I’ve had a soft spot for an alpine white Gibson Les Paul Custom, ever since I first saw various video clips of Lindsey Buckingham, back in the mid 70’s during the early days of Rumours – Some might be hooked on a white LP Custom due to The Sex Pistols, The Manics, Randy Rhoads, or even The Edge – So let me update you with a host of details regarding this used, 2016 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom, with the alpine white finish – Complete with the brown Lifton vintage style brown case, certificate/wallet and the Gold Warranty check list paper work
- Whole guitar weighs 9lbs and 11oz – For whatever reason that maybe, Customs nearly always weigh more than an LP Standard
- Excellent condition – barely a hint of any signs of previous use – Slight ‘off white/yellow’ marking around the headstock – As time goes by the alpine white finish will morph towards the ‘off white/custard yellow’ character – No dings or dints, so a very clean example – Apart from somewhere on the bridge assembly, near the low E string, where you’d rest your hand, the gold hardware barely shows any signs of wear
- Rounded C neck profile with medium plus depth, that is akin to the 50’s neck profile – measures .861″ around the top nut end and .972″ around the 12th fret – So less depth then a vintage R9 style LP
- ‘Rich Lite’ fingerboard – frets are clean + polished – So no hint of wear
- Re-strung + set-up with 10-46 gauge strings and a slick easy action
- All original Gibson 490R + 498T pick-ups – neck measures 7.48K – bridge measures 13.48K
Not sure I even need to pass any comments with regards to the playing performance of this LP Custom – Surely any such stories and reports have been posted many times in the past – I know many would keep such a guitar as it is – Likewise some will always look at changing the pick-ups, for whatever reason that might be – I’ve spent a short time with it hooked up to my demo amp and played it on clean amp settings, more of a subtle rock/blues overdriven amp setting and a hi-gain amp setting – The key asset I look for is can I control the amp from the guitar, to supply me with different levels of emotion, as and when required – On a clean amp setting I might want chilled out jazz/blues, or crisp funky rhythm – I might want Muddy Water blues, or Larry Carlton licks, on more of a subtle overdriven amp setting – I might want bone crunching riffs, or scorching lead on a hi-gain amp setting – Either way I want to see if I can start of with the guitar’s volume pots on, or around, 6/7, but still retain the guitars character and tonal quality, then turn it back towards 10 as and when I require more of a full on turbo approach – Easy answer is yes it delivers what I expected
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