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Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar Ebony

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Les Paul wanted two colors used on the Gibson guitar that would forever bear his name: gold (for its connection to all things fine) and black (because a player's hands would be easily visible against ... Read More

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Les Paul wanted two colors used on the Gibson guitar that would forever bear his name: gold (for its connection to all things fine) and black (because a player's hands would be easily visible against a dark background). Les got the gold in 1952, but had to wait for the black. The Les Paul Custom was introduced in 1954 and featured elegant appointments like gold hardware, multiple binding, and an ebony fretboard. The '54 Custom was also the first solidbody Gibson guitar to use the ABR-1 bridge, the familiar piece of hardware we've all come to know as the Tune-O-Matic. Matched up with a vintage-style Bigsby vibrato, it's an unbeatable combination.

Underneath it's luxurious inky finish, this historic recreation of the original 1954 Custom features a carved mahogany top, a solid mahogany back, one-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon, an early '50s rounded neck profile, 24-3/4" scale length, and a 1-11/16" nut width. It also has multi-ply white/black binding on the body and headstock, with white single-ply binding on the fingerboard. Its finer appointments include gold hardware, an ebony fingerboard, large pearl block inlays, pearl headstock inlay, and kidney bean tuners. The original circuitry is preserved with the use of CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors in the signal path and the unique pickup array of a vintage P-90 pickup at the bridge and a rare Alnico V pickup at the neck.

The Alnico V pickup was designed in 1952 by Seth Lover and Walt Fuller for Gibson to succeed the P-90 pickup on several of Gibson's distinguished archtop jazz hollowbodies, most famously the L5 CES, ES-5, and Byrdland guitars. Similar to the P-90 in appearance, the Alnico V is easily recognized by its distinctive rectangular pole pieces. It gets its name from the stronger Alnico V magnets, while each coil has 10,000 turns of 42-gauge wire to achieve its clear, round, ringing sound. It made its debut on a solidbody Gibson in the Fretless Wonder of 1954; the Les Paul Custom, or Black Beauty.

Vintage Original Spec series instruments receive a special nitro-cellulose finish treatment yielding the patina of a gently-aged vintage guitar while handcrafting enhances comfort and playability. Each VOS model has a solid mahogany back; historically accurate long-neck tenon for strength and sustain; and period-correct neck profile, hardware, and electronics.

Features
  • Carved mahogany top
  • Solid mahogany back
  • Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back
  • Ebony finish
  • VOS aging treatment
  • Gold hardware
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Bigsby tremolo/vibrato tailpiece
  • 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
  • 22-fret ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Single-ply white fingerboard binding
  • Early '50s rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Holly headstock veneer
  • Kidney bean tuners
  • Alnico V neck pickup
  • P-90 bridge pickup
  • CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage Reissue .010 strings
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Gibson Custom1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar
 
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By rickey

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar:

This guitar is very reminiscent of the black beauty , which is always a plus for any jimmy page fan. however what puts this guitar out of this world are its tone, pickups, and playability. this guitar has a classic 50s LP sound with only one difference brought by the p90s, the difference is a chimyness that LPs are usually not known for getting. and even though it has a bigsby on it stays in tune surprisingly well.

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Fantastic sound + Great feel = Gibson Les Paul custom!

By Brandon S.

from Calabasas, California

Comments about Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar:

Not only is this a classic guitar, but it has that classic sound and vibe that you would expect from a Gibson! The fact that it also has a bigsby adds that great look to it, which really turns it into pure eye candy. Even though some may think this is a little pricey, it's worth it! If you're looking to upgrade to a better guitar, or just flat out make an awesome purchase, then this is the guitar for you.

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