Model Year: 2001
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guiatr Center
This was made in 2001, the first year the Custom became a Custom Shop guitar instead of a production model. It is a Historic 1957 Black Beauty Re-Issue. This means it has the correct long tenon neck and other consruction details. The binding is the correct thickness and is pleasingly aged so it's not so beached white as previous issues. The ebony fretboard is inlayed with real MOP block inlays, all of which are neatly fitted. The Gibson pickups are clear and articulate, with sweet overtones, yet overload nicely when pushed.
Grover tuners and tune-a-matic/stopbar rounds out the hardware.
The nitro is thin and is already starting to sink into the wood in the back, checking pleasingly.
All in all the build quality of this particular guitar is top notch.
The action on this guitar are excellent. The frets are accurate and well dressed and the neck relief correct with no twisting. The access to the upper frets are is easy.
Sounds sweet and expressive, or savage and heavy.
This is a total tone machine that performs flawlessly and consistantly.
This thing is built like a tank and will definitely outlive me.
The Black Beauty is exactly as it's name says, Black and beautiful, it has a great sound and is completely vintage, no replacements, that why I love this guitar so much.
Model Year: 1973
Where Obtained: eBay
This beautiful guitar was made right here in the USA.
It has a very nice maple body and a ebony fretboard.
This guitar has two volume knobs and two tone knobs,
A switch for Treble, Middle, Rythm, which switches which humbuckers to use. It has a black high gloss finish, and it is styled in the traditional Les Paul Style.
And has Gibson tuning machines.
I have this set to Medium-low action and I have .8 size strings on it, this baby screams, and weeps, and anywere in between. This guitar makes your music pretty. This my FAVORITE guitar out of the 11 guitars I own.
I use this guitar on a Fender J.A.M. amp, and an old Gibson tube amp from the Post war time, and it sounds GREAT! The sound is quite variable and you can get any sound you want out of it, Les Paul was an electronics genius and it shows especially in this guitar.
I've never had problems with it and I absolutley love it,
I've never had a problem with the bridge, tuners, or electronics, the only problem I've ever had, is when it is on it's case it gets out of tune if lay the case on it's back because the tuning machines rub on the inside of the case, as most guitars do when placed in a Gibson case, easily prevented, just lay the case on it's top, there is enough padding that you don't have to worry.