A tradition of effortless playability
The Gibson Les Paul Custom is well known for its playability; many guitarists use the word “effortless” to describe it. Soon after its 1954 introduction, players (and Gibson literature) started referring to it as the “Fretless Wonder.” It wasn’t fretless, of course, but Gibson had fitted the Custom with flat, low-profile frets, which allowed your fingers to fly over the fingerboard. Today’s LP Custom is equipped with medium-jumbo frets more suited to contemporary playing styles, but ultra-playability remains a hallmark of this iconic solidbody electric guitar.
Carved maple + weight-relieved mahogany = sustain + comfort
Although the original Les Paul Custom had an all-mahogany body, today’s Custom features a carved, 2-piece maple top over a mahogany back. This combo serves up the density needed for massive sustain. For increased playing comfort, Gibson has strategically created chambers within the mahogany body to relieve weight while retaining the characteristic Les Paul sustain. So you can gig all night with this axe, and not have to visit a chiropractor the next day. Gibson’s tone recipe also happens to look amazing when the maple top is visible under a translucent finish. The result is a highly playable instrument that looks and sounds incredible. Gold hardware provides a crowning finishing touch for the Les Paul Custom.
Matched humbucker set delivers a universe of tone
This limited-edition Custom is spec’d with a matched pair of 490/498 humbuckers. Naturally, these pickups really shine when pumping out the classic fat, snarling tone that is the Les Paul’s stock in trade. They are delightfully responsive, though — simply roll back the volume, and they clean up beautifully. Sweetwater guitarists love this pickup combo, and so will you. Whether you’re delivering your musical message with mellow jazz tones, bone-rattling crunch, or a blistering liquid inferno — the Les Paul Custom rewards your touch with world-class responsiveness.
Gibson voiced the pickups on the Les Paul Custom for tonal characteristics similar to their ’57 Classics, but with a slight increase in the upper mids for a more contemporary humbucker sound. The neck-position 490R gives you the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, albeit with a slight upper mid bump, which delivers clarity and definition that complement the wonderfully warm sound of this pickup: great for tasty, chimey rhythm work. Gibson’s 498T Alnico Humbucker is the ideal bridge pickup if your playing requires an emphasis on mids and highs. A high-output version of the 490T, this pickup combines a slightly hotter Alnico V magnet with a specially wound coil combination. The result is increased crunch and sustain — a potent sonic elixir for heavier music styles. Each pickup’s pole pieces are aligned to match the string spacing at the neck and bridge, respectively.
Nitro finish, for the look and feel of a classic
This Les Paul Custom Limited wears a gorgeous nitro-cellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes – standard back in the day – are significantly thinner than today’s polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to “breathe.” Nitro finishes not only look vintage-y wonderful; they also enhance the instrument’s tonal qualities. This guitar has the look (and feel) of a lovingly cared for classic – one that will only improve with age.
Body Type: Solidbody, weight relief
Body Shape: Les Paul
Number of Strings: 6
Body Material: Mahogany
Top Material: 2-piece Maple
Body Finish: Nitro-cellulose Lacquer
Colour: Alpine White
Neck Material: Solid Mahogany
Neck Shape: Medium C profile, Long tenon
Fingerboard Material: Richlite, bound
Fingerboard Inlay: Custom Block Pearl
Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length: 24.75″
Nut Width: 1.687″
Nut Material: Corian
Bridge/Tailpiece: Gold Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Tuners: Kidney Grover
Neck Pickup: 490R Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: 498T Humbucker
Controls: 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
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