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Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar  

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    Gibson Custom

    The choice of many star performers.

    Fine art meets music in the Gibson Custom Shop '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar. In 1957, the Les Paul collection entered a new age of sound, featuring a new humbucking pickup that launched the sound heard around the world. Offering tone variations unavailable on any other Les Paul, the '57 Black Beauty is equipped with three BurstBucker pickups to offer a unique palette of vintage sound. Other features include a carved mahogany top and solid mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck with 22-fret ebony fingerboard, ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, 24-3/4" scale, 1-11/16" nut width, body/neck/peghead binding, and ebony finish

    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.

    NOTE: optional gold Bigsby tailpiece may vary with Bigsby script over gold background or over black background.

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

    Features
    • 3 BurstBuckers
    • Carved mahogany top and solid mahogany body
    • One-piece mahogany neck
    • 22-fret ebony fretboard
    • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece (optional Bigsby tremolo)
    • Body, neck, and headstock binding
    • Long neck tenon
    • Gold hardware
    • Classic ebony finish
    • Includes hardshell case, and certificate of authenticity

    Order your Black Beauty with the total assurance of our Dual Guarantees.

     

    '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Top wood: Carved mahogany
    • Back wood: Solid mahogany
    • Binding: Multi-ply white/black on top and back
    • Neck construction: 1-piece mahogany
    • Fingerboard wood: 22 fret ebony
    • Inlays: Pearl block
    • Binding: Single-ply white
    • Profile: Rounded
    • Scale length/Nut width: 24-3/4"; 1-11/16"
    • Pickups: BurstBucker 1 (rhythm) and 2 (treble); BurstBucker 1 in middle position on 3 pickup configuration
    • Other: CTS pots and bumblebee caps
    • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
    • Hardware color: Gold
    • Bridge/Tailpiece: ABR-1/Bigsby tremolo or aluminum stopbar
    • Other: Thin, original-style toggle switch washer and jackplate
    • Tuner style: Kluson vintage tulip tuners
    • Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046
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    Gibson Custom'57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar
     
    5.0

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A must-have for studio guitarists

    By FartTickled

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Extremely Versatile
    • Fullest Sounding Les Paul
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Most Beautiful Guitar
    • Retains Value Very Well
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Bigsby Not Ideal
    • Expensive Luxury
    • Extremely Heavy
    • Gold Hardware Fades Quick
    • Middle Pu Can Get In Way
    • Overly-thick Neck

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    Let me start by saying that this guitar is not for everybody. I think some of the glamour this guitar gets is because people write reviews before they play it for hours, gig, record, rehearse, jam, etc. over a number of years. It is also possible that someone who just laid $5000 on a guitar is likely to give a glowing recommendation so they don't feel shortchanged. Don't get me wrong. This is a fantastic guitar, but it doesn't cater to everyone. I have owned this guitar for about 10 years and I know the ins and outs of this thing. You will not play this standing up for extended periods of time. It is heavy, and I am fairly young. Chances are you are over 40 if you are interested in this thing, so you probably won't be able to gig with this without a lighter backup guitar. It also has a very thick neck: which is great if you are sitting down or playing slow, but can be a burden if you are playing for extended periods of time. Middle Pickup does take some getting used to if you play rhythm. I went the bigsby route and again, not for everyone. It is a hassle to restring this thing and has tuning problems if I don't use a thicker gauge of strings. The gold hardware fades fairly quickly but that doesn't bother me too much. This is just my opinion, but I feel like I have to single this guitar out over my others. I am not the type to ever let a guitar sit in its case or behind glass, but it is a historical reissue, very expensive, and can potentially be worth 10 times what I paid for it in 50 years if I take care of it. So when I gig with it I have to take extra precautions to make sure it stays in perfect condition. I can bang a strat up any day but I feel like I have to baby this thing to preserve its virtue. Now if you can see past most of that then this may be the guitar for you. It is extremely versatile, and you can't really pin a specific style that it is made for because it does them all very well. With a good set of flat wounds, you would think this thing was born to play jazz as well as a gibson super 400. The good thing is that most jazz players are sitting down, so you don't have to worry about its weight. This is almost mil-spec to the les paul jimmy paige played so you know it can play rock. Blues is a no-brainer and it does surprisingly well in country. It also handles most modern effects very well. The only styles I wouldn't recommend are most types of metal. This is a must-have for all studio guitarists.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's my Holy Grail

