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Gibson Custom 1955 Les Paul Historic Electric Guitar

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The hot-mod angle on the Gibson Custom Hot-Mod 1955 Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar is based on the idea of a 1955 Les Paul Goldtop that was later m...Click To Read More About This Product

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Retrofitted with humbuckers plus introducing the new, comfortable Soft Shoulder '55 neck profile. Includes free Gibson Custom denim jacket while supplies last.

The hot-mod angle on the Gibson Custom Hot-Mod 1955 Les Paul Goldtop electric guitar is based on the idea of a 1955 Les Paul Goldtop that was later modified with humbucker pickups (introduced by Gibson in 1957). The classic combination of maple-topped mahogany body with ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and humbuckers delivers a glorious monster tone that introduces a comfortable and resonant neck profile.

Soft Shoulder '55 Neck Profile

The Soft Shoulder '55 neck profile makes the Gibson Custom Hot-Mod Les Paul sit in your hand like no other guitar neck. Gibson's guitar team chose a '55 Les Paul that had a neck with a "magical feel" to serve as a model for the Soft Shoulder '55 neck. The depth is the same from the top of the fretboard to the back of the neck as the rounded '50s neck, yet has gently sloping sides that sit comfortably in your hand.

ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic Bridge/ Stopbar Tailpiece
The ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge was the brainchild of famed Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. The ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic is slotted directly into the body of the guitar using a separate stud and thumbwheel, providing a firm seating for the strings and allowing players the ability to adjust and fine tune intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. And especially with TonePros long steel anchors and long locking studs, it yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent vintage tone and sustain.

BurstBucker humbuckers
The BurstBucker 1 neck humbucker replicates the sounds from Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups, are slightly underwound, with medium "vintage" output. The BurstBucker 2 is a humbucking pickup wound in the range of Gibson's '57 Classic for replica sound. Unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, just like the original. Slightly hotter than the BurstBucker 1, the 2 works well in the bridge position with a BurstBucker 1 pickup in the neck position.

Year of 1955 Innovation
1955 was a year of great innovation in all areas of American life. 1955 saw the dawn of the United States space program. The first of the classic V8
Chevrolets hit dealerships all over the country, reflecting the spirit of change that was in the air. And don't forget there was Rock and Roll! Jukeboxes were blasting music by Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, a kid named Elvis, and his guitar player Scotty Moore.

Something was afoot. The archetypical tones of this music had already been forged in the Legendary Gibson Guitar Factory. There, in 1955, the future sonic masterpiece known as the humbucking pickup was being prototyped. All the ingredients necessary to create the soundtrack of the next quarter century and beyond existed within that building.

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Antique gold nitrocellulose finish
  • 24-3/4"-scale
  • Set-in neck joint
  • Mahogany neck
  • Soft Shoulder '55 neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • 1-11/16 nut width
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece with TonePros long steel anchors and long-locking studs bridge/tailpiece
  • Burstbucker 1 neck humbucker
  • Burstbucker 2 bridge humbucker
  • Volume/Volume/Tone/Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup selector
  • Kluson tuners
  • Nickel hardware

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By Christopher McKeever

from Melbourne Florida

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Comments about Gibson Custom 1955 Les Paul Historic Electric Guitar:

The tone of this guitar and the neck action is super. All three tone ranges, high, low and mid just come through. They have the Les Paul growl and yet you came make then a soft tone and not get lost with other instruments. I had seven other guitars played and the tone of this guitar keep come through every time against all seven of the others. You can hear the individual notes in the cord when they mix.
The neck is great on this guitar. It is extremely fast and the shape just fits your hand. It doesn't overtax it and the open cords are easier to hit even with sausage fingers. When holding the guitar the fit is comfortable and it balanced and not top heavy or bottom heavy. The two volume and two tone controls are right where they should be for fast changes. Bending notes, hammer ons and pull-offs are really easy with this guitar. The pick ups are just awesome.
This guitar is extremely well put together. Then finish is flawless, bright, smooth, and matches. This is a guitar you can take anywhere and be proud of, and be able to play an know the quality of tone can not be match.
Make no dough it is pricey guitar, but it is quality. However, it is a guitar that once you get it you will take it to the grave. It is worth every penny you will pay for it and much more. This is my forever guitar.

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