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Destined to be a collectible.

The feel and tone of Les Paul Classic Custom is enhanced by the baked maple fingerboard, which adds the snappy response of ebony, but retains a warm, traditional medium-brown look like pau ferro. Luxurious and toneful, the nitro lacquer finish makes all the difference in the world, especially as the guitar ages. All for tons of pure Gibson tone.

The Les Paul Classic Custom starts with the legendary tonewood pairing of a solid carved maple top glued to a mahogany body, strategically chambered to enhance resonance and reduce weight. Maple's clarity and definition teams with mahogany's richness and depth to produce a tonal complexity that no single-wood guitar has ever matched. Its resonance and sustain are only further enhanced by the deep-set quarter-sawn mahogany neck with 17-degree back-angled headstock. Optimum playability is ensured by a slim, comfortable neck profile. The guitar's 22-fret fingerboard is made from Baked Maple, a heat-treated hardwood that offers a clear tone and extreme durability, and inlaid with acrylic block markers, enhanced by a mother of pearl Gibson headstock logo and acrylic split-diamond inlay.

The Les Paul Classic Custom is fitted with a pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups made with genuine Alnico II magnets and and wound with enamel-coated 42-AWG wire just like the hallowed PAF pickups of the late 1950s and early '60s. The '57 Classics yield creamy warm tones in the neck position and plenty of growl and snarl in the bridge, with funky, round tones in between. The Tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece ensures solid sustain and accurate intonation, while a set of premium Grover kidney-button tuners keep your tuning rock solid.

FEATURES
  • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
  • Body: Genuine Mahogany
  • Top: Carved Maple/ Multi-Ply binding
  • Neck: Mahogany, White Acrylic Split
  • Diamond headstock inlay
  • Fingerboard: Baked Maple (Bound)/
  • Acrylic White Block inlay
  • Hardware: Chrome Tune-o-matic ,
  • Grover Kidney Tuners
  • Electronics: Gibson ˜57 Classic humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 Vol/2 Tone, black speed knobs
  • Case: Gibson Deluxe Hardshell Case

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GibsonLes Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 43 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (32)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good feel (31)
  • Good pick up (31)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (29)
  • Practicing (27)
  • Recording (22)
  • Rock concerts (19)
  • Small venues (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best guitar I own

I own several Gibsons and Fenders. All American-made and all excellent guitars. But from the first time I picked up this guitar, I could see that it blows all those others away. This...Read complete review

I own several Gibsons and Fenders. All American-made and all excellent guitars. But from the first time I picked up this guitar, I could see that it blows all those others away. This is THE most playable guitar I own. The maple fretboard is as good as ebony in my opinion, the frets are dressed perfectly, and this guitar feels and sounds as perfect as I could imagine a guitar to be. I bought this guitar as a Les Paul fan with high expectations of obtaining another great guitar, but I was not expecting it to be this awesome. I can't say enough great things about this guitar. Baked Maple is a great fretboard material, do not be turned off by it. Gibson should use this material for more guitars in their catalog.
Classic electronics design: two humbuckers, separate tone and volume controls for each. No need to improve on this classic setup.
The Baked Maple fretboard is a great feature - it feels as good as ebony and it produces a much brighter tone than rosewood. It really makes this guitar stand out from other Les Pauls.
Split-diamond headstock and large block inlays normally found on models twice as expensive.
I own two Gibsons from the late 90s, and those are awesome guitars so my expectations were high. But when I received this guitar I was blown away at how well it was setup and how solid it feels. The tuners are nice and tight, the finish is perfection, the frets are perfectly dressed, the intonation was spot on. For this price I can't believe they could make such a quality instrument.
This is the cheapest guitar Gibson currently sells with the split-diamond headstock and large block inlays. Those features are usually reserved for their top-of-the-line guitars. But they are more than just window dressing to boost sales - this guitar has earned them based on its incredible quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

looked great, played not so great.

