Gibson Custom Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar (SN:PF882)SKU: GPF882XXX-P
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After paying his dues with Humble Pie and years of solo touring and recording in the late '60s and '70s, young British guitar star Peter Frampton hit it huge in 1976 with the release of Frampton Comes Alive, the biggest selling live album of all time. And as every one of the more than 10 million fans who bought it in its first year of release alone could tell you, you only needed to fold down that double-album cover to see Frampton wailing on a black, three-pickup Les Paul Custom. Players by the score ran out in search of their own version of that Les Paul Custom, the instrument in Frampton's hands widely assumed to be an original 1960 model, but its origins, and its journey to the star’s hands (and out of them once again), reveal some unusual twists and turns. During the first night of a three-night stand in 1970 opening for the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore West in San Francisco while still playing with Humble Pie, Frampton was having trouble with howling feedback from his semi-hollowbody guitar on the big stage. A fan named Mark Mariana approached him after his set on the second night, said he’d noticed the hassles the guitarist was having, and provided a solution: if he wanted to, Frampton could play Mariana's solidbody Les Paul Custom for the third night at the Fillmore. He delivered the instrument, which looked for all the world like a 1960 Custom, but was in fact a 1954 Custom freshly back from the Gibson factory, where it had been given a new coat of ebony black lacquer, new frets, and three humbucking pickups to update it to contemporary specs. Frampton bonded with the guitar instantly. It not only cured his feedback problems for the closing night of the run, it proved the most tuneful, expressive guitar Frampton had ever played. When he offered to buy it after the set, Mariana said that, no, he wouldn’t sell it—he would give it to Frampton. And through that unprecedented act of generosity, a re-born 1954 Les Paul Custom became one of the most iconic guitars of the decade. Sadly, Frampton's original Comes Alive Les Paul Custom was lost in 1980 when a cargo plane crashed in Venezuela.
Today, the Gibson Custom Shop brings this legendary 1954/1960 Les Paul Custom back to life in all its glory, except now, this Custom offers some updates that are up to Frampton's preferred specs. Recreating the aesthetic of the original with unparalleled accuracy, the Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom boasts all the classic Custom appointments including a high-gloss ebony "black beauty" finish over a mahogany body and a carved maple over, classy gold-plated hardware, elegant pearl block inlays on the richlite 'board and the timeless "split-diamond" headstock inlay. What sets this apart from the original is that the back now employ's Gibson's weight relief to offer a lighter feel with improved resonance & sustain, and the neck is shaped into an ultra-fast slim profile for optimum speed—specifications personally selected by Frampton. The block inlay at the 12th fret now also displays Peter Frampton's signature.
The pickups used for the Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom have been selected by the artist as well. It comes loaded up with trio of popular Gibson open-coil humbuckers: a '57 Classic in the neck position, a '57 Classic Plus in the middle, and a scorching-hot 500T in the bridge position. These pickups can really cover all sonic ground—from super sweet cleans all the way to searing hot lead tones. The 3-way switch allows you to use the neck and middle pickups in the Rhythm position, the middle and bridge pickups in the Treble position, and all 3 pickups together in the middle position. A set of precise, accurate Grover Kidney bean tuners and a traditional pairing of a Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece tie this incredible Peter Frampton signature model together. Comes complete with a hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity from Gibson Custom.
Get your Gibson Custom Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. 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 45/60 day return/price protection policy.
Number Of Frets 22 Neck Shape Frampton Slim Carve Body Style Single Cutaway Fingerboard Richlite Body Wood Mahogany Top Maple Pickup Configuration H-H-H Bridge Pickup 500T Neck Pickup '57 Classic Middle Pickup '57 Classic Plus Bridge Type Tune-O-Matic with Stopbar Tailpiece Tuning Machines Grover Kidney Orientation Right-Handed Case/Bag Included Yes Case Type Hardshell Case Weight 8 lbs, 7.3 oz. Series Artist Models Model Peter Frampton Les Paul
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