Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar Antique Ivory

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The Les Paul Custom made it's debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul said he suggested black as the color for the guitar because it looked "classy" and went well wit... Read More

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Overview

The Les Paul Custom made it's debut in 1954 after the initial success of the Les Paul Goldtop. Les Paul said he suggested black as the color for the guitar because it looked "classy" and went well with a tuxedo on stage. From that point on, the Les Paul Custom has often been referred to as the "tuxedo" Les Paul. And with it's gold appointments, fully bound body, neck and headstock, and mother-of-pearl inlays the Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback is "dressed to kill."

Added Vintage-Vibe
Often, the original finish over Alpine White guitars aged over time and turned the true white color to an off-white, yellow. Epiphone reproduced this look on the Custom Blackback with it's subtle Antique Ivory color giving you the look of a vintage guitar, today. Also - during the 1970's some LP Customs were painting with contrasting black backs.

Classic humbuckers
Epiphone equips the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback with classic "open-top" humbuckers featuring authentic Alnico II magnets. Patterned after the original Gibson '57 Classics, these pickups combine Alnico-V magnets with enamel wire to give you a tone that is warm and subtle with full, even response that doesn't hold back when you need that classic humbucker crunch! The bridge pickup is slightly over-wound to give you a little more "crunch" when you need it while still maintaining great clarity and warmth. The combination is a unique, limited edition guitar that sounds great and is sure to attract the attention of both guitarists and collectors.

Tonewoods
At the heart of every Les Paul Custom is great tone woods. While all Les Pauls share common design features, the Les Paul Custom differed from the Les Paul Standard in that it's body was solid mahogany without a maple cap. Epiphone's LP Custom Blackback follows that tradition by using a solid, carved mahogany body giving it a slightly mellower tone. Like the originals, attached to the body is a solid mahogany neck with a hand-fitted, glued-in joint for optimum neck-to-body contact and acting almost like one continuous piece of wood. The neck features a very comfortable and fast SlimTaper neck profile that has become the most popular profile found on Les Pauls today. The result is a tribute to Les' timeless guitar design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul guitar.

Loaded with premium add-ons
Other premium features include Epiphone's LockTone Tune-O-Matic/stopbar combination for increased sustain and easy string changes, 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads, a 7-layer bound body, a 5-layer bound headstock and a comfortable single-layer bound rosewood fingerboard. And, as with every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world-famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • SlimTaper D-profile
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 12" radius
  • Grover tuners
  • Alnico Classic Open-Top neck humbucker
  • Alnico Classic Plus Open-Top bridge humbucker
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • LockTone tune-o-matic bridge/LockTone stopbar tailpiece
  • Epiphone-exclusive non-rotating, heavy-duty output jack
  • Black knobs with metal "witch hats" inserts
  • 7-layer front and back body binding
  • Gold hardware
  • 5-layer headstock binding
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar... once I got a good one

By David Harper

from Beckley WV

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I ordered 2 of these for my son and I and we are very pleased with the final outcome. They have a great classic rock tone to them and are not near as muddy sounding as some of my other Epiphone's. Reasons for only giving 4 stars: 1. No matter what is listed in the specifications, the fretboard is not rosewood anymore! I'm not exactly sure what it is... it has a smooth sort of plastic feel, there are rumors that with Gibson's wood issues that they are using Richlite on some of their guitars. So it could very well be that... whatever it is, IT IS NOT ROSEWOOD. This is not something I am happy about but it sounds fine, i just hope it lasts and doesn't discolor. There are also other concerns I have about future refretting, etc... 2. When I received my initial order both guitars were damaged. One had the toggle switch broken off. I'm not sure where the broken tip was as it wasn't in the case. This tells me that it was like when it was put into the case and shipped. The other guitar also had a problem with the toggle switch, it wasn't correctly switching between pickups. When the bridge pickup was selected there was still power to both volume knobs. Working the switch back and forth about 100 times corrected this and it started switching correctly. The guitar that had the toggle switch broken off was returned to Guitar Center for replacement (which they gladly exchanged) but when the replacement arrived it had horrible fret buzz at the first fret and open D string which required a truss rod adjustment to correct right out of the box. This was with the action set to Gibson specification which is way too high for many players. After making the adjustment, all buzz was eliminated and i was able to lower the action to my desired height. 3. There are minor finish imperfections in these guitars. After this process, i have now seen 3 of them and all of them have imperfections mostly dealing with the finish, bad masking during painting, what appeared to be glue that "oozed" when the glued the binding in, slight sagging in the clear coat on spots, etc. These are not huge imperfections but these types of mistakes are there.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT GUITAR