Studio lite is a way better guitar. I think Gibson fans are really looking for the sound of the 498 and 490 pick ups. The other pick ups are chasing that sound. Thats...Read complete review

Studio lite is a way better guitar. I think Gibson fans are really looking for the sound of the 498 and 490 pick ups. The other pick ups are chasing that sound. Thats just me.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best guitar I own

By Stan Dewan

from Southern California

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

I own several Gibsons and Fenders. All American-made and all excellent guitars. But from the first time I picked up this guitar, I could see that it blows all those others away. This is THE most playable guitar I own. The maple fretboard is as good as ebony in my opinion, the frets are dressed perfectly, and this guitar feels and sounds as perfect as I could imagine a guitar to be. I bought this guitar as a Les Paul fan with high expectations of obtaining another great guitar, but I was not expecting it to be this awesome. I can't say enough great things about this guitar. Baked Maple is a great fretboard material, do not be turned off by it. Gibson should use this material for more guitars in their catalog.
Classic electronics design: two humbuckers, separate tone and volume controls for each. No need to improve on this classic setup.
The Baked Maple fretboard is a great feature - it feels as good as ebony and it produces a much brighter tone than rosewood. It really makes this guitar stand out from other Les Pauls.
Split-diamond headstock and large block inlays normally found on models twice as expensive.
I own two Gibsons from the late 90s, and those are awesome guitars so my expectations were high. But when I received this guitar I was blown away at how well it was setup and how solid it feels. The tuners are nice and tight, the finish is perfection, the frets are perfectly dressed, the intonation was spot on. For this price I can't believe they could make such a quality instrument.
This is the cheapest guitar Gibson currently sells with the split-diamond headstock and large block inlays. Those features are usually reserved for their top-of-the-line guitars. But they are more than just window dressing to boost sales - this guitar has earned them based on its incredible quality.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really like it by Mark Custer

By Elizabeth Custer

from Maryland

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

Great looking,Great playing,Great sounding guitar,get one if you can,you will not be disappointed!
My Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom was just perfect right out of the box,the wine red finish is beautiful,and 57 classic/classic plus humbuckers just purr like a kitten,or growl like a bear,and the neck plays like butter.
Great quality,Gibson sure got it right with this beauty!
I have wanted a Gibson Les Paul since I was 15 or so,and thanks be to god and a very understanding wife,I am living the dream of owning one,it is a little pricey,but certainly worth the money.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I used to play a Tele...

By Erasmo Jacinto

from Orange County, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

I push this guitar thru a Vox AC15 and i didn't realize i would get such wonderful growling distortion. This thing plays great. Oh, for you Fender players, these things are heavy. I didn't realize what a workout on my shoulder this would be, but i don't mind. My transition to Les Paul has been great. I am truly a convert and very glad i added this thing to my arsenal.

If you are contemplating pulling the trigger on a Gibson, and you are going back and forth between this and the Studio model, i want to tell you, i was in the same boat and i am so glad i got this. I was pursuing that beefy, growling, grungy sound and i found it in this guitar.
My perspective can only be gauged against the other guitar i used to play and that was a '52 American Telecaster Re-issue. Played it for last 10 years. Was my go-to instrument. So in comparison to that wonderful guitar, this thing is right up there. I had never dealt with the tune-o-matic bridge and so when i replaced the strings after purchase, i lifted the saddle by twisting the screws upon which the saddle rests so as to eliminate a little bit of fret buzz on the D string. Was able to maintain good action at 12th fret. Next i experimented with the tailpiece, and turned the screws to raise this as well. This reduced the angle/tension from bridge and made the strings more bend-able! Also, you may consider this sacriligious but i replaced the Guibson 10-46 strings with Fender Bullets of the same size because the Gibsons break pretty easy. Of course, depends on your style of play, so i bend 'em like crazy and need more durable strings.

The pick ups on this thing, wow! I never realized how good these things could growl. But again, i come from a Telecaster world, high trebly, twangy sound. So big difference now.
I got the wine red color. And you know how you purchase something so pretty and you just put it anywhere in the room and its like a work of art? Dang, it makes the whole room look a lot better. The color and finish are great. Putting this next to my natural finish Tele, the contrast is sharp and pretty. The split diamond headstock and chrome tuners looks really good.

