Gibson Custom took a different approach to this Les Paul Custom Maduro Brown Edition, but the feel and tone is classic Les Paul all the way. Due to disruptions in the supply of ebony, the traditional fingerboard material for Les Paul Customs, this Les Paul Custom Maduro Brown Edition sports a layered rosewood fingerboard. Two thin rosewood pieces are layered together with alternating grain directions, resulting in an incredibly rigid marriage of the two pieces. It's a beautiful complement to the rich Maduro Brown finish, inspired by the color of Maduro broadleaf tobacco. It's a distinctive look to go with the distinctive LP tone you'll get from the 498T/490R humbucking pickups. If you're looking for the epitome of Gibson Custom craftsmanship with a non-standard look, you'll love the Les Paul Custom Maduro Brown Edition.
Tradition dictates that the Les Paul Custom is bestowed with a mahogany body, mahogany neck, and an ebony fingerboard. Due to global supply interruptions, the LP Custom Maduro Brown Edition sports an innovative layered rosewood fingerboard. Created from two thin slabs of rosewood, joined with alternating grain directions, this fingerboard is ultra-rigid and complements the look of the Maduro Brown finish.
Dark and sultry rhythms, crunchy overdrive and searing lead tones are all at your command with the Les Paul Custom Maduro Brown Edition. A 498T (bridge) and a 490R (neck) give you the wide tonal range that made the Les Paul one of the most played and recorded guitars of all time. No matter what style of music you play, you'll find the tone you need with these pickups on this guitar.
Gibson's Custom Shop took extra care with every detail of the Les Paul Custom Maduro Brown Edition. Every Gibson Custom guitar receives an ultra-precise Plek Pro setup, which optimizes the fretboard and nut for incredibly accurate intonation and a "just right" feel. And little touches like the neck/body binding and the 17-degree headstock angle not only add to the amazing tone and feel, they remain true to the Les Paul Custom Series as well as Gibson's history.
As conceived by guitarist and inventor Les Paul and Gibson President Ted McCarty in 1954, the original Les Paul Custom was all about the black-tie looks and elegant appointments, a "black beauty" through and through with a gloss black body, a jet-black ebony fingerboard and top-shelf features. While staying true to the original ethos, the new Les Paul Custom Rosewood Maduro from Gibson Custom also represents a historic marker in time: it's a true evolution of the iconic model to represent the needs both of players and of planetary resources at the dawn of the second decade of the new millennium, the culmination of a long path of alternative wood testing, and the result of extensive query among Gibson's global player base. In so being, it's also a killer-looking, sounding and playing Les Paul, and a new classic of the Custom line. To complement its rich chocolate-brown finish (inspired by the deep color of Maduro broadleaf, used in the making of fine cigars), the guitar carries a bi-layered Indian rosewood fingerboard rather than the traditional ebony fingerboard. This is one of the ways in which Gibson Custom is addressing the challenge presented by current limits in the global supply of ebony, while also keeping the Les Paul Custom Rosewood Maduro true to its designers' stylistic intentions. It enables the use of this new luscious brown finish without the jarring look of a black fingerboard. To suit the tastes of a wide range of players, the Les Paul Custom Rosewood Maduro will be produced in a VOS finish with nickel hardware and more vintage-styled '57 Classic pickups. Both feature traditional Custom inlays and binding, and represent sublime new looks to the Les Paul Custom range, with a nuanced twist on the tone which is nevertheless in keeping with tradition.
Tradition is a powerful force at Gibson, and it is often hard to break. Sometimes the most obvious solutions evade us as we strive to evolve, adapt and persevere. The suggestion to feature rosewood fingerboards on a guitar that always has been built using ebony fingerboards came from the most important members of our R&D team: our customers. With a vote of confidence for a new way forward firmly established, this change in form also paved the way for a stunning new Maduro Brown finish that remains entirely in keeping with the Les Paul Custom ethos. The guitar's two-piece carved maple top is joined to a one-piece mahogany body that is strategically weight-relieved to further enhance resonance. Together with the deep-set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, the Les Paul Custom Rosewood Maduro produces a tone that remains intact when compared to a Les Paul Custom with ebony fingerboard, with a slightly warmer overtone added by rosewood's softer characteristics.
Visually, the Les Paul Custom Rosewood Maduro is as gorgeous as ever. Its dark chocolate rosewood fingerboard beautifully complements the deep chocolate Maduro Brown finish, which looks equally stunning in high-gloss or VOS. All traditional Les Paul Custom binding and inlay elements remain, including the seven-ply black and white body top binding, five-ply black and white headstock binding and headstock binding, single-ply fingerboard binding, black speed knobs, pearl block fingerboard inlays, and iconic split-diamond headstock inlay. On the VOS version with nickel hardware, a pair of '57 Classics yield a tone with more vintage-PAF leanings with a little more "bite" and clarity for those that prefer it to the "hotter" 498T/490R combination. A Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and Grover™ keystone tuners (all gold-plated on the gloss model, nickel on the VOS) further uphold the traditional Les Paul Custom look, while partnering with a PLEK-cut Corian nut for unparalleled resonance and sustain. Both a stunning extension of Gibson tradition, and a thoughtful nod to changing global resources, the Les Paul Custom Rosewood Maduro is a beautiful new addition to an acclaimed line of guitars, and an outstanding addition to any collection. Each guitar includes a Gibson Custom hardshell case, Certificate of Authenticity, along with Gibson Custom's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
Get timeless Les Paul tone with a classy, collectible look with the Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Maduro Brown Edition!
|Body Shape||Les Paul|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Material||Maple top with Mahogany back & sides|
|Binding||7-ply (white/black) on Top, 5-ply (white/black) on Back|
|Neck Shape||Les Paul Custom Profile|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Mother-of-Pearl Block|
|Number of Frets||22 Medium Jumbo|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece|
|Tuners||Grover™ Keystone machine heads|
|Controls||2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way Selector|
|Manufacturer Part Number||HB452C|