Rockstar Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead guitarist and vocalist for Green Day, used a Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Electric Guitar back in the days of American Idiot.
Today’s Les Paul Custom is based on the model from the mid-1950s, but with several modern appointments. The body is crafted with a hand-carved maple top, which is fitted to a body made from a solid piece of mahogany with strategically routed holes to lessen the weight of the guitar, resulting in a Les Paul with enhanced acoustic qualities and improved resonance.more
In this photo, one can see Richards with a Gibson Les Paul Custom. [Gibson](http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/keith-richards-0502-2011.aspx) writes : "By 1966, Richards was using three-pickup Les Paul Customs (the so-called “Black Beauty”). He had four, at least. He first used one in ’66, but that was stolen on tour in 1967. He purchased a new one in London, and this one was later painted by himself and then-partner Anita Pallenberg. It is now apparently owned by a U.K. guitar collector. So why did that one go? Various stories say Keef gave it away or forgetfully left it in a Canadian guitar shop. He bought two new Les Paul Customs for the Stones’ 1969 tour, and used one for open-G tuning on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man” (live), the other in standard tuning. Both these Black Beauties were reportedly stolen from Nellcote in July 1971. Bad luck or simple carelessness? By ’73, Keef was still using a ’54 Custom for “Midnight Rambler” on The Stones’ ’72-73 tours. The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus film shows Keith rocking one of his early LP Customs."more
"Berry played a black Les Paul Custom and, in the ’80s, a Gibson Lucille signature model," states [this article](http://www.guitarplayer.com/guitar-player/1011/10-ways-to-play-like-chuck-berry/25262). [There is also a photo of him and that particular guitar.](http://www.tdpri.com/forum/attachments/other-guitars-other-instruments/133467d1341472037t-famous-guitarist-playing-guitar-they-not-famous-playing-chucklespaul-jpg)more
"Pete Townshend’s occasional use of a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” guitar. Notably seen on “Relay” as mimed on the Russell Harty Show television program, 3 Jan. 1973. The Black Beauty featured one black P-90 pickup in the bridge position and one Alnico V pickup in neck position."more
Paul Banks of Interpol can be seen playing a black Les Paul Custom, one of his primary guitars. This photo of him is from their Coachella 2011 performance (originally sourced from rock.about.com). His Les Paul Custom differs slightly from a completely stock version, since he has removed the humbucker covers.more
In addition to the G&L guitars, Cantrell plays a Gibson Les Paul Custom. “You know, pretty much within key to my sound all along,” he says at (3:09). “I play them both, depending on the song.” You can also see Jerry using this Les Paul live [here](http://youtu.be/woK6p_fD7Sk?t=16m31s)more
"Literally hundreds of instruments passed through his hands in the Eighties alone, from the trusty black 1972 Les Paul Custom that he used to record the band’s early albums to various Kramers, Charvels and Hamers in every imaginable shape." - [*Guitar World*](http://www.guitarworld.com/node/19047).more
"This guitar was reportedly borrowed for use on SY's July 18th 2000 appearance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', performing 'Nevermind'. Supposedly Thurston's maroon Les Paul was unavailable so they rented a "real" Les Paul -- which Thurston liked so much, he purchased a new Les Paul for himself for the west coast July 2000 tour. However, the matching 'Terrence & Philip' stickers on Lee and Thurston's guitars for this performance are curious..." - [Chris Lawrence](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr108.html).more
On a [Gibson's website](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Stone-Sour-s-Corey-Taylor-Talks-Les-Pauls.aspx) interview, Corey Taylor answers in response to the guitars he uses: "For recording, I have a bunch of different Les Pauls. I’m such a spoiled Les Paul kid, it’s not even funny! I’ve been collecting them all over the world. I have a great ‘84 Silverburst. I’ve got an old, 1960 reissue, and I used a couple of those on the new album."more