    By Metal Head Ed

    from Where do I live? In my house

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    Ive been playing this guitar for a year, so I think that my opinion has leveled out a bit. Everyone else is correct when they say that the different tones are great. Im not crazy about the burstbukers in mine but besides their extreme brightness, they articulate well. The third pickup just make this thing sound awesome. The neck is fatter than the newer spec models, but I have to admit, I get a growl out of this thing that is unbelievable. I plugged it into my 74 Marshall Lead and its like playing a hammer strong, thick punches of sound. My 87 Les Paul Standard with Bare Knuckle pickups doesnt growl like this thing. It weighs a ton so get a thick strap. I thought the low, flat frets would bother me, but I actually like them. They almost compensate the fat neck for ease-of-playing. I really like it for playing blues and classic rock. I wanted to make it my number one, but everyone said that its not good for metal or heavy stuff. I put a SD pickup booster on the front of my chain and ran it through a Mesa Dual Rec. and it sounds metal. Im still on the fence about making her my No. 1, but she does sound good. I have zero complaints about the quality, but I didnt go for the bigsby. Its strong, well built, and beautiful.
    This isn't action packed with features, but what's there is good. The three pickups allow for a nice combo of tones, but one can argue that a five way switch would provide more tonal opportunities.
    No quality issues. I didn't get the bigsby, but this thing seems to be built like a tank. I haven't had to make any big adjustments, it stays in tune and it plays great
    It's a Gibson, so it's expensive. In terms of value, consider this: It's a production guitar with a custom shop price.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    I was lucky enough to buy one used for 3 g's when it still cost 3700 new instead of the crazy 4800 they are now, without the Bigsby. It's my dream guitar though...great fat, smooth tones for clean, and warm, crunchy tones when played through an overdriven amp. The "fretless wonder" low profile frets and 24 3/4 inch scale make playing easy, and the ebony 'board provides a nice feel. Great instrument, and investment. However, I don't think Gibson should have raised the price so high.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The ultimate Les Paul

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is just phenomenal! I've played it at a local guitar shop and just fell in love with it till I saw the price. The neck is pretty slick and the frets are great IMO. The 3 pickups really gives the guitar character and the bibsy worked really well. Of course, this is NOT a metal guitar (unless of course you do some mods) but in probably every other genre of music, this will not let you down.The price is a tad high and is NOT recommended for beginners. It is tempting to buy it straight away but make sure you look at EVERYTHING ELSE before making a huge decision like this one.Used: Marshall JVM410 amp, no effect pedals, straight to guitar. Played on clean, dirty, and everything else you can think of setting on amp.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREATGUITAR, AWESOMETONES

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    I've seen a guy play an original '59 Black Beauty with 3 PU's, and the sounds are awesome, good for jazz, blues, rock, alternatives. Haighly recommend this one from quality to sweet tones, must have for a guitar lovers.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Um....Pretty Good

    By DeanFREAK107

    from Haleyville, Alabama

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    I have played this guitar once, and personally, I love the sound of it. I wouldn't really recommend it if you play metal (slipknot, mudvayne, devil driver, etc.) but for ANY other type, this guitar is perfect! It has a slick neck for fast playing and "not too big of frets" for jazz-type chords. I would recommend this guitar if you play jazz, rock, emo, blues, etc. I hope this helps with your decision making in choosing a guitar. PEACE!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar

    By gibbofan

    from Trenton, IL

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    This is an absolutely amazing guitar. Quality and featues are just great, so many tones can be achieve with this instrument, from Blues, Rock, Country and Alternative. The cleanest tones I've heard and endless sustain, going to crunch and dirty tones it just takes a bite out of you. A definitely must have to every serious guitar player. You can't go wrong with this guitar.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible guitar.

    By zildjian player

    from australia

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    I worked for so long for this guitar. It was all worth it too. The bigsby hardware is wonderful. The quality is perfect, the only thing it is expensive. But I love this guitar.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Money Can Buy!

    By gibsonguy91-TEIFh

    from St. Louis, MO

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    I have always loved playing Gibson guitars. I also love the Les Paul. This guitar is the king of all the Pauls. It has a warm low end paired with a brilliant shimmering treble. The look of the guitar is stunning. It is something that will last through the ages!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Truely a Beauty

    By greater vison

    from western New York

    Comments about Gibson Custom '57 Custom Les Paul Black Beauty Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar for 30 years, and this guitar is the finest I've ever owned. Just to let you know I'm comparing it to an Eric Clapton Strat, a Telecaster Elite, and a 1980's Les Paul Custom. This is the best sounding and playable

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