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Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar

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From his prolific solo work, to his prominent membership in the supergroup Praxis and rock legends Guns N' Roses, Buckethead embodies one of the most fiery, creative personas of our times, and has con... Click To Read More About This Product

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From his prolific solo work, to his prominent membership in the supergroup Praxis and rock legends Guns N' Roses, Buckethead embodies one of the most fiery, creative personas of our times, and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary shredders. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, Buckethead's stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field, and his Gibson guitars”a white Les Paul in particular”have always been a big part of that.

The Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul celebrates this unparalleled artist's achievements. With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fingerboard, and Buckethead's choice of Gibson's contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups”complete with modified electronics and "arcade" style kill switches”this is a Les Paul guitar like no other. It's primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer.

Each Buckethead Signature Les Paul is crafted from a 2-piece maple top attached with ultra-strong Franklin Titebond 50 glue to a chambered mahogany body. This wood combination, one of the most acclaimed pairings in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor. With the great clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, elements found in the classic Les Paul Standard tone. The chambering adds a further dimension, increasing the complexity of this guitar's tone, while also increasing its acoustic volume and sustain.

Reflecting Buckethead's continued departure from the norm, the Buckethead Signature Les Paul looks outwardly much like a slightly modified white Les Paul Standard, but had been made with an oversized, chambered body. The chambered mahogany back serves to minimize weight, while also adding tonal nuances to the guitar's overall sound.

The Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul is finished in high-gloss Alpine White which is complemented with a stunning black and white 5-ply binding. These give this unique electric guitar a sleek, contemporary appearance and a smooth, fast playing feel.

The neck of the Gibson Buckethead signature guitar is constructed from a single piece of solid mahogany, and glued to the body at a 4-degree angle (pitch). Mahogany is a traditional neck wood that is prized for its combination of lightness and strength.

Buckethead's Signature Les Paul neck is carved to its own custom profile that runs from .870" at the nut to .955" at the 12th fret, and is designed for the ultimate combination of speed and comfort. The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features a 27" scale length which increases neck tension for improved accuracy and precision and allows for the lower tunings used in modern rock music.

The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is equipped with a Grade-A ebony fingerboard, which enhances note attack and articulation. The 12" radius of the Les Paul fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. The Gibson Les Paul sports 24 jumbo frets that are immaculately dressed and polished. It carries no inlays, echoing the stark, contemporary look that this artist is known for.

The Buckethead guitar carries a calibrated pair of Gibson's contemporary-voiced Ceramic series humbucking pickups, featuring a 496R Hot Ceramic in the neck (rhythm) position, and a hot 500T Super Ceramic in the bridge (lead) position. Both are specially made with double-white bobbins to match the look of the guitar, and the bridge pickup is split via a push/pull switch on the Tone knob to achieve a single-coil tone. Ceramic magnets provide a clear, bold performance with plenty of output, without the need for packing on more coil windings than the pickup design can handle.

The 496R Hot Ceramic in the neck position offers unparalleled creamy sustain that nevertheless retains excellent cutting power. Its partner, the 500T Super Ceramic, is one of Gibson's 2 hottest pickups, intended for ultimate wailing lead tones, sustain, and searing cutting power in the bridge position. Between them, they present excellent sonic versatility and impressive contemporary tones. This pair is also well-matched for balanced output levels in all switch positions.

The Gibson Buckethead Signature guitar comes equipped with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece made from lightweight chrome-plated Zamak and respectively weigh approximately .118 lb. and .168 lb. The Tune-O-Matic adjustable bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain.

Other Features on the Buckethead Signature Guitar
This Gibson Les Paul carries 2 red "arcade" style push-button kill switches to mute the output of the guitar, as well as a push/pull switch on the Tone potentiometer to access the bridge pickup's split-coil feature. The headstock of the Buckethead Les Paul is equipped with chrome-plated locking Grover keystone tuners with an advanced 18:1 gear ratio for increased efficiency. The Buckethead Signature comes protected in one of Gibson's durable black, hardshell cases with Gibson logo silk-screened across the front in white lettering.


