You want or maybe even need 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. You’ve been playing for years or maybe even decades and you want a guitar that will illustrate that fact to your audience without you going up to the mic and explaining it to 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; it just might be exactly what you’re looking for. When we laid eyes on it, our first thought was that Gibson is totally on the right track here and we hope they continue, because this is a jaw-dropping instrument. An 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, you get a brand new guitar that will look to an audience like a true vintage instrument. Other features you’ll love include coverless ’57 Classic humbuckers (dead-on replicas of Gibson’s revered PAF pickups), a deep carved maple top, a mahogany back and mahogany neck with the fast 1960-style “slim taper” neck 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. 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!