The late fifties Custom was the only Les Paul model carved from a single slab of Mahogany, providing the spooky mid-range the model became famous for. It's the Les Paul that myriad big names have relied on for over sixty years; Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton, Robert Fripp, Trent Reznor, the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Frank Zappa, Thurston Moore, Mick Jones of The Clash, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, David Gilmour, Daniel Johns, Phil Manzanera, Marc Bolan...
The serious player
Every single detail of the Les Paul Custom made it the obvious guitar of choice for the serious player: that solid Mahogany slab body, (no weight-relief here, this is solid timber, all the way through, tipping the guitar scales at 10lb 10 1/2 oz / 4.85kg); solid Mahogany neck, (1957 medium C-profile); solid Ebony board, with the Custom's famous 12" radius; 500k taper pots; the large mother-of-pearl inlays; medium-jumbo frets, (so player-friendly low that the guitars came to be known as "fretless wonders").
Ted McCarty refined the Custom's design, while Seth Lover perfected the hum-cancelling pickups, which were soon universally referred to as humbuckers. The most desirable vintage pickups in the vintage guitar trade are those original late fifties Les Paul 'PAF' humbuckers with the Patent Applied For stickers on the back, (see pic # 4). Gibson's super-cool Custom's '57 Classic PAFs deliver that solid mahogany tone astonishingly accurately!
Almost all the great features on this classic Les Paul model made their first appearance on the 1957 'Black Beauty', from the fretless wonder frets and Seth Lover's humbuckers to the Ebony fingerboard and gold plated hardware, the Les Paul Custom really was a (black) beauty. In its 3-pickup and Bigsby variation, this is as rare and gimme-gimme as classic axes get.
And returning briefly to the actual construction, with the solid Mahogany body and solid mahogany neck, our LP Custom on offer here has around 16 seconds of natural sustain, which is real "holy grail" territory for prime electric guitars. Plug in, turn up and let her rip!
Free courier delivery
Complete with its original Gibson hard shell case, (pics 7, 8 and main), and paperwork shown in pic # 7, the guitar is in fabulous condition, having seen extremely minimal playtime since being completed at Gibson's Nashville Custom Shop in late 1999. The jet black nitro VOS finish imbues the appearance of an aged, but lightly used, true vintage instrument. With FREE COURIER DELIVERY to any address in Australia, this superb Les Paul Custom is priced to sell, and is one 'Black Beauty' you should definitely not let get away