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Here is the ultimate in a solid body guitar - the Fretless Wonder. The Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar.

Today’s Les Paul Custom is based on the model from the mid-1950s, but with several modern appointments. The body is crafted with a hand-carved maple top, which is fitted to a body made from a solid piece of mahogany with strategically routed holes to lessen the weight of the guitar, resulting in a Les Paul with enhanced acoustic qualities and improved resonance.

The 24 ¾-inch scale length neck is also made from one solid piece of mahogany then topped by a 22-fret Richlite fingerboard. Richlite is an environmentally sustainable dense material made from renewable wood resources.  Hard enough that it is used as a commercial kitchen counter-top, it makes an environmentally responsible alternative to Rosewood and Ebony. The fingerboard is adorned with figured acrylic block inlays and given Gibson’s traditional rounded profile.

The pickups are Gibson’s 490R in the neck position, which offers the tonal characteristics of the original PAFs, and the 498T in the bridge position, which swaps the 490R’s Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs.

Other appointments include Gibson’s legendary Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, metal tulip tuners, multi-ply white and black binding on both the top and back, gold hardware and a 1 11/16” nut width. The Les Paul Custom is available in Antique White, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sun Burst, Wine Red and Silver Burst, and each guitar comes with the standard Gibson Custom case, custom care kit and certificate of authenticity.


History
The introduction of the Les Paul Model in 1952 provided the fundamental template for the design of what would event—ually become the most revered stringed instrument in the world. Yet Gibson president Ted McCarty and the guitar’s namesake, Les Paul, also sought to introduce a “deluxe” version of the soon-to-be iconic model. The final design for the new Les Paul Custom was completed in early 1954, and the guitar made its official debut at the Chicago NAMM show in July 1954.

Initially, the goal had been to introduce the “deluxe” version in conjunction with the original 1952 Les Paul, yet Gibson’s drive to achieve excellence resulted in several unexpected delays. The final product, however, would eventually become Gibson’s top model in the original Les Paul line.


The Fretless Wonder
The first version of the Les Paul Custom was nicknamed the “Fretless Wonder” for its low frets and “Black Beauty” for its rich, contrasting ebony color. It was also introduced at the same time as the Gibson Les Paul Junior and represented the ultimate in Gibson solid body design at the time, with an original price tag of just $325, which was $100 more than the regular Les Paul Model.

Aside from its obvious visual enhancements, the Les Paul Custom was the first Gibson guitar to offer the revolutionary ABR-1 Bridge, which was invented by McCarty. This pioneering achievement was a true revelation in intonation and remains one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered.

Other standard appointments included a thicker body design and seven-ply body binding on both the front and back of the guitar, along with a multi-bound headstock that featured a prominent five-piece split diamond patterned inlay of genuine mother of pearl – a design that still graces every Les Paul Custom made today.


Near-perfect Recreation
Today’s Les Paul Custom is based on the model from the mid-1950s, but with several modern appointments. The body of the guitar is crafted with a hand-carved maple top, which is then fitted to a body made from a solid piece of mahogany with strategically routed holes to lessen the weight of the guitar, resulting in a Les Paul with enhanced acoustic qualities and improved resonance.

The 24 ¾-inch scale length neck is also made from one solid piece of mahogany then topped by a 22-fret ebony fingerboard outfitted with figured acrylic block inlays, and given Gibson’s traditional rounded profile. The pickups are Gibson’s 490R in the neck position, which offers the tonal characteristics of the original PAFs, and the 498T in the bridge position, which swaps the 490R’s Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs.

Other appointments include Gibson’s legendary Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, metal tulip tuners, multi-ply white and black binding on both the top and back, gold hardware, and a 1 11/16” nut width. The Les Paul Custom is available in Antique White, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sun Burst, Wine Red and Silver Burst, and each guitar comes with the standard Gibson Custom case, custom care kit, and certificate of authenticity.

Order your Gibson Les Paul Custom from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy, and be sure to take advantage of our fast, free shipping.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Case
  • Custom Care Kit
  • Certificate of Authenticity
Other Features Richlite Fingerboard
Model Les Paul Custom

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5.0

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from Jamestown, Tn

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Pros

  • Gibson full sound
  • Great neck
  • Great tone

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Rock blues

Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

I found this guitar and fell in love with it. Such rich tone! no twanginess, just smooth when smooth is needed, and screaming with depth when needed. all around best.

all that being said, I play my les Paul studio live more than any of my LP's! why? The weight, the balance, and the speed. like a les Paul jr body with les Paul custom tone . best of both worlds! cheers.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Iconic Classic Guitar - Outstanding Axe

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from Fairfield CT

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Pros

  • Beautiful look
  • Perfect tone
  • RIch Sustain

Cons

  • "Sticky" Neck

Best Uses

  • Jazz
  • Rock

Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

Just pulling this thing out of the case makes you feel like a Rock Star. I have wanted a Les Paul custom since I was 13 years old, and when I finally got it - it did not disappoint.

