How Wacky is this? Introducing the Gibson Custom Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom - Silver Sparkle, Flamed Maple Neck... now that's a mouthful.

Perhaps one of the strangest Les Pauls out there, Sweetwater's "Modern Beauty" Les Paul Custom was introduced in 2015, and extremely few were made - the total production number could be counted on one hand. Needless to say, they almost never come up for sale. The "Modern Beauty" series was revamped in 2016 with different finishes and flame tops, but the Silver Sparkle remains the model that started it all - and has a vibe all of its own!

The Modern Beauty brings the Les Paul Custom into the 21st Century with a couple notable features. First of all, there is the 5-piece flamed maple neck. Coming from 2015, it has a real rosewood fretboard instead of the Richlite of the era. It has an ABR-1 Bridge, like a reissue style Custom, but it has special electronics - Push/pull controls, which originally split the pickups on both the volume controls (however, the Super Distortion is not wired to be splittable in the current wiring configuration) , and the neck tone has a phase inversion control feature. And, it came stock with locking Grover tuners!

The bridge pickup on this example has been replaced with a DiMarzio Super Distortion - the best pickup of all time! Just ask (or listen to) Ace, there's simply nothing better than a Super Distortion-equipped LPC through a Marshall stack! But, the original 4-conductor Custombucker is included if you should choose to swap it back in.

Condition is "Very Good". Hardware has some tarnishing. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a DiMarzio Super Distortion, but the original CustomBucker is included. The coil split function for the bridge pickup is not currently wired to be functional. Neck pickup split and phase inversion function are still intact. The neck pickup is the original CustomBucker. There are light scratches throughout. The back has light impression marks. There is some staining/scuffing to some areas on the back and sides. There is staining to the corresponding areas in the case. The case has some scratches. Includes pictured case candy, COA, pickup, and hang tags.

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Weight: 9 lbs 3 oz

1st Fret Thickness: .84 in

12th Fret Thickness: 1.00 in

Nut Width: 1.70 in

12th Fret Width: 2.08 in

Here is Sweetwater's original description (keeping in mind that the bridge pickup has been replaced and its coil split functionality is currently null, the entirety of the following description does not apply):

Sweetwater-exclusive Les Paul Custom!

Looking for a unique guitar with classic appointments? The exclusive Gibson Custom Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom solidbody electric guitar unites classic Les Paul Custom design, premium tonewoods, and modern electronics.
The mahogany body, hand-picked maple top, 5-piece walnut/maple neck, and rosewood fretboard give you crystal clear attack, big sustain, and definition. And with dual Custombucker pickups, with coil tapping to switch between humbucking and single-coil operation, you'll have all the classic guitar tone you can handle with this Sweetwater-exclusive Les Paul Modern Custom!

Gibson Custom Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • Sweetwater-specified combination of tonewoods
  • Classic PAF sound with a pair of Custombuckers
  • Gibson Custom quality

Sweetwater-specified combination of tonewoods

The Gibson Custom Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom combines the a mahogany back with a hand-selected maple top to give you fat sustain with a punchy top end. The 5-piece flame maple/walnut neck topped with a rosewood fretboard offers smooth playability and great looks. It's a perfect recipe for those big tones.

Classic PAF sound with a pair of Custombuckers

Gibson Custom analyzed the sound of the original PAF humbucking pickups and re-created that vibe with a pair of Custombucker humbuckers. These pickups use period-correct wire and a precise number of turns to create the tone we all know and love. You'll love the tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet highs you'll get out of the Custombucker pickups - it's everything you expect when you pick up a Les Paul! But there's more! The volume and tone knobs feature a push-pull configuration that allows you to choose between classic humbuckers and single coils. You can also run both pickups alongside each other in or out of phase for a diverse tonal palette. We know tone at Sweetwater, and these pickups deliver the vintage goodness you want!

Gibson Custom quality

Gibson's Custom Shop took extra care with every detail of the Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom guitar. Every Gibson Custom guitar receives an ultra-precise Plek Pro setup, which optimizes the fretboard and results in incredibly accurate intonation. And little touches, like the narrower ABR-1 bridge and nickel hardware, make this guitar even more distinctive among other Les Paul Customs.

Gibson Custom Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • A Sweetwater exclusive solidbody electric from one of the world's renowned guitar makers
  • Mahogany body and hand-selected figured maple top deliver killer sustain
  • 5-piece maple/walnut neck is unique and smooth playing
  • Gibson Custombucker pickups offer a massive range of fat, snarling tone
  • Push/pull coil taps let you get both humbucking and single-coil tones
  • Push/pull phase control lets you get classic out-of-phase tones
  • Nitro finish, for the look and feel of a classic
  • Custom Shop hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity included

Add a unique and rare guitar to your arsenal with the Gibson Custom Sweetwater Les Paul Modern Custom electric guitar!

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Listed2 months 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
  • Custom Shop Special Order Les Paul Custom Figured
Made In
  • United States
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Model Family
  • Gibson Les Paul
Model Sub-Family
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom
Body Type
  • Solid Body
  • Gibson Custom Shop
Number of Frets
  • 22

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