Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom Plus 2008 Cherry Sunburst

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If you require a Les Paul that possesses style and elegance, than a Custom is the model that will appeal to many guitar players – Yet is it possible to make such a guitar more alluring ? – How about asking the Custom Shop team to add a figured maple top, that retains the Custom’s seductive appeal, without ever looking over the top – Today, guitar manufactures are constantly running into various environmental issues with regards to the supply of traditional woods – Signs are that it is going to get worse not better – As such, many used classic models are attracting serious interests from players and collectors alike, especially those built with the appropriate ingredients – Take the Gibson Les Paul Custom, which traditionally has always featured an ebony fingerboard – In recent years the availability of new LP Custom’s has been somewhat spasmodic, even those spec’d with a ‘Richlite’ fingerboard – It was not to long ago that Gibson even built a limited run of LP Customs, that were spec’d with a rosewood fingerboard – Whilst I’m sure they are still a nice guitar, that play and sound okay, but an LP Custom should never be equipped with a rosewood board – So with all of the above in mind, how does this used, 2008 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Custom with an enticing figured maple top, grab you – With a classic cherry sunburst nitro gloss finish, on a figured maple top, a multi bound body and headstock facia, bound ebony fingerboard, pearl block inlays, gold hardware, plus the split diamond mother of pearl headstock logo, this LP Custom is more than easy on the eye

In no particular order please read the following evaluation comments :-

  • Part of a small run from the Custom Shop team with a figured maple top – Note CS serial number on the headstock along with a ‘Gibson Custom’ decal
  • Supplied with the appropriate Custom Shop ‘wallet’ certificate, as well as a host of tags and paperwork, including the ‘Gibson Gold Warranty’ leaflet – Also includes a soft Gibson yellow polishing cloth
  • Whole guitar weighs 10lbs and 5oz – a regular feature of a Custom is that they generally weigh more than an LP Standard
  • One piece mahogany body and neck
  • 2 piece figured maple top
  • Smooth ebony fingerboard with a short + tight grain pattern
  • The frets are medium/wide + low/medium in height
  • Supplied with Gibson black case with a soft’ burgundy internal trimming
  • Fitted with a pair of gold strap locks
  • Black ‘speed’ control knobs
  • Gold plated Grover machine heads with tulip buttons
  • Original Nashville tune-o-matic bridge + tailpiece
  • The one piece mahogany neck has some depth to it, with a C profile but nothing that is overly chunky – Measures .834″ around the top nut end and 1.016″ around the 12th fret
  • Both humbuckers are stamped with the usual Gibson info on the base plate, but with no other additional markings and/or appropriate info, I have to assume the neck is a 490R, with alnico 11 magnets, whilst the bridge will probably be a 498T or 500T (both of which are popular options to compliment the 490R and often spec’d on an LP Custom) – The neck measures 7.50K, whilst the bridge kicks out 13.14K
  • Original pots, wiring loom, jack socket and 3 way toggle switch
  • Re-strung with a set of 10’s and set up with a fairly slick playing action that will respond to a light touch

Overall condition :- For a guitar that is now around 13 years old, the overall condition is clean – Look carefully at the gloss finish and you’ll only find very light signs of playing wear/use – At worse, you are looking at slight surface grazes to the top surface of the nitro gloss finish and very little, if any, hints of a ding or nick – You’ll find very little in the way of surface compression marks to the rear of the body – More wear and oxidization to the gold jack socket plate, otherwise the rest of the gold hardware is still pretty clean, with only subtle signs of any wear – Clean frets – So overall a clean and well cared for instrument

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Product Specs

Listed24 days ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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