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The One, the Only Gibson Les Paul Custom
With its sonic punch, fluid playability, and classic “tuxedo” appointments, the Gibson Les Paul Custom is equal parts elegance and brute strength. Fitted with a matched 490/498 humbucker set that takes you from mellow jazz tones to full shred with a pinky twist, the Gibson Les Paul Custom is ultra-responsive to your touch. Its fast-action neck, smooth-as-silk ebony fingerboard, and medium jumbo frets facilitate the speedy, dexterous fretwork we’ve heard across prog, fusion, and hard rock genres from guitar virtuosos like Robert Fripp, Al Di Meola, and Zakk Wylde. Gibson’s Custom Shop luthiers selected premium mahogany for the body and capped it with a 2-piece carved maple top — a classic recipe for rich, sustaining, articulate tone that’ll slice right through the mix.
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A tradition of effortless playability
The Gibson Les Paul Custom is well known for its playability; many guitarists use the word “effortless” to describe it. Soon after its 1954 introduction, players (and Gibson literature) started referring to it as the “Fretless Wonder.” It wasn’t fretless, of course, but Gibson had fitted the Custom with flat, low-profile frets, which allowed your fingers to fly over the fingerboard. Today’s LP Custom is equipped with medium jumbo frets more suited to contemporary playing styles, but ultra-playability remains a hallmark of this iconic solidbody electric guitar.
A classic tonewood recipe for sustain and articulation
Although the original Gibson Les Paul Custom had an all-mahogany body, today’s Custom features a mahogany body with a carved 2-piece maple top. This combination serves up the density needed for massive sustain and precise note articulation. The result is a highly playable instrument that looks and sounds incredible. Gold hardware provides a crowning finishing touch for the Gibson Les Paul Custom.
Matched humbucker set delivers a universe of tone on the Gibson Les Paul Custom
This Gibson Les Paul Custom is spec’d with a matched pair of 490/498 humbuckers. Naturally, these pickups really shine when pumping out the classic fat, snarling tone that is the Les Paul’s stock-in-trade. They are delightfully responsive, though — simply roll back the volume, and they clean up beautifully. Sweetwater guitarists love this pickup combo, and so will you. Whether you’re delivering your musical message with mellow jazz tones, bone-rattling crunch, or a blistering liquid inferno — the Gibson Les Paul Custom rewards your touch with world-class responsiveness.
Gibson voiced the pickups on the Les Paul Custom for tonal characteristics similar to their ’57 Classics, but with a slight increase in the upper mids for a more contemporary humbucker sound. The neck-position 490R gives you the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, albeit with a slight upper-mid bump, which delivers clarity and definition that complement the wonderfully warm sound of this pickup: great for tasty, chimey rhythm work. Gibson’s 498T alnico humbucker is the ideal bridge pickup if your playing requires an emphasis on mids and highs. A high-output version of the 490T, this pickup combines a slightly hotter Alnico V magnet with a specially wound coil combination. The result is increased crunch and sustain — a potent sonic elixir for heavier music styles. Each pickup’s pole pieces are aligned to match the string spacing at the neck and bridge, respectively.
Nitro finish, for the look and feel of a classic
This Gibson Les Paul Custom wears a gorgeous nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes — standard back in the day — are significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to "breathe." Nitro finishes not only look amazing; they also enhance the instrument's tonal qualities. This Gibson Les Paul Custom has the look and feel of a lovingly cared for classic — one that will only improve with age.
Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
- An iconic solidbody electric from one of the world’s renowned guitar makers
- Mahogany body, carved 2-piece maple top; nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Mahogany neck; nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Ebony fingerboard, 12" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, mother-of-pearl block inlays
- Bridge pickup: 498T humbucker
- Neck pickup: 490R humbucker
- 3-way pickup selector
- Bridge and neck volume controls
- Bridge and neck tone controls
- Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
- 1.69" Corian nut; Grover kidney tuners
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- 2-piece plain Maple
- Nitrocellulose Gloss Lacquer
- Alpine White
- Set Neck
- Mother-of-Pearl Blocks
- 22, Medium Jumbo
- Tune-o-Matic Bridge with Stopbar
- Grover Kidney
- 490R Humbucker
- 498T Humbucker
- 2 x volume, 2 x tone
- 3-way toggle pickup switch
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Does a Les Paul Custom have a maple cap? ›
In 1968, Gibson re-introduced the Les Paul Custom as a two-pickup model. The headstock angle was changed from 17 to 14 degrees, a wider headstock and a maple top (in lieu of the original 1953–1961 solid-mahogany construction).What is the difference between Epiphone Les Paul Custom and Custom Pro? ›
THE BOTTOM LINE:The Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro has the same beloved look of a classic Les Paul Custom, but upgrades like coil splitting, a phase switch, and the SlimTaper “D” neck profile make it more versatile and playable than ever.What pickups are in a Gibson Les Paul Custom? ›
Gibson Custom is loaded with slightly lower output 490R neck pickup with Alnico II magnet and 498T bridge pickup, whereas the Gibson Standard is fitted with fairly standard Burstbucker Pro bridge and neck pickups.How many frets does a Les Paul Custom have? ›
All Les Paul models have 22 frets, from the famous Gibson's through to the more affordable Epiphone Les Paul's. This is because of how guitars were originally made.Why do Les Pauls have maple caps? ›
The gold color was intended in part to disguise from competitors that the guitar had a maple cap on a solid mahogany body. According to a company history, the idea of using two kinds of wood was to “balance the bright attack of maple with the warmth and richness of mahogany.”When did Gibson stop using pancake bodies? ›
The body changed back to solid mahogany from the pancake design in late 1976 or early 1977. In 1985 the Gibson canceled the Deluxe model.Where are Epiphone Les Paul Customs made? ›
Epiphone Guitars are made in Gibson's own factory in Asia. Because Gibson owns the Epiphone factory overseas and doesn't use contract manufacturers, you can be sure that your Epiphone Les Paul is made to the exacting standards of the Gibson Company.How much does a Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro weigh? ›
While both the Classic and the Standard have that distinct Les Paul sound, they aren't quite the same. The Classic has a brighter sound, while the Standard is warmer and a bit fuller. I also feel like the Standard is a bit more aggressive and growly than the Classic. I do like the sound of the Standard a bit more.Is a Les Paul Custom thicker than standard? ›
The Custom has a slightly thicker body design and a slightly thicker neck profile – like they did in the late 50s, plus it receives a little more attention to detail at the Custom Shop factory.
Is there a 24 fret Les Paul? ›
An Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy has 24 frets. They basically moved the pickups and neck up a little to make access to the top frets much easier.Do Gibsons 24 frets? ›
While it may be rare for a thrash metal artist to receive their very own Gibson signature acoustic, it is also the first time Gibson have built a 24-fret flat-top.Is a Gibson guitar worth it? ›
Gibson guitars hold their value well. The quality of materials and intense care and consideration throughout the manufacturing process ensure that Gibson guitars will last. The brand is respected and popular enough to retain its worth. As long as you take proper care of the instrument, it won't lose much of its value.Why are there 3 pickups on a guitar? ›
The main advantage of having three pickups on an electric guitar, is that it gives you more versatility. It gives you a lot more flexibility when it comes to choosing the types of pickups you have on your guitar as well.Are Gibson guitars handmade? ›
Gibsons are handmade, thus the quality and feel could vary from one guitar to the next.Does a maple top affect tone? ›
For guitars, it's usually used in necks and tops. In terms of tone, Maple enhances upper-mids and high frequencies particularly, however, it also produces a tight, well-defined low end. In electric guitar tops, Maple is known to generate a defined scoop in mid-range.What's the difference between a Les Paul and a Les Paul Studio? ›
The Les Paul Standard features Burstbucker Pro Rhythm pickups, whereas the Les Paul Studio features a pair of 1957 classics. The Standard version benefits from an internal DIP switch, giving the player a huge variety of tone options, whereas tones are more limited with the Studio.What does a maple cap do to a guitar? ›
-Maple is a hard and dense wood, and a maple cap adds durability and wear resistance to the face of guitars made out of softer would like basswood and others. This is one of the main reasons guitars have maple tops.Who played a Gibson Black Beauty? ›
This 1960 Les Paul Custom (LPC) Black Beauty was heavily used by Jimmy Page in these early 1960s studio sessions. Jimmy was one of the first British Rockers of the era to play a Gibson Les Paul, followed by Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.How Much Does Jimmy Page's Les Paul weigh? ›
8 lbs 1 oz.
