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Gibson Historic VOS 1957 Les Paul Custom 2PU Electric Guitar (with Case)

With BurstBucker pickups and a solid Mahogany body, this guitar delivers a look, feel, and sound that has withstood the test of time. (19) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Gibson Historic 1957 Les Paul Custom

History
The introduction of Gibson's Les Paul Model in 1952 marked the beginning of the electric solid body guitar era. The launch of the company's "deluxe" version two years later - the Les Paul Custom - cemented Gibson's legacy as the industry leader, even though sales numbers didn't accurately illustrate the guitar's early impact.

Nicknamed the "Fretless Wonder" for its low frets, or "Black Beauty" for its rich, contrasting color, the Les Paul Custom was introduced at the same time as the Gibson Les Paul Junior and represented the ultimate in Gibson solid body design at the time. It sold originally for $325, which was $100 more than the regular Les Paul Model.

Body
Several characteristics continued to set the Les Paul Custom apart from Gibson's other models, including its beautiful gloss ebony finish, which had been one of Les Paul's two original color choices (the other was gold) for the Les Paul Model - he felt a guitar player's hands would be more visible to audiences against a black background. Additionally, the Les Paul Custom featured a thicker body design and seven-ply body binding on both the front and back of the guitar to create a visually striking instrument, along with a multi-bound headstock with a prominent five-piece split diamond patterned inlay of genuine mother of pearl - a design that still graces every Les Paul Custom made today.

And while maple tops would come to define the Les Paul Model and subsequent Les Paul Standard, the body of the Les Paul Custom was made entirely from a solid piece of mahogany, with no added maple top. This difference gave the Les Paul Custom a much warmer overall sound, but with incredible sustain and rich, balanced tone.

Hardware
Aside from its obvious visual enhancements, the 1957 Les Paul Custom was the first Custom model to offer the new Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece which had debuted one year earlier on the Les Paul Model Goldtops - a change that greatly improved the overall functionality of the Les Paul. To this day, the Tune-o-matic bridge remains one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered.

The 1957 Les Paul Custom was also the first Custom model to feature Gibson's pioneering humbucking pickup, which was developed by Gibson engineer Seth Lover. Lover began working on a tone circuit with hum-cancelling capabilities sometime in 1954, applying for a U.S. design patent - hence the name "Patent Applied For," or "PAF" - on June 22, 1955. By early 1957, the standard double-coil version of the humbucker pickup had begun to appear on Gibson ES-175s and ES-350Ts, and eventually on the Les Paul Customs of the same year.

Presented as an "upgrade," a three pickup version of the Les Paul Custom was also made available in 1957, complete with a distinct new circuitry that offered a host of new tonal possibilities. The guitar's toggle switch was wired to activate the middle and bridge pickups together in the center position, instead of combining the neck and bridge pickups, which gave the guitar an out-of-phase option that wasn't available before. Both the two-pickup and three-pickup versions of the 1957 Les Paul Custom were also available with a Bigsby "True Vibrato" unit, which was an option available on most Gibson guitars during the 1950s and 1960s.

Near-perfect Recreation
Today's 1957 Les Paul Custom from Gibson Custom is presented with all the historically accurate appointments and legendary tone of the original. No detail is overlooked, including a solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body with carved mahogany top. The headstock is made from Holly head veneer, as opposed to fiber, just like it was in 1957, and the vintage-style kidney tulip tuners are mounted in a straight line, also as they were on the original. The 24 3/4-inch scale length neck is made from one solid piece of mahogany, and attached to the body using a long neck tenon - one of the Les Paul's more distinguishing characteristics of the 1950s. The neck is topped by a 22-fret ebony fingerboard outfitted with pearl block inlays matching the size of color of the originals. Of course, two of Gibson's legendary Burstbucker pickups deliver all the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone by using historically "unmatched" bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. The guitar's Ebony finish also matches the hue of the earliest versions, giving this Gibson Custom model the accurate and distinct appearance of the original model. Other historical appointments include CTS potentiometers, bumble bee capacitors, multi-ply white and black binding on both the top and back, gold hardware, period-correct switchwasher and jackplate and Gibson's traditional early '50s rounded neck profile. The 1957 Les Paul Custom is available with either two or three pickups, in a V.O.S. or Gloss finish, with gold hardware and the option of adding a Bigsby tremolo system. Each guitar also comes with the standard Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity.

