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Guitar of the Day

Love the vibe of early Les Pauls, circa 1954? There’s no question that the fat, chunky necks and combo wrap-around bridge/tailpiece of the time contributed to a very special tonality, resonance, and sustain. But the original ’54s were loaded with P-90 pickups, which aren’t to everyone’s liking. If you want that vintage ’54 vibe but with a thicker, chunkier tone, then today’s Guitar of the Day is for you!

The Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Standard VOS Humbucker recreates the Holy Grail of early Les Pauls but enhances all of that Gold Top goodness with a pair of BurstBucker humbuckers for a tone as fat as you can imagine! You get a thick mahogany body capped with carved maple top, a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, a nitrocellulose lacquer finish, trapeziod inlays, vintage tulip tuners, and much more.

The neck has that awesome ’54 profile neck carve. We’re talking baseball bat/tree trunk here — in a good way! A neck this thick makes a huge contribution to the tone and sustain of the guitar. Then there’s the wrap-around bridge/tailpiece, which is believed to improve energy transfer with the body due to its minimal contact with the strings. The wrap-around design also makes string bending easy, even with heavier strings. Combined with a Burstbucker 1 pickup in the neck and a BurstBucker 2 pickup in the bridge, you get a versatile, huge-sounding instrument that is a dream to play!

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