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Gibson Custom 1968 Les Paul Custom Flame Top Electric Guitar   

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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Brilliant figuring 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 Les Paul Custom version adds a carved, flame maple top. The guitar's '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.

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  • 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

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That Great Sustain

By Custela


When I first saw this Les Paul I feel that it was gonna be different. I had just sold my Gibson LP Traditional to get this one and Holy God !! What a difference. It feels like you were always playing a korean guitar comparing both of them. The Traditional it is good at all but the 68 Custom is soo far better.
The classic knobs are so sexy and give it that aged feelings to your guitar.
Mine it's Flamed Washed Cherry and doesn't has pickguard.
The playability it's fantastic and i haven't played any other guitar like these.
The pickups are great but maybe if they put one hotter in the bridge position could be more exciting. I needed to put higher because the neck position sounded louder.
I play most of the time classic rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd, allman brother's band, Jimi, but it sounded great for all music style, unless you like trash or black metal stuffs, then you need to change their pickup's.
In final words, it's a flawless instrument, great for collectors and very useful for professional players.
If you have the money, just buy it. If you don't try to save some and then go after one.



By PerimeterJones

from Portland, OR

Very nice Les Paul although, like most other LPs, the G string wanders. Fit and finish is superb, and electronics are nice for what I play. The wood is top grade resulting in a gorgeous guitar. I played it through my 68 Twin Reverb and it sounded really good. Then I purchased a Mesa Boogie and this guitar showed it's true capabilities. This combination is truly hard to beat. The tonal spectrum is amazing and when the amp is switched to class A amp stages, the warmth and crunch are really sweet at low volumes. I would highly recommend this guitar and didn't mind laying out that much cash for an American made piece of art.


Best guitar I've ever played

By 68'CustomReissue

from Portland, Oregon

When I asked my wife to drop my off at the local guitar shop, I didn't plan on buying a guitar. I walked in and asked if they had any Les Paul Customs. The guy pointed to one and I asked if I could play it. Then, another guy from the staff shouted that it was already sold and I couldn't, but the one next to it was also a custom. It was a Gibson Les Paul Custom 68' reissue in antique natural finish with gold hardware and ebony fretboard. I got it from the staff and was pleasantly suprised by how heavy it was. I'm a big believer in tone coming from the wood of the guitar, and I dislike how Gibson has "weight relieved" bodies and "chambers" now in most of their models. The Custom, I was told, did not have either of those, a big plus. I sat down in front of a Peavey 6505 + and spent no time in finding a great tone. This guitar screamed! It played so effortlessly, and the thinner 60's neck was a big plus. I kept playing and playing and fell more in love. Then, I decided just to be sure that it really was as good as it was, I played a Les Paul Traditional (the guitar I had been eyeing until now). There was no comparison. The Traditional sounded flat and dead next to this thing. Then I tried a Les Paul Standard, which I already knew I liked less than the Traditional, and the difference was even bigger. I played Epiphone Customs, and unfortunately for my wallet, I was able to tell quite the difference. Don't get me wrong, an Epiphone Custom is great if that's what you are in the market for, but do yourself a favor and don't play a Custom Shop guitar first, the craftsmanship in these is phenominal. I went home that day and agonized for 24 hours before I decided I had to have this guitar. I made it to the shop 5 minutes before closing and I bought it, and haven't looked back since. Quite simply, this is the best guitar I've ever played.The only reason I gave features a 4.5 was because technically there are features that a guitar can have that this one doesn't (floyd rose, etc.), but none of those features are ones that I want. Value was a 4, because as great as this guitar is, it still costs a lot of money. But now I have a guitar that I know will last for my grandchildren to play. I'm never selling this guitar. p.s. - I named it Jules after my wife, who took me to the shop that day.


Gibson Les Paul Custom 1968 Figured Top

By Tony K.

from Massachusetts

A wonderful Les Paul. I bought this 1968 Reissue Les Paul Custom Figured Top with an Antique Natural Finish from a local shop in 2003. The price has gone up since then. The 2003 had a few problems, but Gibson replaced it under warranty by early 2004. The 2004 replacement is absolutely perfect. It is a bit brighter than some Les Pauls with that full LP voice. The pick-ups (Gibson Classic 1957, I think) seem a touch hotter than some of the Les Pauls I've played. The neck is a bit thicker than the 1960's type LPs. It plays wonderfully. Action is smooth. Always in tune. It has a stunningly beautiful figured top. A work of true luthier art.


Worth the price

By Gibsonchick-mxr-K

from Ledyard, CT.

I have had this guitar since 2003. It's one of my favorites. Love the sound and the playability.I'm glad I bought it.


Superb playability.....

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I wanted to try out some LP Custom's and this one took the gold. The flamed maple top is gorgeous on the trifade burst! The mahogany body and neck provide ample tone while the ebony fingerboard not only looks great but makes playing comftorable and easy. The inlay looks great and so does everything else on this guitar from the hardware to the finish. This, like any other good Les Paul, is quite on the expensive side but would I get one, probably. Just out of personal preference I would get active pickups and maybe locking machine heads but this guitar is great. It's totally worth a try. I also played a regular Les Paul Custom and it didn't play as well as this one, go pick one up and rock out, or stick with mellow stuff, no matter what you play, it's a great guitar!


A Very Good Purchase

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am not a professional musician. But I wanted a "real" guitar all my life and finally decided that only a Gibson Custom would do. I made the purchase a few weeks ago and could not be happier. You can tell by viewing the vintage sites that Gibby Customs command a lot of respect. It took me a week to get acustomed the the thick c-shaped neck and the overall weight of the instument. It is also sensitive to household electics (ie dimmer switch hum). But nothing compares to the special feeling of playing "the real thing". Mine is a 1968 Custom Re-Issue Antique Natural and I love it.


The Best Les Paul I've Ever Played (I've owned 12)


from Los Angeles

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This is hands down the very best Les Paul I have ever played. Everything from the playability to the tone to the intonation is far superior to any other model I've had. I know what I'm talking about, I have owned 12 Gibson LPs, everything from studios, standards, customs, elegants, supremes, etc. No other Gibson compares to this that I've ever played. Too bad it is so expensive, but it is a gnarly guitar so if you're willing to spend the cash then you'll be glad you got this one.


Couldn't be happier

By TheUndertow

from NH

I have been guitar obsessed for most of my life and while I have played off and on, I never had an electric guitar that CALLS OUT to be played.I was considering the Dark Fire originally but when I played this guitar after the Dark Fire, I suddently realized that while features and tech are nice, the sound coming from the guitar is paramount.This guitar is so clean and the sound is so "full" that I couldn't see myself going back to anything else. It doesn't hurt that it is beautiful looking on top of sounding and playing as good as it looks.

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