"...a little more subtle on the binding. I didn't want it to look too blocky. And then, I don't know if you can see on camera, but all the parts are chrome." (4:30) Tommy Thayer shows off his new white metallic Gibson Les Paul Custom in this [rig rundown](http://youtu.be/Dg2fRBXhB6Q?t=4m20s) for Premier Guitar.more
> “Around 1974, I walked into a store in Westchester, Pennsylvania, and saw this and another Custom with P-90s hanging on the wall and asked if I could play them. Phenomenal! I asked if they were for sale, and the guy said, ‘Not really. Keith Richards’ roadie brought them in for fret jobs about two years ago and no one ever came to pick them up.’ I told the guy that since the work was not paid for, he could invoke a mechanic’s lien, where you send the owner a letter saying that you’re entitled to be paid for your work, and that if you’re not, you can sell the instruments. I asked the guy to send a registered letter to the Stones’ label, which he did, and then a few months later he sent another one, neither of which they responded to. So the guy was free to sell the instruments. I once had to take a pickup out to fix something, and out came a matchbook from the Bag O’ Nails in London, which is a club where the Stones used to play.”more
In this video lesson for Bulletproof Heart, Ray is using a Gibson. I can't exactly identify the model because the video's 240p, so I went with the most plausible choice. If anyone can find a higher res version of this video, please let me know as I'm dying to find one. (NOTE: I FOUND A HIGHER QUALITY VIDEO ON THE GERMAN HOST SITE http://www.bonedo.de/artikel/einzelansicht/play-alike-36-my-chemical-romance.html)more
Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr74.html) says, about Lee Ranaldo's Les Paul Custom: "Used by Lee: 2006 -- D#D#A#D#GG (Incinerate, Rapture?, Pink Steam) & DD#A#D#GC (Sleepin' Around) 2007 -- D#D#A#D#GG (Incinerate, Rapture?, Pink Steam) 2008 -- D#D#A#D#GG (Incinerate, Rapture?, Pink Steam) 2009 -- D#D#A#D#GG (Pink Steam) NOTES: For Sonic Youth's performance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", Thurston had to borrow a Les Paul because his maroon one was unavailable. He liked it so much, he bought his own, which he began using on the west coast tour that started 2 days later. However, he continued using the maroon one more frequently. A few years later, Lee adopted it as one of his main 'Rather Ripped' guitars. Dark tobacco sunburst finish 2 humbuckers Rosewood fretboard 1 toggle switch 4 knobs Black pick guard"more
Fallon uses at least two Les Paul Customs. According to The Music Zoo, where Fallon got those, he had used the ebony one (Ebony 58 LP with a walnut colored back) on "Handwritten". The other one is a Gibson Custom Shop Orange Sunset Fade Heavily Aged R9. More details and pictures on http://www.themusiczoo.com/blog/2013/brian-fallon-of-the-gaslight-anthem-visits-the-zoo/more
In [this article](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/fleetwood-mac-1005.aspx), Lindsey Buckingham's story as a part of Fleetwood Mac is detailed. It says, "Buckingham acquired a white 1975 Les Paul 20th Anniversary reissue model as he joined the band, and it became his main electric guitar on stage. Based on the Les Paul Custom more than the original Les Paul Gold Top, Buckingham’s instrument had humbuckers and was gifted with superb clarity and punch, responding briskly to every nuance of his self-made finger-and-nail picking style."more
When he appeared at the 2010 Dallas International Guitar Festival, Lynch was playing a great sounding Tele copy but suddenly stopped mid-song. While his backing band played on, Lynch wandered offstage having spied a rack of vintage guitars. He snatched a gorgeous 1955 Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty from its perch and though it had no strap and still had the price tag dangling from its head stock, brought it triumphantly back onstage. Ripping into this historic guitar on one knee, Lynch made the $55,000 antique screech and shriek to the delight of the guitar fest fans.more
What was your first guitar? A Les Paul. I can’t remember how old I was. I got a job and saved my money until I had $500. Two months after that, I met Kerry [King], and that’s how Slayer got started. I worked in an office building at the time, and this other band practiced in one of the rooms. After work, I’d go hang out with those guys and play, just to learn the instrument. Kerry was actually trying out for that band, but we were more in tune with one another, musically speaking, so we decided to start a group. He also played with Tom [Araya] in another band, and he knew a drummer that lived on his block. So it all just fell together.more
