If you wish to buy into Gibson Guitar’s current yearly marketing trend of ‘this is our most accurate replica yet’ then chances are you will be confused about which Custom Shop Reissue to buy – After all next years model and the year after that, may well be even more historically accurate than any previous models – A policy that is a touch ironic as back in the late 50’s each guitar was hand built, which coupled with various jigs etc produced subtle variations in tolerance levels and build qualities, so each guitar was almost a one off, with its own character – Perhaps the golden era of guitar building may well be with us today, certainly with regards to a high consistency of quality that is achieved at all ends of the market, from entry level budget guitars that are churned out in far east, to the top dollar boutique guitars from the USA – So with respect, I don’t get hung up about the relevant properties of a 2015, 2016 or 2017 Les Paul Reissue possessing ‘superior’ qualities , or indeed ‘more accurate’ features – In fact the finer nuances regarding performance related matters will be just as apparent between a number of models from the same year, as they will be from the same model from different years – So now I need to introduce you to a used Gibson Custom Shop Standard Historic 57 Gold Top Les Paul from 2016 – Spec’d with the new and shiny nitro gloss ‘antique gold’ finish – Complete with case and appropriate tags
In no particular order let me feed you with various details :-
- Click here to view a host of spec and features on the Gibson web site – And you’ll find it possesses all the historic features like a long tenon join, light weight aluminium tailpiece, nylon top nut, no truss rod tubing, tortoiseshell side dot inlays, holly veneer headstock facia
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 12oz so more than credible on a Les Paul with a solid mahogany body – no weight relief chambers on this model
- Condition wise and this is a clean guitar – One owner since new and barely played – Ding free and barely any hint of use – the only blemish, if you can call it that, is a hint or two of lacquer checking on the gold top finish – Which is more or less a feature of such a nitro gloss finish – If it doesn’t show such signs now it will do in the future
- Custom wound and voiced ‘Custom Bucker’ vintage flavoured pick-ups with alnico 111 magnets – neck measures 7.59K and the bridge is slightly hotter at 8.09K
- Vintage wiring, bumble caps and 500K pots
- Chunky neck profile with more of a D profile, hence full shoulders – Measures .934″ around the top nut end and fattens out to 1.00″ at the 12th fret
- Re-strung and set-up with a new set of 10’s and a sensible easy action
Tonal character :- So is this a bloomin good LP with shed loads of tone and emotion ? – That test drive is the ultimate test, but playing around with it for a while, through different amp settings, it is easy to conclude that it has many great attributes going for it – No shortage of sustain so notes blossom, bloom and purrrr as you caress each string – With a good LP it is not one specific feature, ingredient or component that makes the guitar feel, play and sound right, but the whole overall package – There is not much wrong with this LP – It captures all the classic vintage flavoured mojo very very well, so whilst that big fat neck can be a challenge for some to play, when you learn to conquer it, you’ll hear a tone to die for – Thin neck, thin tone – Fat neck, fat tone – The overall tonal character is big, fat, open, warm and clear – The neck pick-up delivers those luxurious smooth warm tones with excellent articulation – The bridge pick-up is tight and focused with plenty of depth and an almost Tele-esq bite to it, that is still warm and not harsh or shrill like- There is always enough mid range to fatten up the overall tone, whilst adding some of that growl and bark, but never over powering or going muddy on you- On hi-gain amp settings it sings and sings with smouldering tones from the neck pick up and clear warm bite from the bridge pick -up – With classic blues/rock over driven amp settings this is maybe were the LP performs at its best as it allows you to fully hear all the guitars expressive goodness – On different overdriven amp settings make sure you play around with the guitars volume pot, as along with your own touch, this is were all the emotion comes from – On more subtle overdriven amp settings roll off the volume pot for more of a clean chilled out voice, whilst on a hi-gain amp setting the volume pot will shave off some of the gain, so maybe settings around 6 or 7 can be your base tone, then take it back towards 10 as and when you require that additional boost – With the volume pot rolled of a touch, this is were you’ll find those more angelic vocal like tones – With the volume pots on 10, this is were you can stay when you have more of a full on statement to make – This approach will deliver all the soul, emotion and expressive qualities that can only inspire you – As I said earlier this R7 has a lot going for it
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