Guitar Of The Week:Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Hot Mod
Featuring the 1955 Soft Shoulder Neck
As soon as you feel the neck of this guitar … you'll know.
One of the most important factors determining whether or not you'll bond with a particular guitar is the shape of its neck profile. Most of us don't give it much thought, but the neck profile is vitally important to hand comfort, playability, the transfer of vibrations between neck and body, and ultimately the overall resonance, feel, and tone of the instrument.
In collaboration with Gibson Custom, we have worked hard to bring you a new Les Paul reissue that features a neck shape that has the magical, ultra-comfortable feel equal to the very finest vintage examples. As a matter of fact, we went through the vast collection of a lifelong Les Paul aficionado and chose a specific vintage Les Paul with the neck that all participants agreed had the most incredible feel and was the most enjoyable to play on. We then arranged to have a top engineer from Gibson Custom fly out with Gibson's state of the art digital measuring equipment to take precise measurements of this supernatural neck. With the exact measurements gathered, Gibson Custom went home to accurately reproduce it at their factory down to the finest details and it is now used exclusively for the 1955 Les Paul reissue series. It has a full front-to-back depth, yet feels deceptively small due to its uniquely shaped shoulders. We strongly believe our collaboration with Gibson has brought about the most balanced '50s style Les Paul neck found on any reissue guitar. It can give you the ultimate in tonal transfer, comfort, and playability. Try one for yourself and feel the difference!
Today's featured model is the '55 Les Paul Custom Hot-Mod with adjustable bridge, Soft Shoulder '55 neck profile, and BurstBucker humbucking pickups. Click the video below to see Jeff Pevar demonstrate this model.
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Scott is a versatile musician with a degree in music performance. He has played in bands covering a wide range of styles including rock, country, classical, and blues. He is also a self-confessed gearhead and is always glad to give you recommendations based on his vast experience. If you are trying to track down an instrument that'll create that sound in your head, Scott's your man.
Chris is also a seasoned musician who has played in various bands in Nashville, Kansas City, and New York City. Chris's other passion is building guitars and basses. He worked at Sadowsky Guitars for seven years as production manager and was the primary bass builder there. More recently, Chris was a craftsman at the Gibson Custom Shop. During his tenure there, he spent two years in the Pro Shop and four years in Engineering. Chris has custom-built guitars for celebrities and has developed his own original designs. He knows great tone and nothing satisfies Chris more than helping players find the perfect guitar to match their musical preferences.