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Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar Natural

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From the graceful Venetian cutaway to pearl and abalone inlays on an inky ebony fretboard, this awesome archtop is truly a sight to behold. Features ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An awesome archtop that's truly a sight to behold.

From the graceful Venetian cutaway to pearl and abalone inlays on an inky ebony fretboard, this awesome archtop is truly a sight to behold. Features a gold-plated, individually fingered jazz tailpiece and a fully adjustable saddle with a pearl-inlaid ebony bridge base. The BJB floating pickup with gold cover is mounted to the pickguard rather than the neck for a smooth, mellow tone without feedback. The sleek, lightweight peghead design results in a remarkably well-balanced instrument. These appointments, coupled with unbelievably lush and sophisticated tone, make this among the finest production carved tops available.

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FEATURES
  • Carved Sitka spruce top
  • Solid figured maple back and sides
  • Three-piece figured maple neck
  • BJB floating pickup with gold cover
  • Multi-ply binding on top, back, neck, and peghead
  • Gold hardware
  • Tortoise shell pickguard

Maybe you only get the thing you really want one time in life. Maybe this is that time.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Body design: Single cutaway hollowbody
  • Top and body wood: Carved Sitka spruce top, Solid figured maple back and sides
  • Neck shape and length: Gentle D profile, 25.5 in. scale
  • Neck wood and fretboard: Figured maple, Ebony
  • Neck radius and width: 12 in., 1.69 in. at nut
  • Pickups: BJB floating humbucker
  • Bridge design: ABR-1 on ebony base with tunable 6-finger tailpiece
  • Tuning machines: Grover keystone
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Gibson CustomLe Grande Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Holy Hand Grenades Batman

The Le Grande is my first archtop guitar that I will keep for a long time and I could not be happier. Excellent sounding, playing and looking guitar. Was able to get a...Read complete review

The Le Grande is my first archtop guitar that I will keep for a long time and I could not be happier. Excellent sounding, playing and looking guitar. Was able to get a 2011 Le Grand for ~$7K new in 2015, less than half off.. Minor cosmetic issue and the pick guard was loose, easily repaired by our local Gibson repair shop. Clean clear sound that projects nicely without amplification. Amplified, sweet jazzy tones. Low consistent action and setup by the factory surprisingly well. Not an inexpensive guitar, before buying the Le Grande I purchased a D'Angelico EX59 new release and returned it due to poor electronics (pickup selector switch was super cheap and just spun around), weak pickups and buzzing frets. Sad because it played remarkably well, sounded great and was drop dead gorgeous. If opportunity knocks and you have opportunity and where with all to buy the Le Grande, do it. I don't think you will be dissatisfied. I have not had it long enough to know what it can really do, but am looking forward to giving it a good go of it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad guitar

Really for the nearly 9000 dollars i paid i was waiting for samething better. the sound is very poor and the definition of the highest tones is very bad.

Really for the nearly 9000 dollars i paid i was waiting for samething better. the sound is very poor and the definition of the highest tones is very bad.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Legrand

By lgiro

from Dallas

Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

I just purchased a new Legrand in natural. It is flawless. The wood figuring and abalone are beautiful. I own other fine guitars and I have to say that my expectations were high, and yet have been exceeded. I have heard that the Gibson Custom Shop is using PLEK now. It would appear to be the case, although I am uncertain. Highly recommended.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Legrand

By RZl_urLFJ

from Fresno, CA

Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

I have played for 45 years, nothing I have ever handled can touch this instrument. The action is efforless, especially when you don't feel up to a couple of hours of scales and excercises. The tone is warm and clear; simply beautiful. The workmanship is superior, finish flawless. If your expecting a Strat, Tele, LP, Carvin Custom, etc. look elswhere. If however, you are looking for an outstanding custom gutar for less than $50,000 buy this box.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What are you talking about?!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

Are you kidding me?! You rated this guitar a one in everything. This is probobly one of the best axes there is. I doubt you even have it, other wise you would be bragging about it also. Seriously people, BC Rich gets better reviews than ones. And the ONLY reason I said 9 stars for value is because it put a huge dent in my wallet :/ Think before you judge, and try before you review badly....

