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Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell Signature 57 Goldtop Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell Signature 57 Goldtop Electric Guitar (107885758)
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More than a signature guitar with real innovations that improve performance.

An unusually diverse talent on the Nashville scene, Lee Roy Parnell has firmly established himself as a hit-making singer and songwriter, but he has arguably made an even greater impression on the guitar world courtesy of his blistering slide playing, soaring lead work, and rich, earthy tone. To celebrate Lee Roy’s achievements, Gibson’s Custom Shop introduces the Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop, a guitar that boasts the classic look of a vintage ’57 Goldtop, but benefits from ingenious updates to make it a true player’s guitar. Put simply, the Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop is one of the most innovative guitars to come from the Custom Shop design team. Built from the ground up in collaboration with Lee Roy Parnell, with a firm focus on performance, it is the result of a dedicated emphasis on creating exceptional tone in a guitar that also will prove the most comfortable, playable instrument you own. All materials are hand-selected by Lee Roy in a small batch process that requires every guitar to pass through his hands, and the feature set—from hardware to custom-wound PAF-style humbuckers—exhibits a carefully thought-out process that results in a great-sounding, great-feeling guitar.

The Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop starts with the classic Les Paul body woods of a two-piece carved maple top and one-piece, unchambered lightweight mahogany body back. While it follows the traditional lines of the ’57 Goldtop, however, it incorporates several design innovations to make it a more toneful and comfortably playable guitar. A Big Block™ cavity design achieves more mass in the pickup cavities for greater resonance and tonal depth, while extended pickup pole clearances also are accommodated for enhanced tonal adjustments. The body includes new Player’s Cut™ elements designed for enhanced access to upper fret positions: a 7-degree back-angled cutaway contour for exceptional reach, and a smoothed neck heel joint for improved playing comfort, making the Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop a breeze for both slide and lead work.

The neck is carved to a superbly comfortable rounded and subtly asymmetrical profile of Lee Roy’s own specification. The neck is finished in satin for a fast feel in the hand, and painted with a distinctive black “stinger” at the back of the headstock, with custom motif. The rosewood fingerboard retains tradition with 22 Vintage Reissue frets and classic acrylic trapezoid inlays, while the Gibson Custom's acclaimed VOS process gives the nickel hardware a gently aged patina. The Goldtop retains a luxurious gloss finish which is subtly darkened with the addition of Custom's Faded Tobacco per Lee Roy's specification. The guitar carries no pickguard, and the artist’s signature is engraved in the truss-rod cover.

The Ron Ellis custom-wound Humbuckers loaded into the guitar are Lee Roy’s own personal choice of PAF-style pickup, and are the result of an extensive metallurgical study of vintage Gibson PAFs from the ’50s. Their meticulous design and construction results in a throaty tone with plenty of vintage-PAF bite and clarity with added depth and punch. The guitar’s electronics benefit further from high-quality CTS pots and NOS 1960s ceramic capacitors. The entire package is locked down with the classic pairing of ABR-1 bridge and lightweight stopbar tailpiece, and a PLEK-cut nylon nut that retains vintage-voiced resonance and sustain. A set of vintage-style Gotoh™ tuners with green tulip keys completes the package. Includes case.

Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell Signature 57 Goldtop Electric Guitar Features:

  • One-piece Mahogany back and two-piece Maple top with 7 degree cutaway contour on top
    Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
    Player's cut heal contour for easy access to higher fret positions
    Custom wound Ron Ellis Humbuckers in the neck and bridge
    Big Block™ pickup cavity design® for extra resonance and tonal depth
    CTS potentiometers with 1960’s ceramic capacitors
    Vintage reissue tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
    Includes Custom Shop hardshell case


Gibson Custom Lee Roy Parnell Signature 57 Goldtop Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
    Top: Maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Binding: .90 Cream
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Neck
    Species: Mahogany with Maple Spline
    Profile: Rounded, Asymmetrical
    Contour: Player’s Cut™ 7 Degree Cutaway
    Truss Rod: Traditional
    Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Fingerboard
    Species: Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Binding: .04 Cream
    Inlays: Aged Acrylic Trapezoid
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots
    Nut
    Material: Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Headstock
    Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl Gibson Logo
    Logo: Les Paul Signature
    Truss Rod Cover: Black/White Antique Bell Shaped™ with Lee Roy Parnell Signature
    Back: Black Stinger with Scrollwork Showcasing the Serial Number
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Tuners
    Model: Gotoh Reissue Green Key
    Tuning Ratio: 12:01
    Plating: Nickel
    Bridge
    Type: ABR-1
    Plating: Nickel
    Tailpiece
    Type: Stop Bar
    Plating: Nickel
    Hardware
    Knobs: Gold Top Hat with Dial Pointers
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
    Control Plate Cover: Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Pickups
    Neck Position: Ron Ellis Custom Wound Humbuckers
    Bridge Position: Ron Ellis Custom Wound Humbuckers
    Electronics
    Potentiometers: 2 CTS Volume Controls
    2 CTS Tone Controls
    Capacitors: NOS 1960s Ceramic
    Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Axial Three-Way with Vintage Toggle Cap
    Output: Jack Traditional ¼"
    Finish
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Dark Antique Gold
    Case
    Custom Shop Hardshell


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