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Guitar of the Day

So let’s say you want – or maybe even need – to buy a new guitar, but the thought of walking on stage with something that looks like it was built last week and bought just yesterday gnaws at you. After all, you’ve been playing for years (or maybe even decades) and you want a guitar that will reflect that fact to your audience without you going up to the mic and spelling it out for them. If that sounds like you (and trust us, it’s a feeling we know all too well) drop everything and have a look at this Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom P-90; it just might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re in the market for a Les Paul. An Antique Ebony finish is usually reserved only for the pricier Les Paul Custom, but what really blew us away was the amazingly authentic antiqued multi-ply binding. It’s sort of a dark ivory color – exactly the shade that white binding turns on a guitar that was finished in nitrocellulose lacquer and then played in smoky bars and clubs for 40 or more years! It simply looks magnificent!

With this Les Paul Classic Custom P-90, you get a brand new guitar that will look to your audience like a true vintage instrument. The P-90s are a revelation. They can deliver a brighter sound than a standard humbucker, yet if you roll off the highs, the result is much warmer and fatter, so you can achieve a richly saturated lead tone using either pickup. Other features you’ll love include a deep carved maple top, a mahogany back and neck with the fast 1960-style “slim taper” profile, plus an ebony fingerboard with the classic trapezoid inlays. Even the fingerboard has the antiqued binding, as does the headstock, which is multi-ply, just like the guitar’s top. The finishing touch is the addition of gold-plated hardware, including a gold truss rod cover. Only 400 of these are being built world-wide! This will be a dream-come-true for the right player and it comes with a plush-lined reptile-pattern hardshell case. Check out the photos and see if you don’t agree that this is a truly special instrument for a truly special guitarist!

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