The guitar feels great around your neck – it's very comfortable on strap – and is in a perfect spot for playing. I have an explorer as well – cool guitar – but a challenge to play. Not so with the LPC.

I will say the neck had a sort of "sticky" quality when I pulled it out of the case, but a little polish solved that.

Any sound I pick – clean, classic distortion, effects or straight – this guitar is just unbelievable sounding. The sustain is amazing – and the neck is completely true – f on fret one sounds exactly like f on fret 13, only – of course, higher.

I'd definitely recommend this guitar to anyone with the desire to own a classic – and the cash (it ain't cheap!) You won't be sorry…

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the Wait!

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from Athens, Georgia

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Pros

  • 50s Les Paul Only Better
  • Amazing sound
  • Axe That Can Really Shred
  • Exquisite Craftsmanship
  • Feather Touch Fingering
  • Sustaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnnnn

Cons

  • Prefer Shallower Heel

Best Uses

  • Does it all

Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

Been an "axe-man" over 45 years and this is far and away the ballsiest, 'pluck a note and come back tomorrow to hear it finally fade out', 'kiss you on the neck and blow in your ear sweet' or 'shred till you scream and give in' range, 'do whatever you want and then STILL be capable of doing more' Les Paul I've ever played. That's why it's the Gibson Les Paul Custom I finally bought.

Didn't want a sports car and got a wife that's way too good to trade in, so it was the midlife crisis gift to myself that everyone agreed with. My only problem is figuring out which I like more, playing it or looking at it..........NOT!

Definitely PLAYING IT!

To all of you who say it's too expensive, this kind of quality involves a huge investment of time, the years of experience of the luthier, the equipment and everything else that goes into an instrument of this renown. You want something less expensive look to an assembly-line guitar...and you'll likely get what you pay for. I think this "Fretless Wonder Black Beauty" is worth every penny! Besides, there's something to be said for waiting until you can afford to buy what you really want instead of just being willing to "settle". Yes, it takes more time but at least in my case it was absolutely "Worth the Wait!"

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic, but could be even better

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from Newport Beach, California

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Pros

  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Lengendary
  • Multilayed binding
  • Playability
  • Versatile sound

Cons

  • Bad quality control
  • Plastic inlays

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

    Yes it plays and sounds as good as it gets. The Plek technology seems to be effective although my last 2010 LP Custom still required a setup. This is the top of the line and it doesn't get any better in a production line instrument.

    It still strikes me that you can shell out nearly $4,000 for arguably Gibson's "flagship" guitar, with the remarkable workmanship, design and engineering - the list goes on. This is one of the few guitars that still affords a real ebony fretboard - but what is the point of using real ebony so masterfully, when the inlays are made of acrylic - a fancy term for PLASTIC? Yes it is rare and harder to work with and more expensive - but it would be the final touch for an otherwise grandious piece of functional art.

    Secondly, I have 4 of this particular model - and 2 of the 4 have significant amounts of polishing residue around the hard to get to spots. And with time it has cured and become a part of the guitar's finish. I have started looking closely at photographs of Gibson Customshop guitars and see traces of pink aroung the black cavity covers. There is no excuse for this except for lack of pride at the factory. I wouldn't think there would be a significant added cost to remove the rubbing compound before the guitar leaves the shop (while it is still possible!). Also bubbles in the finishes and some misaligned maple caps with the mahogany bodies.

    Am I being too picky. Maybe yes, but maybe there are a lot of foreign competitors that make a guitar that is of similar quality but sell at a fraction of the cost. And, Gibson can trade on it's name and goodwill only so long before a new generation of kids who don't know who "Jimmy Page" is - won't be willing to spend extra for the Gibson name and the supposed assurance of quality that comes with the brand. Come on guys - this is your "Custom Shop"... And the is a Les Paul "Custom" - if we didn't want the luxury we would choose a lesser model. Your marketing strategy is well aware that a significant portion of your sales are to collectors. So don't ruin it by producing "uncollectable" quality instruments.

    How much more would it cost me to purchase this model with real mother of pearl, fitted body and perfect finish? And where do I sign up?

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    wow... This guitar is AMAZING

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    from Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    • Balanced weight
    • Beautiful custom paintjob
    • Big Heavy Giant tone
    • Felt the power
    • Great feel and play

    Cons

    • Deeper heel for high fret
    • Sweat builds in back neck

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Collection
    • Jamming
    • Reherseal
    • Studio
    • Touring

    Comments about Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing music for almost 7 years now, and I have played Jacksons, Deans, Fenders, you name it. But, I never came across a gibson so balls out heavier, classic, and gigantic in its sound. This guitar also brings out elegance to any musician who plays this guitar, and is PERFECT for touring, performing, rehearsing, studio you name it. I used this guitar for ALLL those reasons, i use it for the road and records. This guitar has the tone and HEAVY GUTS to back up any type of damage inflicted to it. This is the most genuine, classic musician's weapon for war.

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    Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar

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