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    Brilliant figuring and unique finishes on a killer classic.

    With its distinctive style and long list of appointments, the 1968 Les Paul Custom has long been a favorite of players and collectors. Featuring the trademark split diamond headstock inlay and lavishly bound body, this Custom Collection version adds a carved, 5A quilted maple top. Each piece of figured maple used for the tops on these guitars was hand picked by our guitar buyer in the Gibson Custom Shop. Each piece features has a unique and especially vibrant character that really makes each of these guitars pop. These very special tops are showcased by gorgeous transparent finishes, including Firemist, which is available only through us. The '57 Classic humbuckers provide the smoothest, richest tone of any of the Gibson pickups while gold hardware adds a sumptuous glow under the stage lights.

    Gibson's Custom Shop produces some of the finest electric guitars on earth. Using the best materials money can buy, a staff of skilled luthiers reproduce some of the greatest Gibsons of the past and create stunning new instruments for players and collectors who demand the best.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Highly figured maple top
    • Solid mahogany back
    • Multi-ply white/black binding on top & back
    • Gold hardware
    • ABR-1 bridge, stopbar tailpiece
    • 1-piece mahogany neck w/long neck tenon
    • 22-fret bound ebony fingerboard
    • Pearl block inlays
    • Rounded neck profile
    • 24-3/4" scale length, 1 11/16" nut width
    • Kidney bean tuners
    • '57 Classic humbucking pickups
    • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
    • Includes Custom Shop case and certificate of authenticity

    They don't come hotter than this. Take the plunge today!

     
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    5.0

    A Great Guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    This is a special guitar and really great to play and look at. Try before you buy.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    68 5A Quilt Les Paul

    By KMW

    from Calgary Alberta Canada

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    Whooooaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! What an axe. Sound, art and beauty, all at once???? You bet!!! I cannot express what an honour it is to own this gorgeous work of art and sound. I am verrrrry fortunate to be able to own one. This is not an axe you can just go to any music store and test drive, but, if you like the Les Paul sound, you can afford this luxury, and will be dedicated to play her, you have got to treat yourself to the sweet sounds of one of these. I cannot explain the experience. You either want one and will get one, or, you won't. Botttom line. But make no mistake, if you don't get one, you will never know how it feels or sounds to have tones of Royalty!!!!!!!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Guitar Rocks!

    By ObiDon

    from Texas

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    I have owned this guitar for a little over two months now. It is an absolutely amazing instrument to play and also just to look at when you're not playing. The 5A quilted maple is beautiful and the red to orange fade/burst of the firemist is incredible. It also seems to be somewhat unique as I have not seen too many of these around. Mine was a custom order and took a couple of months to arrive. I am playing my guitar through a Fender amp along with the Line 6 Spider Valve mkII amp. I have yet to find a tone that I can't create. The neck is extremely fast, and the sustain is incredible. The Gibson Custom Shop did a great job with this instrument. I also cannot say enough good things about the staff at Musician's Friend who worked with me on this purchase. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a unique Les Paul Custom!

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    5.0

    Gibson-nothing compares

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    My wife left the house and I said "Don't buy me a guitar." Well, she got me this one. A Les Paul Custom Triburst. This sounds amazing, plays amazing and looks amazing. If you think it's not worth the money, think again. This is one of the prettiest, finest instruments Gibson makes. I finally "get" why it's worth it to pay thousands of dollars for a Gibson rather than pay 500 bucks for an Epiphone. I love my Epi Les Paul, but it doesn't compare to my custom. Buy it! By the way, my wife is the coolest for buying me this guitar.

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    5.0

    Proud LP Owner

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    The 1968 Les Paul Custom is one of the finest guitars I have ever played. The workmanship is second to none and the sounds are classic Les Paul. I already have a Custom Shop Strat, and a LP Studio and a Tele American Std at home, but this guitar is just a step above those instruments. This guitar is as much at home thru a Marshall as it is a thru a Fender Twin or Vox. Very versatile guitar with a little more flash, but pricey. This is not a chambered guitar, thus the tone and sustain are incredible. I looked at the 58 and 59 VOS models, but this guitar has more pop due to the ebony fret board and large head stock. It is stunning to look at compared to the VOS modles which are designed to look old.

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    5.0

    A rare guitar in the UK

    By Kev-a.Ikv

    from Berkshire UK

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    Gibson Custom Shop 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric GuitarIf you want a Gibson LP for leaping around stage, a good workhorse for playing live, this is probably not the guitar for you? get a standard!This,? is something SPECIAL!!Here in the UK we normally don?t get to see Gibson?s of this quality. You guys in the US are so lucky to see the rare ones. All we usually get are the normal catalogue items. There?s no need to go into detail on how a well set up LP plays, you just know when they feel right, and this one does. The ?57 classic?s have a smooth rich tone, maybe not as much output as my standard with Burstbucker pro?s, or a set of 490?s etc, but when cranked up produce a real creamy sounding overdrive. I normally use a PodXT into the PC at home, with various Marshall models, but would imagine that cranking up the volume into a real stack would produce the same rich overdrive. What makes these LP?s special is the finish. The photos don?t do them justice. If you?re into ?burst? color schemes, the black through red to yellow of the tri-burst is stunning, with the quilt top shimmering through in the light. This, with the custom spec, makes it a beautiful guitar to look at as well as play. Expensive? yes,... but if you want something special, gotta be worth a serious look!A friend of mine recently bought a Fire Mist and this too looks incredible. I?m beginning to wonder if they are the only two here in the UK?

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    5.0

    Favorite Les Paul

    By ismokedyouruncle

    from Michigan

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar for Christmas. It's the fastest and smoothest neck I've ever played in my life, the pickups are clear and well defined, and you can tell the difference between when the treble pickup is on and when the rhythm pickup is on. The strings don't hurt at all, and it's the lightest Les Paul I've ever played. You can't go any higher than this guitar, NO MATTER WHAT ANYBODY SAYS. Get it, if you dare.

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    5.0

    The Best Guitar i have ever played

    By Guitar13

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom 5A Quilt Top Electric Guitar:

    I played this guitar yesterday at a while A/B-ing it with a les paul studio. Neck : next to the neck on the ibanez jem this is the most comfy neck i've ever played on. The ebony fingerboard is a nice touch. Overall the neck is very nicely finished and plays smooth. The studio's neck was like a baseball bat.Weight: after playing a les paul goldtop, this felt like a strat :) .It has a chambered body and that makes it lighter and more resonant in certain frequencies( especially in the mids).Pickups : The neck pu is very defined and has a smooth, rich sound, as opposed to the 490R neck on the studio, which was pure mud. The bridge pickup has tons of character. the sound is very mid-based and cuts through any mix. It almost has a vocal quality to it.The finish: I have never seen such a nice finish on a guitar. It doesn't have any flaws, but at this price that comes to be expected.Overall it is a superb guitar, with a personality of it's own, and to me that's the most important thing in a guitar. There's a saying : You spend a buck but you sit in the front row.

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