By JOHN BROUSSARD

from SUNSET,LOUISIANA

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

THE LES PAUL CUSTM BLACK BACK IS A BEAUTIFUL GUITAR.ARRIVED ON TIME AS PROMISED. NO PROBLEMS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. HAD TO HAVE THE ACTION LOWERED AS FACTORY SETTINGS DID NOT SUIT MY STYLE OF PLAYING. THIS GUITAR HAS A BRILLIANT SOUND AND ENOUGH BOTTOM END FOR THAT ADDED PUNCH. TRULY A JOY TO PLAY.I RUN IT THROUGH A FENDER PRINCETON AND SOMETIMES A LINE 6 AMP AND ITS SOUND IS GREAT THROUGH EITHER.SINCE I CAN'T AFFORD A GIBSON LES PAUL THIS IS THE CLOSEST THING TO THE GIBSON I'VE PLAYED. OVERALL A 9 OUT OF TEN.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Guitar!

By Old Rocker

from Michigan

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I am 48 years old and have been playing guitar since 1976. I have had this guitar for about a month now. I was a little disappointed opening the case the first time and seeing that the fretboard was rosewood and not ebony as it was stated in the original specs. But the guitar is absolutly beautiful to look at, the high gloss cream top set-off by the black back is striking. The mother-of-pearl block inlays are nicely figured. The split diamond and Epiphone logo on the headstock have the shimmering colors in them that you expect from some MOP when held in the light. The action was high, intonation needed work and two of the slots on the nut needed slight filing. The "D" string would barely move when turning the tuner and I had to pull pretty hard to get it out of the slot. The action and intonation are as good as any of the 3 Gibson LPs I have owned after setting this instrument up. The volume and tone pots feel quality as does the toggle switch and of course the Grover tuners are very good. The pup's have great sound, the have clarity and punch. I was able to play with a friend last weekend that owns the Gibson Les Paul Custom he bought new in 79 (lucky guy)and the pup's in this Epi held their own next to his T-tops. He said to me "you don't need to change the pup's in that unless you are looking for a differnt kind of sound".The guitar is heavy it is not weight relieved so it feels like my old 81 Gibson Custom and not quite as heavy as my friends 79. This is a great professional quality instrument that will last you years and sound great in the process.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet,ok!?

By brian

from Burlington, Ontario

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I guess they must send the pick of the crop of these issues to Canada,as mine arrived yesterday and it is beautiful, well built with a solid dark rosewood fretboard, binding is great and feels nicer than my beloved 68lpc...slim neck..ooh and the antique ivory looks like very old ivory! The earth doesnt need another black/sunburst les paul...yawn.Plays great and so can you! So glad i got off of the fence on this and disregarded the poo pooing of this guitar. I love it...and i will buy another when it gets stolen. For a few hundred bucks...just buy it, its sweet!

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(1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

indifferent

By Jay

from Prince William, VA

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I found the guitar came as described. I am not a real player, just starting outand would appreciate a comment on how it plays. Overall Satisfied

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(27 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

poor quality

By cureton

from belleville, mi

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I have being gassing for this guitar for a month. I ordered it from the local gc and was excited to see it was shipping the next day even though it was still showing pre-order status on website. But, when it came i was surprised at the poor quality. I have 5 epiphones and none where near this bad. The nut was off by an 1/8th inch toward the low strings, the banana pudding yellow front was not very attractive along with the paint passing over the binding. The fret board was not ebony and thanks to ups it came with a cracked neck and dent on the upper right bout. The gold hardware was nice and the case was awesome. But the finish (damage aside) was very disappointing. I think if Epiphone re-did the front with a trans cream color on the front and fix the quality issues, I would look at this guitar again.

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(49 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Epiphony

By Taken

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

I have 2 Gibson's and 2 Epi's. I've always been an Epiphone fan because of the great quality and value. I've been scoping this guitar on gibson.com for a month. I just received my Blackback today. After much anticipation...wow...what a letdown. Yes, it's going back...fast! Gibson's website shows (and states) this guitar has an EBONY fretboard which it does not. In fact I called Gibson's CS to verify all the specs. The fretboard is rosewood NOT ebony (and mine came scratched up). The action out of the box is terrible, almost unplayable. And. unlike the picture, the color is a dull yellow (with gold hardware?...really?). I don't GC for this 'false info', this is a Gibson/Epiphone issue. But hey - the case is very nice!

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(16 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NICE guitar!

By Lucas

from brazil

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Blackback Electric Guitar:

the most beautiful les paul I have ever seen!!!

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