2011 Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom VOS
with Bigsby Vibrato
Yeah! The Rolls Royce of guitars! Gibson's top-of-the-line Les Paul, the 1954 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty is back! This guitar is a Rock'n Roll icon and Blues favorite among players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Marc Bolan, Billy Gibbons, and Joe Walsh.
Les Paul wanted two colors used on the Gibson guitar that would forever bear his name: gold (for its connection to all things fine) and black (because a player's hands would be easily visible against a dark background). Les got the gold in 1952, but had to wait for the black.
The Les Paul Custom was introduced in 1954 and featured elegant appointments like multiple binding, and an ebony fretboard. The '54 Custom was also the first solid-body Gibson guitar to use the ABR-1 bridge, that familiar piece of hardware we've all come to know and love as the tune-o-matic. Also new that year, Seth Lover, who would soon contribute to the design of the legendary PAF humbucker, developed a new single-coil pickup based on the general proportions of the P-90, but with fully adjustable Alnico V bar-magnet pole pieces for a clearer, brighter, more precise tone. Another first on the Les Paul Custom of 1954, this new Alnico V pickup (also called the "staple" pickup by some), gave added note definition in the neck position, while a traditional P-90 in the bridge position provided its beloved bite and growl. With these appointments, plus a set of upgraded Grover "kidney button" tuners, the "Black Beauty" was unveiled as the 1954 Les Paul Custom, a guitar that lives again in the form of this Custom Shop 1954 Les Paul Custom with Bigsby Vibrato. With its lightweight, non-weight relieved one-piece mahogany body, carved mahogany top, long neck tenon, rounded early '50s neck profile, and all the custom-grade appointments of the original, from pickups, to hardware, to finish, to inlays and binding, the Custom Shop 1954 Les Paul Custom takes you back in time 57 years to a black-tie event, where tone is the guest of honor. It's the creme de la creme, just like Mr. Les Paul ordered.
This guitar rings out natural harmonics and sounds incredible distorted. It also has a beautiful clean tone. There's a bit of extra bite to the sound, a far less muddy tone and the sustain is awesome! You can feel the string vibrations from the neck thru the body. And, with the long neck tenon and the '50s rounded neck profile, it lets you really lean into the neck and dig in for the best tone. The thickness of the neck measures .887 at the first fret and 1.024 at the 12th.
When you pick up a VOS guitar, you will experience the culmination of more than 20 years of effort to give you the look, feel, and sound of a $300,000 original. The appointments are simply the best. The feel of the neck is just like it ought to be and together with a rolled fingerboard binding, you will experience an incredibly comfortable feel. LOADED with an Alnico V neck pickup and a P-90 bridge pickup, THIS GUITAR GROWLS, add a Bigsby vibrato and this guitar will take you anywhere you want to go! This guitar is 100% MINT UNPLAYED UNOWNED AWESOME and it comes complete with the Gibson Historic Hardshell case, COA, hang tags and TONS OF MOJO!
Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom VOS Features:
Solid non-weight relieved one-piece mahogany back
Carved Mahogany top
Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back
1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret ebony fingerboard
Pearl block inlays
Single-ply white fingerboard binding
Early '50s rounded neck profile
24-3/4" scale length
1-11/16" nut width
Holly headstock veneer
Grover "kidney button" tuners
Alnico V neck pickup, P-90 bridge pickup
CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors
2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
Vintage Reissue .010 strings
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