Vintage Finish
Aged to perfection, Gibson VOS (Vintage Original Specs) guitars undergo an "aging process" for an oxidized finish and all the dings and scratches you would expect from a well-worn guitar. VOS series guitars look and feel like a 50-year-old guitar should.

This video from Gibson gives a great overview of the stunning VOS series:


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Body & Hardware:
Carved mahogany top

Solid, non-weight relieved mahogany back

Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back

Ebony finish

Gold hardware

ABR-1 bridge, lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece

Neck & Headstock
1-piece mahogany neck w/ long neck tenon

22-fret ebony fingerboard

Pearl block inlays

Single-ply white binding

Early '50s rounded neck profile

24-3/4 in. scale length, 1-11/16 in. nut width

Holly headstock veneer

Vintage tulip tuners

Electronics & Strings
BurstBucker 1 (R) and 2 (T) pickups

CTS pots and bumble bee capacitors

2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch

Vintage Reissue .010 strings

Includes Custom Shop case, and certificate of authenticity.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "The only downside... it won't replace your girlfriend."
Sound: I have had the joy of playing this guitar once in the store, on a 30 Watt Marshall Amp... The purity of the sound is unbeatable. The lows had a thick, heavy crunch on the distortion channel, and the highs rang out clear as crystal. Plus, the intonation is simply incredible on this guitar. Pinch harmonics? Deep, well-defined chords? No problem. Best of all, just a little turn of the volume/tone knobs makes a tremendous difference in the sound you get out of the amp. Simply stunning. Feature: The guitar comes bristling with two burstbucker pickups, which simply kick @$$ and take names. The volume and tone knobs... Even your lowly SG Special Faded comes with those controls, after all, they're very well designed, and they make all the difference in dialing in your sound. I've heard mixed things about the tuners on this guitar, but I didn't experience any problems with them. They hold their tuning very well, and allow for easy, fine adjustments. Last but not least, the Gibson Corporation is courteous enough to give you an EXCELLENT hard-shell case with the purchase of this guitar. Comes with a combination-based lock so that you can be confident that YOU are the only one messing with your guitar. Ease of Use: Each pickup is wired with its own volume and tone knob... and the guitar has a 3-way toggle switch to allow you to switch easily between pickups. Honestly, I doubt it could get any easier, or more intuitive than the design offered by Gibson on this guitar. I believe this may be the most versatile guitar on the market. If I had to describe it in computer terms for you, I'd say this is guitar is the plug-and-play of the guitar world. Quality: Please. This is the flagship of the Gibson Corporation, and the guitar which bears the name of the man who is possibly THE most famous guitarist of the century. Quality isn't even a question. Value: I think this guitar is worth every last penny you have to pay for it. However... $4000 dollars is extremely steep. I would discourage you from buying custom shop merchandise unless you are in a band, or have some easy way to recuperate the money you spend on this guitar. The Les Paul Standard is equipped with the same pickups, and [if I am not mistaken] it has an identical body. That guitar is also priced about $2000 dollars lower. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to deal with Gibson myself, but everyone I know who HAS, has only positive things to say about their support, and the quality of their warranty. If Gibson screwed up your guitar, they'll fix it, or take the crappy one off your hands, and give you a brand new one of the same model. What more can you ask for? The Wow Factor: This guitar is absolutely beautiful. The square inlays on the ebony fretboard are simply stunning... and you can't help but love the sleek, curvy body. Consider the amazing sound, and boundless sustain on this instrument, and you have a winner. Overall: I am going to buy a Les Paul Studio. I can never hope to afford a Custom shop Les Paul, but this is the guitar that sold me over to Gibson once and for all. It is one of only three guitars I ever plan to buy--the others being the SG Standard, and the ES-137.
Style of Music: Classical, Rock, Metal, Alternative
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