In this live performance of "Working Class Hero" (a cover song of the original one by John Lennon), we can clearly see Billie Joe using this quite rare guitar. We can see him holding it in some photos from a photobook too. This guitar mixes the perfection of a Custom Shop Gibson with the aggressivity of two P90 pickups. And it's very good-looking too!more
“1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom fretless wonder. Mr. Polfus’s favorite version of his signature model. His theory and correctly so was the lower the frets the lower the action hence the faster you play. He was right until the advent of extreme bending of strings in the blues rock world made the custom in its stock forum virtually unplayable. This particular guitar is a ok not a spectacular version of the 55 Custom. Proving not everything old is great," Joe Bonomassa says, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/guitar-of-the-week-21-1955-gibson-les-paul/).more
On page 21 of this [article from *Guitar Interactive Magazine*](http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?eid=1ed8a413-ccc6-4039-b02d-a9f38721ecb5) there's a video of Phil Harris with Paul's custom Black Beauty. Phil says about the guitar "it’s a great guitar because it actually signifies the start of Paul Kossoff’s interest and passion for the Les Paul."more
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