Funnily enough I sold this used Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom around 8 years ago, so no worries on my part that it is now back on my showroom wall, waiting to find a new home – Used model, from the Custom Shop team, with a date of birth as 2008 – Complete with the deluxe Custom Shop case, wallet/certificate and a host of tags and paperwork – In no particular order let me update you with a host of details :-
- Whole guitar weighs 9lbs and 8oz – light LP Customs below 9lbs are few and far between – It is generally accepted a Custom weighs more than a Standard
- Condition wise it is clean enough without looking neither like a case queen, or indeed abused – A least a player can buy it and not worry about acquiring that first ding that can be so annoying – Black tends to show up the slightest blemish, far more than any other colour – So yes you can find some wear, but nothing nasty – Some belt buckle compression marks on the rear – But overall more surface ‘skin deep’ grazes as against dings and dints – Usual sign of gold playing wear, mainly around the area you tend to rest your right palm
- Clean frets – Any hint of fret wear on the first few frets is minimal and certainly not even worth looking at for now and I dare say many more years before even a fret dress is required – Hint and minimal are the key words here
- Ebony fingerboard – dark and smooth
- Mahogany neck + body + maple top
- Grover machine heads with tulip buttons
- Nashville bridge
- Meaty but not chunky neck profile – Not as large as the current breed of R7, R8 and R9 vintage replicas – But more meaty than the 60’s profile – Measures .845″ around the top nut end and .979″ around the 12th fret
- Pick-ups – I wish Gibson would put labels on the reverse of the pick-ups to make identification so much easier – no PAF labels so have to assume they are not Classic 57’s that are sometimes fitted to an LP Custom – Neck measures 7.42K – Bridge measures 13.42K – So I assume 490R in the bridge and either a 498T or 500T in the bridge position – Looking at various data them I’m leaning towards a 498T
- Re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings and a slick action that will respond to a light touch
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 – Lush tones from the neck that ooze quality with crisp clear highs – For many, bone crunching riffs to screamin’ lead breaks are what a bridge pick-up is all about when you talk about an LP Custom – Yet back off on the gain for more of a melodic approach that suits the jazz/fusion player
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