This was my first venture in the Guibson line. It was a great choice since i wanted something good, but was unable to pay several grand for the Les Pauls of the past. The quality on this thing is really great. I don't know if this low price range for a guitar with these components is due to Gibson's unsustainable forest wood issues and the Feds, but if they dropped the price to keep their customers, they ended acquiring a new one because i love this thing.
If value can be measured by the amount of joy something brings - this guitar is a joy to play.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Deal...

By BluesCHASER

from Jamestown, NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Outstanding Fit Finish
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any time

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

    I was back & forth on this one for quite sometime, mainly because I couldn't get my hands on one to actually play. So, similar to a previous reviewer, I went in 'blind' and ordered one up in the wine red finish. In a word...WOW! No regrets whatsoever. One of my big concerns going in was the neck profile & what would it actually feel like. I can only say that the 60's profile, (slim neck) is absolutely perfect to me.

    I too had read/heard about all the earlier QC issues people encountered with GIBSON...I say straight out, that the instrument I rec'd is absolutely perfect. I went over this thing completely & there is not one flaw that I can find! The fit & finish is absolutely impeccable.

    The tone/electronics are true to Gibson standards. Oh...and as far as all those concerns expressed by some re: the maple fretboard...it is a total NON-issue. Mine looks/feels much like rosewood. The actual fretboard look is darker (nicer) than some of the photos I have seen depicted (the inlays are nicely done as well).

    Hopefully this may help with your decision if you may be 'on-the-fence' in acquiring one of these. I consider myself as a discerning (picky?) buyer and this Classic Custom has exceeded my expectations. It will be a regular player in my collection. As a guitar player, just seeing that gleaming Wine Red/chrome finished guitar when you open up that plush, white lined custom fitted case does something special for you. The feeling only gets better when you actually plug in and begin playing!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Bargain by Any Other Name

    By Marshall Advovate

    from Charleston SC

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

    I bought one because I couldn't resist a Custom LP for this advertised price.The maple fretboard is tight and solid feeling, though not as slick as ebony, but this guitar is a fantastic bargain. It's beautiful, solid, and it rocks . They say they chambered it to lighten it but it still has some heft to it, so it chunks just like you would expect a Custom to do. I open the case and I HAVE to play it, I WANT to play it. All of my friends are jealous and it won't be long before they get their own. My happiness level is at 10 with this one.
    It's a Les Paul, it has 4 knobs, one switch, and all the features of a Gibson. Simple but that's all you need.
    I got the gold top and was floored by the beauty. I sometimes just stop and look at it sitting on the stand. The top is bound with 7ply black and white bindng and it makes the top really catch your eye. The finish is exquisite, and the frets on mine were absolutely perfect. After changing over to a set of 9's I was able to lower the action to 1/16 off the fret board with no other setup other than truss rod adjust to make up for the string gauge change. The back, sides and neck are finished in a beautiful natural mahogany, and overall the finish is flawless. This guitar is a bargain.
    Bargain bargain bargain. Maybe Gibson is giving these away so the guitar slinging world can get used to the idea of a maple fretboard instead of ebony. These are great axes and they will not stay cheap for long, so get one now. I'm thinking of buying another.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well done, Gibson!

