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Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom VOS Electric Guitar

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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 (becaus...Click To Read More About This Product

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A first generation Black Beauty; aged like a fine wine.

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.

Underneath it's luxurious inky finish, this historic re-creation 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.

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
Lightweight aluminum stopbar 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
Mother-of-pearl split diamond headstock inlay
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
Includes Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity

It's like you walked into your local guitar shop and found an original 1954 Custom just waiting for you. It's a landmark guitar and it can be yours; order today!


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The epitomy of Les Pauls

By Tim Ferguson

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

Let me start off by saying that I am a Strat guy. Gibson's muddy humbuckers and clunky, awkward necks were always a big turnoff. I guess I was drawn to this guitar by the single coil pickups, namely the unique alnico V pickup in the neck. I play this guitar through a 30 watt Matchless combo. The first thing I noticed is that the neck pickup sounds very round and mellow, almost like a bell. Even though it is mellow, it is very clear, you can really hear every note in chords. In the middle position the guitar has that tele-like sound I like to call the "duck" sound, except it's way fatter because these pickups are higher output than Tele pickups. When only the bridge pickup is on, it is kind of thin and twangy compared to the other 2 settings but it sounds great with some good ol' fashioned tube overdrive. The low frets on this "fretless wonder" make this guitar very easy to play. Bends and vibrato are still very easy. The guitar is crafted beautifully, no flaws anywhere. It stays in tune very well and is very easy to set up, not that it needed much setup from the factory. Overall, this guitar has no flaws whatsoever. This thing can do everything from jazz to classic rock to country to blues and everything in between. It can't handle metal very well, but that's what Ibanez is for.

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