Epiphone introduces the Limited Edition 1970s inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback 09-Feb-11
Here's what Epiphone has to say about their new instrument...
If we wanted to nominate a "king of rock guitar"for the 1970s, the Les Paul Custom would be a top contender. Check out the formative playing of Mick Ronson with David Bowie, Lindsey Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac, Steve Gaines with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Jones with the Sex Pistols, and plenty of others, and a Les Paul Custom is right there at the center of their massive tonal assault.
Bringing a dose of '70s styling to a formidable rock instrument, Epiphone introduces the Limited Edition 1970s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback Outfit. Loaded with all the essential ingredients that have made the Les Paul a classic for more than five decades, and dressed in upgraded appointments that can only be labeled "Custom", this is an axe for players looking to strut their stuff a little differently under the big lights, and to ensure they get heard in the process. When Les Paul conceived the Les Paul Custom model with Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, he saw it as the top model of the line, the "black tie"guitar for formal dress, formal occasions, and professional players.
As such, the Les Paul Customs of the '50s were all-black models with gold hardware. By the '70s, however, a showier Arctic White finish was proving a popular alternative, and this is the look celebrated by the Limited Edition 1970s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback's aged-look Antique Ivory top finish. With an Ebony Black finish on its back, sides and neck to beautifully contrast the rich white top finish, an ebony fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, the classic split-diamond headstock inlay, and gold hardware throughout, this is one of the most distinctive Les Pauls that Epiphone has released in years.
And under their custom gold "open window"covers, a pair of Epiphone Alnico Classic Open-Top humbucking pickups ensure it all translates to unparalleled tonal splendor through your amp of choice, too. Features
Solid, non-chambered mahogany top with Antique Ivory finish
Fast SlimTaper™ "D" neck profile
Equipped with a pair of Alnico Classic Open-Top™ Humbuckers
LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece
Grover enclosed tuners with an efficient 16:1 gear ratio
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