    By sore fingers

    from Texas

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

    I think Gibson really hit one out of the park with this guitar. It's a great package for under 2 grand. Everything is there that you'd expect from a well-built Les Paul. And, to me, it sounds and plays just as good as the LP's that are a little more expensive. I know everybody says that about their guitar, but I really paid attention to what I was hearing and feeling when buying this guitar. Anything beyond it would just be splitting hairs for an average picker like me.
    It's got everything a Les Paul should have. Plain and simple. But it does have several unique features. First is the baked maple fretboard, which to me sounds great. It provides a nice pop that you'd expect to get from an ebony board. The pictures on this site show the fretboard to be very light colored. Mine, however, actually has a color that's just as dark as rosewood. It's just as dark as my other LP and strat boards which are all rosewood. The triple binding on this guitar is very classy, too. It gives the guitar that extra little dimension. What really drew me into this guitar at first was the vintage block inlays and classic Gibson headstock inlay. I've always wanted a Gibson that had that. The 57 Classics sound excellent...a little warmer than what I'm used to, but they are growing on me. All hardware is pretty standard, but very solid. Locking tuners would have been great, though.
    It seems like Gibson has been having quite a few quality control issues these days, so I really checked this guitar over before purchasing it. Couldn't find anything wrong with it when I bought it and I still can't find anything wrong. I have the goldtop and it does seem like the paint is a little thin on the edge of the lower horn, but that is very, very minor. Everything else is top-notch.
    I feel like I got a great guitar for the price. My first choice was the LP Standard Traditional, but after playing this one, I felt like I was getting just as good of a guitar but for a much lower price. I would have loved a rosewood or ebony board, but the baked maple board is really growing on me and actually looks very much like rosewood. Better than than some sort of weird composite material. I wouldn't be surprised if Gibson ulitizes this more often, considering the wood problems they are having right now. Diehard LP fans might have an issue with this, though. Overall I feel like I got just what I paid for, and maybe a little more.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible value.

    By Bryan K.

    from Alberta, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

      From the moment this guitar was released I knew I wanted one. I never was able to find one locally that I could try out, so I went in blind and have zero regrets. There is nothing about this guitar that I don't love. Wonderful sound and sustain.

      Right from the factory the setup was perfect for me. Great action, finish.. the neck feels amazing and the fretwork on this one is exceptional. Everything you would expect from the Les Paul name, but at a much more reasonable price. All this baby needed out of the case was a quick tuning, then she was ready to go. Speaking of which, staying in tune is never an issue with this guitar. Tuners feel very solid as well.

      I have more experience with Burstbuckers than these '57 Classics, but these things just howl. Perfect for the type of vintage hard rock sound I'm looking for. But I'm also confident in saying that these could cover a wide variety of styles with ease. Cleans, jazz, blues, all kinds of rock and most metal too. These things just ooze crunch and harmonics. Solid electronics all around on this one.

      I ordered this guitar with the Antique Natural finish and it's a real attention grabber. Less really is more, and there's not too many out there like this. The contrast between the natural finish and the maple neck is truly beautiful. The neck is actually a lot darker on mine than in the photos, which is a nice touch.

      This guitar was billed from the very beginning as a limited edition, so all along I was hoping that I'd be able to scrounge up enough money to buy one before they were gone. Thankfully MF still had them in stock. They were a pleasure to deal with, and shipping time was much shorter than I was expecting.

      If this guitar was lost or stolen, I would definitely try to find another one. Incredible value. Grab one today before they're gone! Value can only go up.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW! A CUSTOM LES FOR LESS!

      By Point Blank Rage.

      from Seattle,WA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

        I can't believe it.I finally own a Les Paul custom.My friends say its a classic custom.So,what!IT IS A CUSTOM.The split diamonds says it all.I don't want to brag,but I got mine, way less $300 less.And yes its a real Gibson I confirm the Serial #,its for real.I got mine in Wine Red,and its a beauty.Even though its chambered its pretty heavy.It got that hefty Les Paul weight we all know about.Playability is superb,and the sound is awesome.Get one before they are all sold out.The neck is thin and smooth.Perfect match for my small hand.Bake maple fret,whats the difference,and whats the big deal.I'll tell you what,the deal is its affordable.A custom Les for less.Now thats the deal.Get one.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great lp

        By JM

        from Manlius, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good price for LP
        • Good Tone
        • Great guitar
        • Great Tone
        • Nice finish
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Nut issues wb g string

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar, highly recommended. Set up is ok, except for g and b strings catch on nut when tuning(easily fixed).

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        More Happy than Happy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        By GCT1956

        from Hampton Falls, NH

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

          Love it !!!!!!!!!!! Have many brands of guitars, PRS, Ibanez, Fender, Taylor.

          This Gibson is my all time favorite in feel, playing and sound.

          It is and will be my go to an gigging guitar for many years to come.

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