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June 2017 Giveaway

Guitar Of The Day

When Les Paul was working with Gibson to develop the instrument that would forever bear his name, he originally asked for just two colors, gold and black. When Gibson built the first Les Paul Customs in 1954, they made them in a solid black finish with multi-ply body binding. This guitar was almost instantly dubbed “The Black Beauty,” though Gibson advertised it as “The Fretless Wonder” due to the use of very low, flat fretwire, which was actually different from wire used on all the other Les Pauls. The Custom was also the very first Gibson to feature the ABR-1 bridge. Early Les Paul Customs had P-90 pickups, but by 1957, it finally had a set of Gibson Humbuckers. This ’57 reissue of the classic Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” is accurate right down to the tiniest detail. And it comes with something that’s almost impossible to find on any other Les Paul, a real Bigsby vibrato tailpiece (which some players simply love). Other cool features include gold hardware, multi-ply binding front and back, an ebony fingerboard ,and real “mother of pearl” block inlays. Play the Black Beauty and you’ll be convinced that Gibson is truly “making them like they used to.”

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