This Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom sat on the wrong hanger overnight and developed a little headstock rash. This primarily seems to happen with these Alpine White Les Pauls. Check the pics to see what I'm writing about. It doesn't impact playability and someone deft enough could probably make it disappear with enough elbow grease (sandpaper, sweat, maybe some tears...) The Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom in Alpine White is a truly tasty version of the LPC that has all the good stuff! The Custom has always been the most elegant, classy-looking LP money can buy and this guitar showcases that perfectly. From the freshly fallen snow look of Alpine White to the multi-ply's of binding on the body and headstock, and Block Mother of Peral Fingerboard Inlays, this Custom is one of the most captivating Les Paul's we have stock!
The ingredients are key; a mahogany body, a carved maple top, a mahogany neck, and a real, solid Ebony Fingerboard. The 2021 Custom checks all these boxes! Let's break it all down.
The body is made from solid Mahogany, just like they were in the good old days. The average weight on a Les Paul Custom tends to be more than a Standard, about a pound heavier, on average. This one weighs in at 10 lbs 9 oz. The top of the guitar is carved from Maple, a brighter-sounding wood that adds some sweetness to the top end.
The neck is made from solid Mahogany and has a solid Ebony Fingerboard. The fingerboard radius is 12" for a uniformly flat feel. 22 medium-jumbo frets are installed and give you a nice wide surface to do your thing on. Some elegant touches include stunning Mother of Pearl Block Inlays that seem to be a foot deep. Gazing into them is captivating! Classic appointments like 24.75" scale length and 1.69" nut width give this guitar classic Gibson feel. A long-neck tenon adds sustain and stability to the playing experience. This loved but often overlooked detail is found on all the Les Paul Reissues from the '50s and the 1960 LP Standard. It's a top-shelf appointment reserved for top-shelf guitars!
The pickups are the classic Custom combo of a 490R in the bridge position along with a 498T in the neck. These Humbucking pickups are hot but not like the 500 Series. They sing with sustain in the neck and the bridge pickup absolutely rips! A Hand-wired wiring harness with 500K CTS Pots and a 3-way Switchcraft pickup toggle come stock. Each pickup comes with its own volume and tone control for an endless array of tones.
The Gibson Les Paul Custom is loaded with everything one could want or expect. It celebrates what made the Custom an object of desire for 1000's of players along the way. What do Randy Rhoads, Jimmy Page, Mick Jones, Steve Clark, John McLaughlin, Ace Frehley, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, and Adam Jones have in common? You guessed it! The Les Paul Custom!