2012 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom – £2299
NEW ARRIVAL Possibly the most recognisable of all Les Pauls, the Custom has long been regarded as the ultimate Les Paul – and with this Custom Shop model, Gibson have really out done themselves. The first thing to mention is the Heritage Cherry finish, which is just beautiful, and contrasts really well with the black and gold hardwear, all set off by the multi layer binding. Then there’s the tone – the pickups are Gibson’s 490R in the neck position, which offers the tonal characteristics of the original PAFs, and the 498T in the bridge position, which swaps the 490R’s Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs. Finally the playability, which is excellent, the neck has a full C profile, with a 1 11/16” nut, and the action is very easy. The guitar is hugely versatile, taking you from rich blues to biting rock, and everything in-between. The guitar’s in excellent condition, and comes in it’s original deluxe hard case with Custom Shop certificate.