"To cop some of the Larry Carlton-era sounds, Herington recently picked up a ’70s Gibson Les Paul Custom and upgraded it with larger frets and Lindy Fralin pickups. The electronics are modified in the same way as his ES-336," states [this](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Rig_Rundown_Steely_Dans_Jon_Herington) Premier Guitar rig rundown.more
"Recently, I had the pleasure of watching a performance by Chicago-based instrumental post-rock/metal trio Russian Circles. On the night I took in the show, the band’s guitarist Mike Sullivan was concocting his tone cocktail with a Gibson Les Paul Custom, a slew of effects pedals, two Sunn Model T heads, and Emperor 4x12 and 1x15 cabinets." -Lyle Zaehringer, Premier Guitarmore
Daniel Johns bought this Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar (ebony finish) in late 1997, and it was used for some Freak Show shows in Drop-D tuning and most notably the 1997 Recovery TV show (clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPfu9IeJlvw). Now tuned in Open Db: (Db-Ab-Db-Ab-Db-Db) and used for Emotion Sickness, Without You, Paint Pastel Princess, and Spawn Again since Neon Ballroom tours. Anti Duck Hunting sticker added during Neon Ballroom. Original source: http://bit.ly/1tJMaBAmore
You’ve been around for so long. How have you seen the development of your gear? Have you been changing and adopting to what’s been in the market and do you keep track of that stuff? Not at all (laughs). The thing is, I’m very conservative and traditional. I’ve played the one guitar I always wanted to play, let’s put it like that. I’ve done the Gibson Les Paul customs for many years now and I play them through a Marshall amp, which I think is the most classic and the best-sounding combination you can get. But then again, new gear is coming up. We’ve also used the Kemper amps a little bit for practical reasons and also when the regular amps break down, which they do. The Kemper amp is a really good solution and substitute for it. But like I said, I’m very conservative. All I really want to have is a Gibson, a wah and a Marshall. - See more at: http://metalassault.com/Interviews/2014/12/16/in-flames-guitarist-bjorn-gelotte-talks-touring-gear-more/#sthash.9eHhRyYV.dpuf Multiple References on youtube and wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Gelotte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSXHETQt57omore
According to [this](http://www.guitarplayer.com/artist-lessons/1026/play-like-marc-bolan/13350) Guitar Player article "His go-to guitars included a Gibson Les Paul Custom refinished in translucent orange, a black, tremequipped Flying V, a late-’60s Olympic White Fender Stratocaster, a Veleno aluminum ax, and a Burns Flyte."more
In this picture Chad can be seen playing this guitar. He also owns 2 others Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, a red one cdn.thedeadhub.com/wp-content/gallery/uploads/2010/03/newfoundglorychicago5.jpg and a white one www.mtv.com/news/photos/l/les_paul_players_09/g_new_found_glory.jpgmore
Ryan Mendez has owned several Gibson Les Paul Custom's. It was his first guitar too, as revealed in [this interview](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Yellowcard-Guitarists-Hit-the.aspx). He says, "'When I was 16, I got my first real guitar, which was a black Gibson Les Paul Custom, and it was like a dream come true,' Mendez remembers. 'I come from a background of liking a lot of the harder rock stuff. Growing up, a lot of the artists I listened to used Gibson: Slash, Zakk Wylde, Led Zeppelin. To me, it’s like the classic hard-rock guitar.'”more
This left-handed Gibson Les Paul Custom in Alpine White finish (which has yellowed with age) was bought by Blake Schwarzenbach in about 1995 and used for touring and recording with Jawbreaker (most notably on their last album, "Dear You"), Jets to Brazil, Thorns Of Life, Forgetters.more
"Mainly a 1957 black Les Paul Custom, my Firebird, a Chet Atkins guitar for the Spanish guitar bits, a Guild 12-string acoustic and a 1951 Telecaster. I used my Blade for all the rhythmic parts plus the lead sound on Rayo di Bala, which I was very pleased with. Nearly all the solos are played on a Marshall head straight into the desk, not using a speaker."more
