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Gibson Custom 1960 50th Anniversary Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar

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The Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar brings back a classic, upgraded with 2 gold-plated BurstBucker pickups a...Click To Read More About This Product

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The finest replication of this incredible model that has ever been produced.

The Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar brings back a classic, upgraded with 2 gold-plated BurstBucker pickups and a super-fast, slim neck.

The Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul guitar debuted late in 1953 to instant acclaim, but it would be a few years before the design reached its zenith. The 1960 Les Paul Custom is often considered the epitome of the breed.

The reissue guitar is dressed for the ball, in a color scheme that emulates the tux a jazz artist would wear at a formal function. The 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom has a high-gloss nitrocellulose ebony finish, multi-ply binding on body and headstock, an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block markers, a larger headstock with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlay, and gold-plated hardware throughout.

Way more than just a looker, though, the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is also armed to the teeth for tonal splendor. Equipped exactly like the original guitars, the 50th Anniversary carries the legendary pairing of Tune-O-Matic (ABR-1) bridge and stopbar tailpiece, developed by Ted McCarty himself. They gave added adjustability and sustain to the first Black Beauty, along with the kidney button Grover Rotomatic tuners that were considered a major upgrade back in the day.

A pair of Gibson's BurstBucker humbucking pickups”a #1 in the neck for smooth, articulate tones and a #2 in the bridge for more sting and punching power”accurately represent the legendary "Patent-Applied-For" humbuckers of the late '50s and early '60s, and are made with unpolished alnico magnets and coils that are wound with unequal turns of 42-gauge enamel-coated wire to induce the single-coil style bite and edge of the originals. To top it all off, routing them through high-quality CTS pots and "bumblebee" tone capacitor keeps your signal sweetly vintage.

Just as significant, though, are the details that you don't see: the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is built with the long neck tenon that gave added resonance and sustain to the original, its period-correct nylon nut is cut on the PLEK for ultimate accuracy, and beneath the guitar's gloss ebony finish lies a body carved from a single piece of solid mahogany, a tonewood known for its blend of warmth, richness and clarity.

The 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom's body is cut to the proportions of the original, with accurate carved "dish" (top arch) and single cutaway for excellent upper-fret access. The top is trimmed in multi-ply white/b/w/b/w binding, and finished in several thin coats of ebony.

The guitars neck and headstock are made in the classic tradition of the original 1960 Les Paul Custom. Carved from a single piece of mahogany, and topped with an ebony fingerboard, the design incorporates Gibson's lauded 17-degree back-angled headstock, which contributes greatly to the instrument's resonance and sustain. To denote its "Custom" nature, the headstock of the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is larger than that of comparable Les Paul Standards, is trimmed with multi-ply binding, and inlaid with a mother-of-pearl "split-diamond" emblem.

Produced in extremely limited numbers in 1960, original Black Beauties are nigh on impossible to come by today. With its historically accurate details and appointments, the Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is the finest replication of the model that has ever been produced. Each example comes with a plush-lined Gibson Custom hardshell case, a certificate of authenticity, and full owner's literature.

  • Body
  • Body style: Les Paul
  • Body: solid mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Binding: Top - 7-Ply (w/b/w/b/w/b/w), Back - 5-Ply (w/b/w/b/w)
  • Finish: ebony with gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck
  • Neck: 1-piece set mahogany
  • Neck profile: slim 60's
  • Binding: single-ply white
  • Neck joint mortise and tenon
  • Fingerboard: ebony
  • Fingerboard radius: 12"
  • No. Of frets: 22 with reissue fret wire
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Neck inlays: mother-of-pearl blocks
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: gold
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic (ABR-1 no wire) with Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Knobs: black top hats with gold inserts
  • Tuners: kidney button Grover Rotomatic
  • Electronics
  • Neck pickup: BurstBucker 1, gold cover
  • Bridge pickup: BurstBucker 2, gold cover
  • Magnets: Alnico II
  • Controls: two volume, two tone, 3-way Switchcraft Axial toggle pickup selector with vintage toggle cap
  • Coil wiring: parallel-machine wound
  • Output jack: Switchcraft short shaft with shielded wire
  • Other
  • Case: Custom Shop hardshell
  • Additional: certificate of authenticity

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