Gibson introduces Les Paul Custom Maple in black or white 05-Apr-12
Gibson's Custom Shop tells us that they are putting a cool spin on the original "tuxedo" esthetics of the Les Paul Custom by introducing the limited edition Les Paul Custom Maple. They say that the guitar offers all of the sonic weight and playing feel of the traditional Les Paul Custom with an eye-catching look that really pops on stage. Here's all the details in Gibson's own words...
The Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Maple exhibits a striking new look that really helps you stand out from the crowd--a bold impression further enhanced by a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Ebony or Alpine White with gold hardware. Add the rich, powerful humbucking pickups, classic Custom appointments and hardware, and unparalleled Gibson Custom quality and playability, and the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Maple is a stunning acquisition for player and collector alike.
Although the look is new and bold, the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Maple remains deeply rooted in Gibson tradition. The body is crafted from the classic tonewood pairing of a rich, resonant one-piece mahogany back and a clear, articulate two-piece maple top. The mahogany is strategically chambered to enhance resonance and reduce weight, and joined to a one-piece, quarter-sawn mahogany neck that is carved to a comfortably rounded profile. The custom look and precise feel of the premium maple fingerboard creates a subtle backdrop for the traditional pearloid block fingerboard inlays, while other "upscale" visual features of the traditional Les Paul Custom remain entirely intact. The five-layer body top, back, and headstock binding, mother-of-pearl split-diamond headstock inlay, and single-ply fingerboard binding all link the Limited Edition Les Paul Custom Maple firmly to the first Customs of 1955, as conceived by Les Paul and Gibson president Ted McCarty. One look, and it's no surprise that the maple fingerboard is one of the more frequently chosen options on custom-commissioned Les Pauls.
Of course all of the best of the Les Paul tone is here, too, from the rich, warm, throaty neck pickup sounds to the fiery crunch and wailing lead of the bridge pickup. The 490R pickup in the neck position is a traditional PAF-style humbucker with an Alnico II magnet and moderately wound coils of 42 AWG wire for enhanced breadth and clarity. The 498T in the bridge position also boasts an Alnico II magnet and traditional 42 AWG wire, but its coils carry a few more turns of the good stuff for a hotter output from your "lead" position. High-quality, gold-plated Grover™ "keystone" tuners retain the upscale look, as does the traditional pairing of gold-plated Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. Partner these solid tone tools with a PLEK-cut Corian nut for unparalleled resonance and sustain, and finish it off with Gibson Custom's acclaimed PLEK set-up, and you've got a guitar of unparalleled tone and playability. Each guitar includes a Gibson Custom hardshell case, Certificate of Authenticity, and owner's manual, along with Gibson Custom's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Features
One-piece Mahogany body with Maple top
Maple fingerboard with pearl block inlays
Powerful 490R Humbucker in the neck and slightly hotter 498T Humbucker in the bridge
Gold ABR-1 bridge and stopbar tailpiece
Gold tulip-style tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
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