Hailing from the Gibson Custom True Historic series of electric guitars, this is an unbelievable carbon copy of the 1957 Les Paul made for the modern audience. Gibson possess a great desire for accuracy and detail in their instruments, and the 2016 take on a 1957 Les Paul features True Historic appointments to give you the closest feel, appearance and sound to the original.
TRUE HISTORIC MODEL
Gibson have gone so far in ensuring that every last detail in this 1957 reissue Les Paul is as close to the original as possible. Using lab analysis, the luthiers at Gibson Custom have gone back in time to review the designs of the 1950s, from the build specs, to the plastics used right through to the hand-sprayed finish, giving this 2016 model a truly authentic feel. For a genuine, 1950s feel, the top is double-carved by CNC for the perfect dish arch just like the original.
The body is crafted from one, single piece of mahogany which has been chosen by hand, so every model retains a persistent, lightweight feel. As per the original 50s design, hot hide glue is used to join the top and body together for an enduring, secure hold. The Vintage Ebony nitrocellulose finish has also been wet-sanded by hand just how it would have been in 1957, hence its "Black Beauty" moniker.
LEGENDARY NECK DESIGN
The neck has been crafted with as much detail as the body and its hardware. A double-carved mahogany neck is firmly joined to the body and then hand-sanded for a solid, durable playing feel with the 1957 Les Paul Custom profile, as you would expect from an original. Forming a fantastic partnership with the neck is an ebony fingerboard equipped with 22 frets for you to explore freely, and you can be expertly guided by its cellulose block inlays.
Gibson also hand-file the fingerboard binding for a rolled feel which makes playing feel completely organic and reliable.
CUSTOM BUCKER ELECTRONICS
To recreate the well-revered PAF-style humbucker tone, Gibson have elected Custom Bucker pickups to deliver this sound. Powered by Alnico III magnets with #42 enamel wiring, the Custom Bucker pickups are ideal for the 1957 Les Paul True Historic reissue, taking you back in time on a sonorous journey. True Historic pickup covers also feature in a stunning replica gold, giving it a very accurate styling.
Enabling you to control the humbucker pickups, the guitar is fitted with two Volume and two Tone pots with true historic black top hats.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
The 2016 CS 1957 Les Paul True Historic has gold reissue waffle back tuners which are fitted to the headstock. The headstock also has those original "broken" peghead edges and even the thinner peghead veneer which sometimes may go unnoticed although it was a primary feature of the 1950s models.
An ABR bridge with thumbwheels accompanied by a stop bar tailpiece upholds the sustain and improves the overall intonation projected by the guitar.
Every plastic appointment on the guitar is articulately crafted to be just like the original 1957 model; that means the toggle washer, the pickguard, jackplate, pickup mounting rings and toggle switch cap are all accurate replicas.
Gibson supply a reissue Les Paul brown case with a pink fur interior to protect the guitar, and it also comes with a Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity in a binder, as well as an extra black plastic treble / rhythm switch cover plate.
Manufacturer Gibson Custom Model 2016 1957 Les Paul True Historic Electric Guitar Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile 1957 Les Paul Custom Fingerboard Material Ebony No. of Frets 22 Pickup Configuration HH Bridge/Tailpiece ABR with thumbwheels / stop bar Position Inlays Cellulose Block Active/Passive Passive Tuners Reissue Waffle Back Pickups Custom Bucker Controls Lead Volume Lead Tone Rhythm Volume Rhythm Tone Pickup toggle switch Finish Vintage Ebony Included Accessories Gibson Reissue Les Paul Hardshell Case; Brown and Pink Gibson Custom Certificate of Authenticity in Binder Extra black plastic treble / rhythm switch cover plate
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