Gibson CS Les Paul Custom '54 VOS "Black Beauty"

Gibson Custom Shop electric guitar Les Paul Custom '54 VOS "Black Beauty".
Gibson CS LP Custom '54 VOS "Black Beauty"

Body: mahogany
Neck: mahogany, rounded early-'50s neck profile
Fingerboard: ebony, 12" radius
Frets: 22 medium jumbo frets
Pickups: Alnico V & P90 single coils
Bridge: Tune-o-matic & Stop Bar tailpiece
Tuners: Vintage Style Keystones
Electronics/controls: 3 positions pickup switch, 2 volumes, 2 tones

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Gibson has forever engraved its name in the hall of fame of guitar, from jazz to rock, blues and metal. Founded in 1894 by Orville H. Gibson in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, the company has revolutionized the guitar world with technical and aesthetic innovations such as the humbuckers or the Flying V, Explorer and Firebird shapes. With ambassadors like Charlie Christian and Slash, or Tommi Iommi and, of course, Lester Polfus, Gibson crosses the ages and musical styles, and stands out as a must-have brand of guitar, both electric and acoustic.

The VOS (Vintage Original Spec) range is a Custom Shop production that recreates the brand's historic models with care, strictly following specifications and selecting all the components (wood, electronics, etc.) and aging them in a light and meticulous way to offer instruments of exceptional quality, faithful to their origins and providing sensations identical to that of a guitar produced at the time, that would not have been played, and carefully maintained during all this time.

True to its DNA, this is a jazz guitar made for rock ! This model recreates the 1954 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty", which is a marvel. The first of its kind to feature a Tune O Matic bridge, it is made of a one piece mahogany body mounted wit a maple top. It is THE original Custom Les Paul, and it's appropriately named: because it's black, and it's a beauty (Gibson's marketing team used to know how to do things back win the day). Lifting it up, the first thing that strikes is its playing comfort: with a C-shape medium chunky neck, this guitar fits in the hand quite nicely. You can easily play steady rhythms and savage leads on this one.

The ebony fingerboard, and the mahogany set neck with a long tenon provide an impressive roundness and sustain, with present but defined basses, rich mediums, and highs full of harmonics, and the tone of the pair of Alnico V and P-90 is as creamy as expected, and although there's that bite, it's not shrill at all. Those who love to play crunches or on the verge of breakup will be delighted. Finally, all the details that made the original a legend are cleverly reproduced to offer an absolutely compelling vintage playing experience.

2 years warranty from our workshop.