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. Luxu... Read More
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.
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Great sustain, grand tonal range, powerful pick-ups, easy playability, a great instrument. I'm pleased.
Theres a reason you havent read a bad review. Great feel and great tone. You can read other reviews about the guitar I will just lay out the negatives. I ordered the antique natural and the binding on the board had a little glue on it I scratch off with my nail. The archtop had one very small little microscopic chip. I also lowered the action a little due to personal taste. Those were the only cons I could come up with...
I have purchased a Classic custom All Natural finish. I have to say that Guitar center is top notch customer service and selection. I received the guitar in three days and it was set up as well as it could be. plays and sounds amazing. The fret board is much darker in person that in the photo, it almost looks like ebony. I have tryed many different guitar stores and guitar center is by far the best. I dont regret buying this i wish I would have thought of it earlyer for the price and the quality its is unbeatable. If your in the fence jump in and enjoy , you wont regret it ever ... !
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.
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!
I purchased the custom classic after missing the custom I HAD to part with in the 80's...Still kicking myself...anyway, Has 95% of the perks of the pure custom (no joke) but half the price. Got the wine red like my original. Very beautiful indeed. Sounds and plays like the King of guitars, as it should. Has a bit of the mass production feel, but only if youve had A custom before. As far as sound quality, turn your head and it's almost impossible to tell it's a classic custom model. Dualing with my buddies custom, my classic gives it a run for it's money. It screams high, but I think it's just because it's new. It feels like it will get better with age. I hope the varnist wares off the neck like my old one did. My over all opinion is that this is a no brainer for a established player. It's by NO means a mid-end guitar like it's priced. I was weary about the new "baked maple" board, but it feels good. The pure custom...OVER PRICED. this is priced just right. You won't be dissapointed, my word :)
I was very apprehensive about the baked maple fretboard; however my fears were relieved the moment I played it! This instrument was a serious investment for me, so I took a lot of time and effort in researching various guitars and trying out as many as I could in my price range ($2000 or less). After spending two days and playing a wide range of instruments, I knew this was the one within 30 seconds of picking it up! The first thing I look for is it's feel and how it sounds acoustically and this bad boy was perfect for me from the word go! When I plugged it in... WOW! What a a beautiful tone! There is a difference between the baked maple and the rosewood fretboards, but all I had to do was roll the treble back a tiny bit and voila there it was! Moreover, the unexpected quality that I was very happy with was it's articulate quality. Each note seemed to be a little crisper, especially on the low end. Thanks to Greg at the Nashville Guitar Center for his help and patience!
Got the Gold Top a few weeks ago and Gibson did a pretty good job with this one. I purchased a few traditionals and standards before but didn't like the build quality. The traditional had finish problems and a warped neck and the standard just didn't play well. I returned both and went with a PRS 245. The Classic Custom however is a great player and beautiful to look at. The inlays are not MOP but acrylic which is fine with me since this is a factor in keeping the cost down. The baked maple is brighter than a traditional Rosewood fretboard but that entices the player to use the tone knob and create some really warm throaty sounds from the neck p-up and gives nice chime to the bridge. Not strat like but a nice clean bright tone. The mass of the body gives it wonderful sustain even when unplugged and with a compressor in the chain it will sing forever. The frets are larger than the PRS 245 but that doesn't take much getting used to since the action is just right. As for the pups, they're 57's - enough said. The cons of this guitar, in my opinion, are (1) the binding quality is lacking. I checked out two of these and the finish bled onto the binding before the final finish coat on both. (2) the inlays on mine are not centered on the fretboard. That's petty but it shows this is not a Custom Shop instrument. I recommend this guitar for anyone who wants a great Les Paul that has all the tone and playability and looks of a custom with the price of a traditional.
stopped in at g center and played a gold version of one of these. did not plug it in, but this baby felt incredible. inspected it and was very well made. excellent neck, great weight. blows the studio version away with all of the appointments. the baked maple neck. im sure this makes the purists angry...so keep in mind that it doesnt have a dark colored neck.
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.