s Style Les Paul Electric Guitar (SN:CS950317)

SKU: GCS950317-P

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You are looking at a Gibson CS9 '50s Style Les Paul Electric Guitar, serial number CS950317. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (8 lbs, 12.4 oz.)

Holy Toledo! Do you see this top? The specially-spec'd Gibson Custom Shop CS9 Les Paul is now available exclusively through Sam Ash. Only 5 of these fantastic creations will be available. After digging through 3 complete skids of fine maple tops, our buyers selected 5 of the most striking tops that they could get their hands on. Unsurpassed playability and vintage tone all day, but also downright sexy. All the things we love in a '50s Les Paul—just with the volume turned up a bit. Monster top? You can see the figure from the moon! Big ol' neck? Like the business end of a Louisville slugger! The list goes on and on.

This Custom Shop R9-inspired creation was specifically designed with the kind of person in mind who is both a collector and a serious player.

As a collector, what basic elements do you look for in a Les Paul? Most of the time, the more the flame, the higher the demand. If she is just going to hang on your wall like a pinup, let's see a nice, rich and dark rosewood fingerboard, and of course, some big flame!

As a Les Paul player, what might you want to see on a vintage Les Paul if the collectability/money factor was not an issue? You'd probably like a set of sturdy, accurate Grover keys instead of the fragile Kluson keys. You'd also probably like some fret wire that's a touch bigger than the vintage wire. So many vintage '50s Gibsons are re-fretted with larger frets and Grover keys that if you didn't know for sure, you might think these features came standard. Playability and tone are as important as aesthetics. Uncovered '57 classics are round and sweet, and can turn on a dime to fierce and heartbreaking. Miss the older reissue neck profile a bit? This neck will fill up Frankenstein's hand, and plays as fast as the Mach 5.

Another difference from the strict reissue is a metal input plate cover instead of plastic, which is something you never think about until the plastic gives out. The toggle rhythm/treble 'poker chip' has been removed entirely; you know what pickup you're on and don't need to cover up your beautiful wood.

All of these features were combined to create what we believe is one damn sexy guitar, a player's dream, and a future collector's item. Comes complete with a hardshell case, a Certificate of Authenticity from Gibson Custom, and a bonus "Pinup" pickguard.

With only five of these gorgeous, rare and exclusive instruments available worldwide, the CS9 '50s Style Les Paul from Gibson Custom poses a rare opportunity for the discerning player and collector. Be sure to get yours before they're gone! And remember, you'll only find them here at Sam Ash. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45-day return policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity


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Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Neck Shape '57 Fat Neck Profile
Body Style Single Cutaway
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Hand-Selected Dark Rosewood
Body Wood Mahogany
Top Hand-Selected Figured Maple
Pickup Configuration H-H
Bridge Pickup '57 Classic
Neck Pickup '57 Classic
Bridge Type ABR-1 Non Wire with Lightweight Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuning Machines Grover Kidney
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Sam Ash Exclusive

Only 5 Available Worldwide

Fatter '57 Neck Profile

Medium Jumbo Frets

Metal Nickel Jackplate

No Toggle Switch Washer

BONUS Reissue Pickguard with "Pinup" Girl

"Pinup" Hot Stamped Truss Rod Cover
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 8 lbs, 12.4 oz.
Model CS9 "Pinup" '50s Style Les Paul
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.