Guitar Of The Week:Gibson Custom 1955 Les Paul Hot Mod Refin
1955 Les Paul Hot Rod Refin
Unmatched harmonic richness and incredible singing sustain are hallmarks of the 1955 Reissue Series Les Pauls from Gibson Custom. By utilizing the proper vintage metal alloys and longer dimensions for the steel tailpiece studs and bushings, the '55 series comes closer to true vintage tonality than ever before.
This week's spotlight guitar is a Refin Hot-Mod 1955 Les Paul model featuring a TonePros lightweight wraparound tailpiece and a beautiful vintage-looking "Pale Whiskey" sunburst finish. Some might call this a "conversion re-creation" as it emulates an original 1955 Les Paul that has been converted from P-90 single-coil pickups to humbucking pickups and has been factory refinished as a sunburst. As the popularity of the 1959 Sunburst Les Paul exploded, many players that could not track down an original Sunburst example performed this conversion on early goldtop Les Pauls as they tried to get closer to the sound and look of their dream guitar. This version maintains the single-piece wraparound bridge/tailpiece combination of an early '55, which many musicians actually prefer over the two-piece alternative believing that it more directly drives the guitar body resulting in additional resonance. Add in the powerful, full sound of humbucking pickups and you get a very rich tone that has incredible sustain and a signature strong edge.
Like all the variations in the 1955 Les Paul Series, this one has the ultra-comfortable '55 Soft Shoulder neck profile copied from a prime, magical-feeling original 1955 neck—a dream to play! If you want the best in Les Paul sound and feel, you owe it to yourself to check out the '55 Reissue series.
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