The Stratocaster remains one of Asheton’s primary guitars today (“..because of the whammy bar, and that good, clean sound it gets with wah-wah, that biting, hurts-your-ears sound”), but he also owns three Guild X79s (“It had the good pickups, and it just barked“), a Gibson SG Junior, and a 1969 Gibson Les Paul, which has “great sustain – but if you’ve got it on for a couple hours, it gets heavy on your shoulder,” he said.more
"So, continuing to rummage through the junk under the bed, I pulled this out. It's a Les Paul Custom I acquired sometime in the late 80's. According to the Guitar Dater serial number lookup thing, it was made in Nashville on August 19, 1983 (Production Number: 3) - more info than I needed, probably, but kind of fun to know. I've heard people say that all the post-Kalamazoo Les Pauls were "weight-relieved" or "chambered", i.e. they had huge hunks of wood hacked out of them to make them lighter, and I agree that that seems like a terrible, terrible thing to do. But there's no way this particular one was "relieved" in any way. It's crazy heavy, shoulder-destroying heavy, the heaviest guitar I've ever lifted, the guitar equivalent of a medium sized anvil or a set of encyclopedias. So I guess some specimens must have escaped the chambering. It was my main guitar for a couple of years there in the late '80s/early '90s, after my old SG's neck snapped off. (I had it repaired but looking down at the scar made me sad.) Then when I got the white Junior in '91 or so I immediately retired it, partly because of the weight, but mainly of course because pretty much nothing could compete with a Les Paul Jr. from 1957, funky though it always was. I gotta say though, this thing is solid as they come and hasn't suffered at all from being bashed around by a guy who didn't know how to play for a stretch and then neglected, forgotten, and stored under a bed for 25 years. Been playing it all morning (through that old Mesa Boogie Mark IV I used to use back then) and it's a stout dependable beast, all the sustain you'd want, and a great tone considering the fact that it has those humbuckers. Plus, if I were ever to have to face a horde of marauding Viking warriors on stage, I know the guitar I'd choose as a shield. Sturdy, man."more
In [this article](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Interview_James_Williamson_Return_to_the_Raw) on the making of the Stooges' album *Raw Power*, Williamson's gear at the time of recording is explained as such: "Armed with a 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom driving a Vox AC30, as well as a Martin D-28 acoustic—the latter two of which he borrowed from the studio—Williamson dove headfirst into the recording process. Although he hadn’t previously tried the Vox-and-Paul combo, he was delighted after plugging in. 'That driving sound on the record is a combination of the way I play and the sound I was able to get with the combination of that instrument and that amp. It’s definitely a good sound.'"more
In this interview you can see that Johnny Bond Uses a 2002 Gibson Les Paul that has been equipped with a Bigsby. Artist Quotes ""I literally bought this [a Bigsby-equipped Gibson Les Paul] the other day, in Nashville, towards the end of the American tour. It's a 2002, and our roadie fitted the Bigsby for me, because I do quite a lot of mad dive-bombing stuff."more
Felix states in his setup tour: "Here's my guitar". And to tell that it is Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar, is because of the coloring as well as the glossy metal finish with six strings. On [1:36 minute mark of "Hard vs. Easy" video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWmp0FIOpmc), Pewdiepie plays a small blues lick on this guitar. It is also shown that instead of a stoptail, which is characteristic for Les Pauls, this guitar has a gold Bigsby B7 vibrato.more
In this article (http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/sleeping-with-sirens-guitarists-on-gear-madness-and-pushing-the-limits-618526) Jack and fellow SWS guitarist Nick Martin describe their gear. Jack states he "goes back and forth between" his Gibson Les Pauls. In the photo, you can see Jack playing one of said Les Pauls.more
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I'm more of a Fender guy when it comes to moving around on the neck and balance, as Les Pauls especially feel very bottom heavy. However, I've always wanted one of these. Can't get over their sound (dat sustain), and I have to have one.