What is a pancake guitar? ›
The expression "pancake body" actually refers to a body made of a thin layer of maple sandwiched between two slabs of mahogany, with a maple cap. The grain of the maple was placed at 90 degrees to that of the mahogany. The "pancake"-like layers are clearly visible when looking at the edge of the guitar.Is an Epiphone a real Les Paul? ›
The Epiphone Les Paul is a solid body guitar line produced by Epiphone as a more modestly priced version of the famous Gibson Les Paul. Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson Guitar Corporation and manufactures the Les Paul model and other budget models at a lower cost in Asia.Are Epiphones made in China? ›
In 2004, Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China, which manufactures Epiphone guitars. With few exceptions, Epiphones are now built only in the Qingdao factory.Where are the best Epiphones made? ›
Where Are Epiphone Guitars Made? Epiphone guitars are manufactured in Gibson's Chinese-based Qingdao factory. The majority of Epiphone's instruments have been made exclusively in this facility since 2004, including their solid-body, hollow-body and acoustic guitars.Is 8.5 lbs heavy for a guitar? ›
The average weight of an electric guitar is 8 lbs (3.6 kg). Typical electric guitars can weigh anywhere from 6 to 10+ lbs (2.7 – 4.5 kg) depending on the type of wood used and shape of the body.What is the heaviest guitar? ›
Electric guitars weigh 8 pounds (3.6 kg) on average and typically weigh between between 6 and 12 pounds (2.7 – 5.5 kg). One of the lightest models is the Gibson SG, weighing 6 pounds (2.7 kg), and one of the heaviest is the Les Paul which weighs up to 12 pounds (4 kg). What is this?Are Epiphone Les Pauls lighter than Gibson? ›
Playability. If you are someone who doesn't enjoy playing heavy instruments, you're probably going to want to pay attention here: the Gibson Les Paul is actually a bit heavier than the Epiphone Les Paul, but all Les Paul guitars do have a bit of overall heft to them.Is a Les Paul Classic better than a standard? ›
The Quick Answer. The Gibson Les Paul Classic sounds brighter compared to the Les Paul Standard models which sound warmer and fuller. The Les Paul Classic is weight-relieved and has a coil tap function unlike the Les Paul Standard. The Standard version is approximately $400 more expensive than the Classic.Why is Les Paul Classic cheaper? ›
With 9-hole weight relief, the Les Paul Classic is a bit lighter than the Standard, which might also account for some of the price difference. The Classic, being cheaper, also throws in Grover brand tuners and the 61R and 61T Burstbuckers we mentioned earlier.What is studio guitar? ›
No binding, no figured tops, no fancy finshed(although the alpine white is very pretty). They do however have the same wood and pickups as a classic and custom.
What does a maple cap do to a guitar? ›
-Maple is a hard and dense wood, and a maple cap adds durability and wear resistance to the face of guitars made out of softer would like basswood and others. This is one of the main reasons guitars have maple tops.Does a maple top affect tone? ›
For guitars, it's usually used in necks and tops. In terms of tone, Maple enhances upper-mids and high frequencies particularly, however, it also produces a tight, well-defined low end. In electric guitar tops, Maple is known to generate a defined scoop in mid-range.How thick is a Les Paul maple cap? ›
As a result, it's not uncommon to see tops on old Les Pauls anywhere from 7/6ths to 9/16ths inches thick, with about a half inch as being normal.What does AAA flame top mean? ›
AA Flame Maple
They are the standard flamed maple top. They usually are the lesser flamed ones that are nicely matched or the very flamed ones that are not perfectly matched.
Flame maple is found only in a small percentage of maple trees and the really eye-popping examples come from less than one percent. Most people do not realize that the flame is not the actual grain pattern of the wood.What do maple guitars sound like? ›
Tone-wise: While Maple is still used on both acoustic and electric guitars, these days it is most often used for a neck or the top on an electric guitar. As a neck, maple produces brighter tones than mahogany with less warmth and sustain. Maple necks offer a strong plosive, fast attack, and very lively feel.Is maple a good tonewood? ›
In addition to its stunning visual appeal, maple is also a highly regarded tonewood. The tone and sound maple instruments produce are unique because the tonewood has amazing strength and is quite dense. The unique curls or strips in the bigleaf maple wood make it visually appealing and desired by instrument builders.What is an electric guitar drop top? ›
Drop Tops for Electric Guitar and Bass is the lightest and economical choice to complete an instrument and give it the beauty that Electric Guitars and Basses deserve. Because of its thickness (7 mm), the end result is ideal, with a much lower cost and lighter than the rest of Tops.What is the cap on an electric guitar? ›
Capacitors, or "caps," are simple electronic components that are typically used in guitar electronics as filters or barriers for certain frequencies. High frequencies will pass through a cap, while lower frequencies are blocked. The value of the capacitor will determine the frequencies that pass (refer to Diagram #7).How Much Does Jimmy Page's Les Paul weigh? ›
8 lbs 1 oz.
What is the Les Paul sound? ›
The Les Paul was resurrected in the late '60s because guitarists like Eric Clapton and Mike Bloomfield discovered that, plugged into a cranked tube amp, the instrument delivers a powerful, girthy sound that barks with the big dogs, cutting through a thick rock track like a hot knife through butter.How thick is a Les Paul Custom? ›
So, where does this thick, resonant tone come from? Three main factors come into play here: the wood, the construction and the pickups. Les Pauls are generally made from solid mahogany, and the body is thick, measuring roughly 46-47mm at the edge (slightly more at the centre of the carved top).