  • Style: Oversized Les Paul with chambered body
  • Top: Maple
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Finish: Alpine white
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Nut width: Enhanced 1.715"
  • Headstock inlay: Gibson logo
  • Truss rod: Gibson adjustable truss rod
  • Truss rod cover: Bell-shaped
  • Wood: Ebony
  • Inlays: none
  • Frets: 24 jumbo
  • Scale length: 27"
  • Neck pickup: 496R Hot Ceramic humbucker (white)
  • Bridge pickup: 500T Super Ceramic humbucker (white)
  • Pickup covers: none
  • Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone with built-in push/pull for coil-splitting, 3-way toggle,
  • Special features: Two red "arcade" style pushbutton kill switches to mute the output of the guitar
  • Plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson stopbar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Locking Grover keystone tuners with an advanced 18:1 gear ratio
  • Case: Durable black hardshell Gibson logo silkscreened across the front in white lettering.
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(46 of 77 customers found this review helpful)


The best guitarist to walk the planet

By MetalMonsterGuitar

from Wheaton, Illinois

Buckethead, easily the best guitarist of all time. Having the abillity to buy and play his guitar, is amazing. It's a perfect replica of an amazing instrument. No other guitars out there have built in arcade button killswitches. Its crazy amazing. Anyone who has the money for it, should buy it. One of the most unique guitar ever created.

(33 of 36 customers found this review helpful)


Own it and Played it

By Kevin

from white plains

The first thing that you'll notice about this guitar is the size. This is not a guitar for the faint of heart of small handed, the neck, fretboard, and headstock are all very large. Remember Buckethead is six foot eight inches this reflects his large proportions. In terms of playability the thing is a work of volumes, tones, and attack. My chops have never exploded so much off of one fretboard, the ebony is a noticeable and amazing touch, the tone is powerful as though fire and hurricane combined. The guitar is also versatile, playing jazz to metal, but surprisingly sonic blues notes and penetrating funk tones...this guitar is built of quality and the large chambered body reflects that... When I opened the case it actually glowed, the color is stunning...get one of these if you got the love...

(31 of 54 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Guitar, but not full Buckethead

By BloodyKnuckles

from Frisco, Texas

This is a truly beautiful guitar, with many great features. It has the killswitches correcly placed, and looks great! The only downside is that it has the wrong pickups in it, to get the true sound of Buckethead, you need DiMarzio Air Nortons, and/or DiMarzio DP193 X2N pickups. Otherwise, the sound will suffer a bit. Other than that, there really isnt any flaws, a great work of art by Gibson!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)





It took FOREVER to get to me, but I am THRILLED with this guitar! Yes, it IS a Monster, but so is its tone! Sustain for days with this fretboard is what you will experience. The killswitches are definitely in the correct positions. The locking tuners are a nice touch and the rest of the chrome hardware sparkles. Now, ANYONE who says these aren't the "right pickups" are not only WRONG, they are living in the past. For those who must know THESE are the same pickups Buckethead used in 2009, and who knows what's ahead. I play this thing through a Marshall, and NOTHING sounds better! This is the ultimate! P.S. It has 24 frets, not 22.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


great tone

By robert losure

from washington dc

i played this at the guitar center the other day, the first thing i noticed was how big it was (Buckethead is over 6 foot five). I have medium sized hands and i was having a bit more trouble shredding on this than i would on an ibanez or jackson, but it still shreds better than a fender or any other gibson. The killswitch and the coil split are nice touches, this really is an all in one guitar. I was very impressed with the price, Most guitars with the killswitch or coil split are over $4000. In addition to being a buckethead fan, i like vintage gear and this guitar really has a classic gibson sound and can play eric clapton, jimmy page songs. Overall i would recommend this guitar to any one who has medium to big size hands, shredders and people that like a good gibson

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