I don't like using it for live stuff since it is bottom heavy, but if I'm just recording or playing then it's my go-to guitar. There's a reason they're on the heavy side. The tones are great, and it's got nice action. Les Pauls are rightly at the top of their field. Only thing I don't like, aside for the weight, is the price. But that's coming from a college student whose last five meals have consisted of peanut butter sandwiches and granola bars so, whatever. In the grand scheme of things, maybe $5000 is a reasonable price.
The beautifully designed and sized mahogany body both balances the instrument impeccably and radiates sustain throughout the entire tonal range, with harmonics developing in a linear, predictable fashion as the ambient volume increases. . The intuitively proportioned, narrow neck and fingerboard, combined with its medium scale make extended chords and widely spaced fingering surprisingly easy, taking advantage of an ergonomically radius that comfortably encourages movement along its length, while the full bodied comfortable frets in conjunction with the natural balance reduce tiredness during and after extended playing and exude confidence from all but the least experienced musician. . Gibson's pickups are without doubt clear, articulate and sensitive, with the kind of quiet, cleanliness one would expect from a premium guitar, the ability to register even the slightest nuances at low level and a rich, powerful projection when cranked up that enable the musical purity to cut through the well controlled and subtle microphony that even in the cleanly manufactured wax potted coils, makes its presence felt, but at a level that adds character in spades, rather than the coarse, uncontrolled, discordant fashion of lesser offerings. . Potentiometers, wiring, earthing and shielding of cavities are silent for the most part with little, or no R.F. Interfearance, maintaining the musicality of the outgoing signal. . The machine heads are precise, with little backlash in the gearing and a soft, smooth operation which when set, stays put throughout all but the most vigorous strumming and string bending, making for a. Rewarding rich sounding experience, with minimal need for adjustment due to string creep. . With the attention to quality control in the hardware section, the plating is very even and lustrous, giving yet more reason, if any were needed, to trust in Gibson's ability to produce what is and has been for some considerable time, the industry standard where electric guitars are concerned. . If I HAD to make one criticism, it would be to highlight the guitar's tendency to resonate in a very slightly bass heavy fashion, but that is nothing that can't be allowed for in the choice of strings and amplifier settings........ . By far the biggest accomplishment in my opinion, is the way the guitar lends itself to customisation. Especially in the wiring department. Replacing the bridge pickup with a very slightly "Brighter" one transforms the guitar, in my opinion. Opening its range and vocabulary. Making it by far the most versatile and playable guitar on the market today... . All this being said. These are purely my own, personal opinions, no doubt endowed with just a little positive bias having owned many Gibson Les Paul models over the years. Each one being the leader in its price range.
I love my Gibson Les Paul Custom. It's really a work of art and plays superbly. The setup out of the box was great and you can see why these guitars cost a little extra. The tones are amazing and the playability is smooth.
The tone on this guitar is equally insanely crunchy and undeniably classic. Whenever we write a song that needs that extra "rock n roll" vibe, we bust this thing out and it always delivers the goods. There is a reason that it resides in our studio's most visible spot.
2007 Gibson Les Paul Custom in Ebony. 2007 appears to be the last year that Gibson produced these guitars with ebony fingerboards, before they switched to using Richlite. The guitar has previously been upgraded with a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge position, and has now been fitted with the Seymour Duncan Blackouts Active Modular Pre-Amp.
I've had my Gibson Les Paul Custom for nearly four years now and it's probably my favorite guitar. It plays beautifully and nails the classic Les Paul sound. It's also very versatile, and fits in with both heavy and lighter fare. Definitely a keeper.
I have a '68 Historic. It weights 15 lb and has a neck like a telephone pole and for some reason, I play it better than most other guitars in my arsenal. It just slays. This guitar comes with me on most gigs I do.
personally i think the guitar is over priced for what it actually is, but still never the less still a great guitar, holds up a good set up really well but of course the common g string slip out is common as it is with most gibson les paul