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the Greatest Archtop on Earth

By Kagetora

from Albertson, NY

Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

I have tried many archtops from famous brands to relatively new makers. I rated this guitar as the best, and it really sound great plugged or unplugged. Expensive? Yes, but not as much as ones bear Bob Benedetto's signature.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy Hand Grenades Batman

By brewinaz

from Fairbanks Alaska

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Some kind of awesome!

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • noodling on the couch
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    The Le Grande is my first archtop guitar that I will keep for a long time and I could not be happier. Excellent sounding, playing and looking guitar. Was able to get a 2011 Le Grand for ~$7K new in 2015, less than half off.. Minor cosmetic issue and the pick guard was loose, easily repaired by our local Gibson repair shop. Clean clear sound that projects nicely without amplification. Amplified, sweet jazzy tones. Low consistent action and setup by the factory surprisingly well. Not an inexpensive guitar, before buying the Le Grande I purchased a D'Angelico EX59 new release and returned it due to poor electronics (pickup selector switch was super cheap and just spun around), weak pickups and buzzing frets. Sad because it played remarkably well, sounded great and was drop dead gorgeous. If opportunity knocks and you have opportunity and where with all to buy the Le Grande, do it. I don't think you will be dissatisfied. I have not had it long enough to know what it can really do, but am looking forward to giving it a good go of it.

    (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bad guitar

    By String-LvBQP

    from Sacramento, CA

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    Really for the nearly 9000 dollars i paid i was waiting for samething better. the sound is very poor and the definition of the highest tones is very bad.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    By comparison with other makers

    By cdubya

    from Seattle

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    Archtops are my personal weakness. I've played many and some of the finest examples from both current makers and past masters. The example I played was a truly fine guitar both in fit and finish quality and the tone was everything one could hope for. The price was way out of line by comparison with some of the custom makers such as Grimes (Kula, Maui)and Anderson (Seattle luthier).

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbelievable

    By ZipFalcon@aol.com

    from Richland, MI

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    Don't be stupid, dude. This axe has everything to be happy about and nothing is wrong with it. It is just that nobody had enough money to purchase one of his or her own and it can't be tried out. The Le Grande is a beautiful axe.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For what it is, it's a dream

    By Bart Rice

    from San Francisco, CA

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing for 31 years and of all the guitars I own or have owned this one gives me the most pleasure. I use it appropriately, you know like jazz stuff, other cool stuff. If you want to do something else, use an appropriate guitar.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply unbelievable tone!

    By Mark-ZX.Oz

    from Southfield, MA

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    I own the very first LeGrande built in the new millenium (0001)Translucent Amber. I play it through a Fender Bassman amp. Sweet Jesus! That's a guitar!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stunning Guitar

    By ConcertD

    from Armonk, NY

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    I purchased a new Legrand from the custom shop in transparent blue as a 2nd owner, the original person who placed the order needed to sell it on delivery. When it arrived it had some issues in set-up and needed a new nut to be cut. Once that was squared away the guitar played like a dream and sounds even better. For some reason the custom shop makes great Legrands and then doesn't follow through in the final set-up. I guess they expect every player to be different and someone at this level to have their own luthier. That said it is truly a great instrument and I couldn't be without one.

    (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Rad

    By Alex Nelson

    from Davenport, IA

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    It's wasn't what I expected but overall it was pretty good. But i would rather keep it simple and stick to a startocaster.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Gibson LeGrand

    By Jazz Man-g.D-Y

    from Midwest

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    The Gibson LeGrand is one of the best jazz guitars I have ever played. Big sound and well balanced with and without amolification. I have play more expensive handmade guitars that don't compare.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Look, Amazing Sound

    By Batman-chgdR

    from Illinois

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    This is the best guiatar I have ever played. I would buy it but It turns out it costs as much as my car. Maybe some other time. This guitar feels very nice in your hands and the tone acoustically is amazing. Even when I plug it in the sound is the clearest I've ever heard.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson LeGrand

    By Stan_fr

    from Nantes, FRANCE

    Comments about Gibson Custom Le Grande Electric Guitar:

    By far the best recent Gibson archtop I've seen. Luxury appointments, woods and work ... Moreover sounds and play like a dream (strung 14-56). What else ? Pricey ? No : it is worth any penny I put in it ... My only concern : no backup.

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