Gibson Black Beauty - Gibson Custom Shop Limited Edition 1957 Les Paul Custom Lightly Aged •

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Gibson Custom Shop VOS BLACK BEAUTY EBONY Limited Edition 1957 Les Paul Custom Lightly Aged • SN 74443

2014 - in my opinion the best year of the last 20+ much like if not better than the 1990's made by Gibson.  The custom shop team at that time were legendary.  Dave Neely of Neely guitars said:  "This is how they all should be made like in the 1990's". He is Former Gibson employee and tech to many many rock stars.  See his website at Neely Guitars.

Click on the link to see this guitar SN 74443 being demonstrated by Wildwood Guitar Guru on line.  

A run of 25 only were made for the USA by Gibson.  This guitar was selected by the Wildwood staff above others. Here is a quote from their staff followed by my questions and their responses.

"This one is a monster sounding guitar. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!"

A. Fat and full Aggressive Bridge Pickup?
Yes. Big, fat and clear with nice bloom.

B. Creamy and Slight Hollow Body Sounding Neck Pickup?  Powerful sound Very powerful and creamy. Exceptional.

C. Best and Smoothest Ebony Fretboard - like Smooth Stone? Fretboard is perfect

Watching the Wildwood Video is convincing.

I have also attached the specs of the guitar in a photo from the Wildwood website/ management. The original price at Wildwood - $7,999.00.  

9.12 pounds is not just a great weight ---- for many that play Les Pauls 9.0 - 9.5  pounds is the only weight for best resonance and its ability to feel unity with your body.  

The sound of this guitar is HUGE when cranked.

In the video, I believe that he is using 6L6 Tubes but through EL34's - marshall etc - it is also incredible.  Clean - the guitar does it all from Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and more.

It cuts through everything.  I have recorded and played live with 57's over the years and they are one of the few guitars that cut through all instruments to get to the front.  Neal Schon played customs including his Schon Les Paul because this fact. I played one of Neal's personally owned road guitars and did not buy it - this one sounds to my ears better with a fuller voicing-
 It is a Beautiful sounding and playing instrument.

I have owned 2 of these and kept this as one of the last of my favorite guitar stash.  Time to downsize.  It is in  mint to excellent condition (I am very picky and careful with my guitars). This guitar has been kept in a music room - non smoking and cased 98% of the time unless I was playing it. Never played out!  FYI -
The aging on these lightly aged customs includes very light buckle rash on the back.

Photos coming:  I have enclosed photo's. I have also included a photo of the pick guard which I have not used since buying it - and the original screws are included.  2014-15 was a good year for building guitars.  

If you are looking for a custom les paul - it is very hard to find something better unless you will need to pay a lot more.    

Lifton case and all case candy included. Lifton case has some minor scuffs on it as seen in the photos. 

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Mint (Used)
Mint items are in essentially new original condition but have been opened or played.learn more
Brand Gibson
Model Gibson Custom Shop VOS Black Beauty Ebony Limited Edition 1957 Les Paul Lightly Aged • 2014
Finish Aged Black
Year 2014
Made In United States

This was the best online purchase of a guitar I've had in 18 years of buying guitars on eBay, the Les Paul Forum, the Gear Page and Reverb. It’s people like Gary who make buying guitars online a great experience. The guitar was exactly as described, the packing was excellent, the guitar was shipped quickly and the communication was the best I've ever had for an online purchase. The shipping was more than expected and Gary picked up the difference. I highly recommend Gary as a seller.

Steven L. - January 19, 2019

Good communication. Excellent packing

Cortland M. - May 11, 2018

Fast payment through Direct Checkout.

Mike V. - February 05, 2017

Great buyer and a great guy!!! A++++++++++

William S. - July 30, 2016

An absolutely memorable sale! Gary was a blast to chat with. Lots of fun and knowledgeable communication! Hoping to help him out with more of his instrument needs in the future.

Harvey C. - August 10, 2015

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