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Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar

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Les Paul wanted two colors used on the Gibson guitar that would forever bear his name: gold (for its connection to all things fine) and black (becaus...Click To Read More About This Product

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Now you can have a vintage Black Beauty with a Bigsby straight from the Gibson Custom Shop.

Les Paul wanted two colors used on the Gibson guitar that would forever bear his name: gold (for its connection to all things fine) and black (because a player's hands would be easily visible against a dark background). Les got the gold in 1952, but had to wait for the black. The Les Paul Custom was introduced in 1954 and featured elegant appointments like gold hardware, multiple binding, and an ebony fretboard. The '54 Custom was also the first solidbody Gibson guitar to use the ABR-1 bridge, the familiar piece of hardware we've all come to know as the Tune-O-Matic. Matched up with a vintage-style Bigsby vibrato, it's an unbeatable combination.

Underneath it's luxurious inky finish, this historic recreation of the original 1954 Custom features a carved mahogany top, a solid mahogany back, one-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon, an early '50s rounded neck profile, 24-3/4" scale length, and a 1-11/16" nut width. It also has multi-ply white/black binding on the body and headstock, with white single-ply binding on the fingerboard. Its finer appointments include gold hardware, an ebony fingerboard, large pearl block inlays, pearl headstock inlay, and kidney bean tuners. The original circuitry is preserved with the use of CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors in the signal path and the unique pickup array of a vintage P-90 pickup at the bridge and a rare Alnico V pickup at the neck.

The Alnico V pickup was designed in 1952 by Seth Lover and Walt Fuller for Gibson to succeed the P-90 pickup on several of Gibson's distinguished archtop jazz hollowbodies, most famously the L5 CES, ES-5, and Byrdland guitars. Similar to the P-90 in appearance, the Alnico V is easily recognized by its distinctive rectangular pole pieces. It gets its name from the stronger Alnico V magnets, while each coil has 10,000 turns of 42-gauge wire to achieve its clear, round, ringing sound. It made its debut on a solidbody Gibson in the Fretless Wonder of 1954; the Les Paul Custom, or Black Beauty.

Vintage Original Spec series instruments receive a special nitro-cellulose finish treatment yielding the patina of a gently-aged vintage guitar while handcrafting enhances comfort and playability. Each VOS model has a solid mahogany back; historically accurate long-neck tenon for strength and sustain; and period-correct neck profile, hardware, and electronics.

  • Carved mahogany top
  • Solid mahogany back
  • Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back
  • Ebony finish
  • VOS aging treatment
  • Gold hardware
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Bigsby tremolo/vibrato tailpiece
  • 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
  • 22-fret ebony fingerboard
  • Pearl block inlays
  • Single-ply white fingerboard binding
  • Early '50s rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Holly headstock veneer
  • Kidney bean tuners
  • Alnico V neck pickup
  • P-90 bridge pickup
  • CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage Reissue .010 strings
  • Includes Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity

It's like you walked into your local guitar shop and found an original 1954 Custom just waiting for you. You can pretend you're Neil! Order today!

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Blast From The Past ! Don't just take my word for it go out and try one yourself !!

By old man that likes to Rock&Roll

from Missouri

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Comments about Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar:

Words and photo's of this guitar just can't give you a real feeling of what it look's like or how great sounding it is, it is it's own beast and there is nothing on the market that I can find to hold a candle to it bar none.
Alnico five pickup-P90 also with VOS treatment and all the rest that that is stated.
This guitar is hard for me to rate because it stands alone above anything in my stable of Guitars. The Custom Shop knocked this puppy right out of the park and put's anything made today to shame !!
The ALNICO 5 is a great match to the P90 and for the action of the neck it is a 50's neck but even at that it has very great playability and oh so smooth in your hand. Now I will say that I use 9's on all my guitars and this come's strung with 10's. I restrung it with my 9's and had to rise the action just a touch and it is like she has been played by me for many years as an old friend and has always been my go to guitar.
Great Job Custom Shop I take my hat off to you for such a great feeling guitar and most of all for bring back the Alnico 5 pickup because it is as much of a legacey as the Les Paul guitar and it's maker Mr.Les Paul himself.
This guitar is the Les Paul Custom
For what you get in sound and the look's and the way it play's it's a wounder's it don't cost more. As far as I am concerned it is more than a fare price. If you can't afford it now just save up for it, very much worth the wait.

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A Great Les Paul Custom 1954 Reissue

By Philip Kylis

from New Jersey

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Comments about Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby VOS Electric Guitar:

A great Les Paul! The Alnico V and the P90 pickups are a great combination. Very underated in the guitar community. The feel, quality and playability are prime choice. I can even see the the wood grain on the top of the body!

This guitar coupled with a Telecaster are all I need.
Gibson Historic reissues are not cheap, but well worth the money.

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