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      Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar (H78028)

Destined to be a collectible.

The feel and tone of Les Paul Classic Custom is enhanced by the baked maple fingerboard, which adds the snappy response of ebony, but retains a warm, traditional medium-brown look like pau ferro. Luxurious and toneful, the nitro lacquer finish makes all the difference in the world, especially as the guitar ages. All for tons of pure Gibson tone.

The Les Paul Classic Custom starts with the legendary tonewood pairing of a solid carved maple top glued to a mahogany body, strategically chambered to enhance resonance and reduce weight. Maple's clarity and definition teams with mahogany's richness and depth to produce a tonal complexity that no single-wood guitar has ever matched. Its resonance and sustain are only further enhanced by the deep-set quarter-sawn mahogany neck with 17-degree back-angled headstock. Optimum playability is ensured by a slim, comfortable neck profile. The guitar's 22-fret fingerboard is made from Baked Maple, a heat-treated hardwood that offers a clear tone and extreme durability, and inlaid with acrylic block markers, enhanced by a mother of pearl Gibson headstock logo and acrylic split-diamond inlay.

The Les Paul Classic Custom is fitted with a pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups made with genuine Alnico II magnets and and wound with enamel-coated 42-AWG wire just like the hallowed PAF pickups of the late 1950s and early '60s. The '57 Classics yield creamy warm tones in the neck position and plenty of growl and snarl in the bridge, with funky, round tones in between. The Tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece ensures solid sustain and accurate intonation, while a set of premium Grover kidney-button tuners keep your tuning rock solid.

Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar Features:

  • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
    Body: Genuine Mahogany
    Top: Carved Maple/ Multi-Ply binding
    Neck: Mahogany, White Acrylic Split
    Diamond headstock inlay
    Fingerboard: Baked Maple (Bound)/
    Acrylic White Block inlay
    Hardware: Chrome Tune-o-matic ®,
    Grover Kidney Tuners
    Electronics: Gibson ‘57 Classic humbuckers
    Controls: 2 Vol/2 Tone, black speed knobs
    Case: Gibson Deluxe Hardshell Case

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  • Love this guitar

    As reviewed by Adam Carignan on 11/28/2011

    This guitar has the look of a Gibson LP Custom with 7 ply front body binding along with a bound neck and 5 ply bound headstock; mother of pearl inlays up to the first fret; with split diamond and Gibson mother of pearl headstock inlays. It isn't back bound, however. This guitar sounds and plays fanatstically, the baked fretboard feels very nice, and the pickups have a wide range of tonal possibilities and you can tell it will get even better with age. The construction is very solid and high in quality. It's a great option if you're looking for all the tone and feel of a Gibson LP Custom but would rather spend half the price.

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  • The poor man's Custom

    As reviewed by JIM RAZNOFF on 4/4/2012

    Mine is a 2012 in Antique Natural. A lot of folks are saying the fretboard is much darker than in the pictures here. That's true, to an extent, but the fretboard on my guitar, to my eyes, is only a few shades lighter than my rosewood 'boards. Plus, the additional curliness of the grain of the maple wood makes for a beautiful pattern that, in my opinion, lends to the overall classiness of the guitar. It's important to remember the uniqueness of unfinished woods and that no two fretboards will be exactly alike. Your mileage may vary. Speaking of class, this guitar oozes it. This really is a poor man's Custom. It's got all the custom hallmarks - classy white binding, split diamond headstock inlay (in mother-of-pearl), block fretboard inlays starting on the 1st fret (made of acrylic instead of mother-of-pearl). Unlike a true Custom, there's no binding on the back side of the guitar, but looking at it from the front, you'd never be able to tell. This guitar has tone for days. Whereas the Burstbucker pickups in my other LP snarl, growl, and scream, the '57 Classic pickups in the Classic Custom will hum, sing, and moan. It's a sweeter, less edgy, more dynamic sound. But make no mistake, this is still a Les Paul, and it will rock the hell out when you want it to. The $1899 price tag on this guitar floored me, I had to have it. It plays and looks as nice as any Custom I've played, for way less money. A small tweak to the action was all that was needed to make this guitar perfect right out of the box. Fit and finish were perfectly flawless. If you're used to playing Studios and are making your first leap into the higher-end Gibsons, be prepared for a little more weight than you're used to. The body of the Classic Custom is weight-relieved, but it's still heavy. That's ok - the tone, feel, and classy looks are worth it. In short, if you've got the cash, buy one! This may not be a $5000 Custom, but it still plays just as smooth and sounds just as great. It's an heirloom quality instrument that I plan on keeping forever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great guitar!

    As reviewed by Dorothy Snyder on 3/9/2012

    Had this for a week. Not to worry about the "baked" fingerboard. After it breaks in, and it's not finished, so it gets darker with use. It's almost as dark as my old one. It has a slightly higher tone at first, but that changes too...it's a beautiful guitar!

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