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Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar  

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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,...Read More

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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 42 reviews)

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    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (31)
  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Good pick up (30)
  • Solid electronics (26)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (28)
    • Practicing (26)
    • Recording (21)
    • Rock concerts (18)
    • Small venues (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (26), Novice (3), Professional musician (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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    5.0

    top of the line sound and feel

    By eggcart

    from cleveland, ohio

    About Me Experienced

    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:

      awesome guitar. I was not sure how the new baked maple fretboard would sound and feel, but i love it. looks a lot like rosewood, feels same as rosewood or ebony. super nice action out of the box. beautifully crafted instrument, a custom look, sound, and feel without paying thousands more.
      you cannot go wrong buying this guitar, it is 100% pro all the way.

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      5.0

      the better than I expected

      By danny

      from Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

        This guitar plays fast and the baked maple is not a problem at all. I love this guitar and is hard to put down.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        the search is over

        By nosaj

        from whitefish MT

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

        Very heavy almost 12 pounds! A little fret buzz and action not as low as I would have liked but, the tone is ledgend. The maple fret board does feel like ebony, plays and looks great. This guitar will be with me for a very long time.

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        5.0

        Simply an incredible Les Paul

        By Ethan

        from L.A.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Craftsmanship
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Value
        • Huge Sustain
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Extremely versatile
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Shimmering Cleans
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

          I was skeptical at first, having not particularly liked the few Les Pauls I'd played in the past. But the reviews and the price convinced me to give this one a try.

          SO glad I did. This quickly became my favorite guitar, and has curtailed my "guitar acquisition syndrome" for the first time in years.

          Is it perfect? No, but then I can't offhand think of anything wrong with it. Perhaps I wish it were a bit lighter, but then it wouldn't have the rich, thick sound and wonderful sustain. If I had to nitpick, I wish it had locking tuners.

          It came set up noticeably better than other Gibsons I've owned. And the maple fretboard is wonderful (and like everyone else says, is several shades darker than the pictures -- mine is very close to black).

          While so many complain that Gibson's are overpriced, here is an example of a guitar that, if anything, is underpriced. Love it to death.

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          5.0

          best guitar i have ever played

          By none

          from barstow ca.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

            good price beautiful guitar got to me fast

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            5.0

            Classic Custom Wine Red

            By Joe Joe

            from NJ

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Its A Custome Nuff Said
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

              Great finish, great guitar, the price is right for this custom, I would rather have the Classic Custom, then one costing twice as much. Gibson did a really good job with this Les Paul, and I hope it is discontinued so mine goes up in value. :D

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              5.0

              Awesome!

              By Shaun

              from Oakville, Ontario CANADA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

                Excellent craftmanship.
                Set up and action is perfect, don't need to do any upgrades just plug and play.
                The sound coming out of this guitar is very rich
                in harmonics and it sustain the notes very well.
                I purchased this guitar without even playing it
                and I'm happy for taking that chance cause this is a great Christmas present for me.
                Musician's Friend is my favorite online store for the past 15 years.

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                5.0

                My new favorite!!!

                By Joshua

                from Jackson OH

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

                  I love this guitar! I got the gold top and it is just gorgeous. I really like the sounds of the 57 pickups. They are great for the rock, blues, and worship music that I play. The weight is just perferct if you want that Les Paul feel (I think mine is around 10 pounds.) If you are not sure of the baked maple fretboard, done be. I thought the fretboard felt just like Ebony and mine was darker then the pictures. I have always wanted a Custom and finally got one. I would pick one up if I were you while they are still making them.

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                  5.0

                  A+ Custom for a1/3 the price!

                  By one4Jesus

                  from Ormond Beach FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • ALL
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

                  If you can't afford a Custom spend a 1/3 the money and get custom quality and sound.

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                  5.0

                  Merry Christmas to me!

                  By strat280

                  from Orlando Florida

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Electric Guitar:

                    Absolutely stunning guitar. The action was a little high right out of the box, but easily tweaked. A+ for workmanship. Don't let the baked maple fingerboard fool you, it's fast and comfortable. It's actually several shades darker than what the picture would have you believe, almost indistinguishable from rosewood. This ax gets my highest marks, rock on!

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