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This is like the "grand piano in the living room" of all my guitars - meaning I absolutely love the way it looks, it sounds fantastic, but it spends a lot of time in its case. Don't know why, just never adopted it as one of my main guitars. I find Les Pauls to be a tad too heavy for my taste, maybe that's why.. Very fortunate to have it though!
It's a Gibson, enough said
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.
Tonally weighted toward lower notes as standard, but an incredibly versatile foundation for custom modifications
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.
Most Rockin' Guitar
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.