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Gibson Custom 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty 3 Pickup   

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When Gibson Custom introduced its very limited-edition 20th Anniversary Series for 2013, the company kicked off the celebrations for the anniversary ...Read More

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Custom-wound Custom Buckers, ebony fingerboard and gold hardware make this a player's dream.

When Gibson Custom introduced its very limited-edition 20th Anniversary Series for 2013, the company kicked off the celebrations for the anniversary of its Historic Reissue guitars with the appropriately special 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty. Now the next beauty is here: a rendition of the rare, and highly prized, first Custom with PAF humbuckers”the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3-Pickup.

In addition to being both a stunning recreation of the ™57 Les Paul Custom and a collectable anniversary model, this 1957 Black Beauty marks two very significant milestones. First, it is a major addendum to the inaugural guitar in a series that will be offered only in 2013. Limited to 100 pieces of each model, each in the series is unique, exquisite, and scarce. Second, this guitar is the first run of instruments to be made with one-piece ebony fingerboards since November of 2011, and is likely to be one of the very last.

With its antique ebony finish, gold-plated hardware, and classic Black Beauty appointments”including multi-ply body and headstock binding, pearl block fingerboard inlays and split-diamond headstock inlay”the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3-Pickup is a gorgeous musical instrument by any standards. Add to that its 20th Anniversary medallion, which covers the toggle switch access on the guitar' back; a custom fitted dust cover with a retro 1993 Gibson Custom logo; and a one-of-a-kind, hand-made framed Certificate of Authenticity, and you have a unique and memorable instrument worthy of this milestone in Gibson history. Also, to help ensure that the exclusive 100 owners of this extraordinary guitar can keep it in œlike new condition for years to come, we even include a pair of white gloves.

But don™t be afraid to rock out, either. The 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty is primed for tone just as much as it is for looks, with a trio of Alnico III-loaded Custom Buckers, a solid, one-piece mahogany body, a quarter-sawn mahogany neck with rounded ™50s profile, and Gibson' acclaimed hardware set, including period-correct œwaffle back tuners. Furthermore, this limited edition Black Beauty benefits from Gibson Custom' 20th Anniversary Specifications, adopted for 2013, so the guitar' deep-set neck tenon is attached with genuine hot-hide glue; it also carries a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, in addition to other meaningful details.

Body and Neck
In keeping with the original ™57 Les Paul Custom, the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3-Pickup has a one-piece body of solid mahogany with a carved top, finished in Antique Ebony in nitrocellulose lacquer. Its quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a full, rounded ™50s profile that measures 0.900 at the 1st fret and 1.000 at the 12th, and is topped with a genuine, one-piece ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Its Custom-profile headstock is trimmed in multi-ply binding and carries a mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlay.

Pickups and Electronics
The 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3-Pickup carries a trio of Custom Buckers with gold-plated covers. Designed specifically for this limited edition guitar, these pickups are made with genuine Alnico III magnets and coils wound with unequal turns of 42 AWG wire for that characteristic PAF depth and bite, with a slightly overwound bridge pickup for added punch in the lead position. Its traditional control complement includes two independent volume and tone controls, with œBumble Bee tone caps on the latter. The three-way Switchcraft toggle switch is wired in the traditional manner for three-pickup Les Paul Customs: it selects the neck pickup in the rhythm position, middle and bridge together in the middle position, and bridge pickup in the lead position.

The gold-plated ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight stopbar tailpiece are partnered by a set of authentic gold œwaffle back tuners. A beveled multi-ply pickguard, black top-hat knobs, correct multi-ply binding, and an engraved œLes Paul Custom truss-rod cover complete the authentic look.

Case and Extras
In addition to its Custom Shop case, and adjustment literature, each 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty 3-Pickup comes with a framed, handmade, one-of-a-kind Custom Shop 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity, along with a custom-fitted dust cover with retro 1993 Custom Shop logo, a pair of white gloves, and a stamped brass œ20th Anniversary toggle switch cavity cover (with a spare standard plastic cover in the case).

  • One-piece mahogany back wiht carved top
  • Ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlays
  • Three custom-wound Custom Bucker pickups in the neck, middle and bridge positions
  • Gold-plated ABR-1 bridge and lightweight aluminum stop bar tailpiece

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20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty 3 Pickup

  • Body
    Body Species: Mahogany
    Binding: W/B/W/B/W/B/W multi-ply on Top, W/B/W/B/W multi-ply on Back
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Species: Mahogany with Maple Spline
    Profile Rounded: ™50s
    Truss Rod: Historic Truss Rod Assembly (No Tubing)
    Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Species: Ebony
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Binding: .062 White
    Inlays: Pearl Custom Blocks
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Black Side Dots
    Material: Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Logo: Pearl
    Inlay: Pearl Split Diamond
    Truss Rod Cover: LP Custom
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Model: Waffle Back Tuners
    Tuning Ratio: 12:01
    Plating: Gold
    Type: ABR-1
    Plating: Gold
    Type: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
    Plating: Gold
    Knobs: Black Top Hat with Gold Volume & Tone Inserts
    Pickguard: Black Beauty Multi-ply
    Toggle Switch: Washer Black with Gold Silkscreen
    Pickup Mounting Rings: Black
    Control Plate Cover: Black
    Strings: .010 - .046
    Strap Buttons: Brass Gibson End Pins
    Neck Position: Custom Bucker (Alnico III)
    Middle Position: Custom Bucker (Alnico III)
    Bridge Position: Custom Bucker (Alnico III)
    Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls 2 Tone Controls
    Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Axial Three-Way with Amber Toggle Cap
    Output Jack: Traditional ¼"
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Type: Custom Shop Hardshell
    Interior: Red Fur
    Exterior: Brown Pleather
    Certificate of Authenticity: Yes
    Additional Materials: Extra switch plate.
    Additional Notes: Each comes with a handmade, one of a kind Custom Shop 20th Anniversary COA that is framed, a set of white gloves, a custom fitted dust cover (that fits the guitar) with "retro" 1993 Custom Shop logo and with a stamped brass"20th Anniversary" cover over the pickup toggle switch cavity.
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