Presenting the Gibson VOS SG – Les Paul Custom — “Beauty in gleaming white or cherry red that must be seen. Wonderfully clear bell-like tone that must be heard. Fast action that should be tried … soon. By Gibson, of course.” So says a 1961 advertisement for the new Les Paul Custom, renamed the SG Custom in late 1963.
The introduction of the remodeled Les Paul models of the early 1960s sought to bolster Gibson’s reputation as a quality builder of electric solid body guitars, something the Les Pauls of the late 1950s had failed to do. And although those Les Paul models of the late 1950s would eventually become the world’s most iconic six-stringed instruments, the introduction of the redesigned models in 1961 would also signal an important new era in electric solid body design. Characterized by a much thinner body with two cutaways, pointed horns, beveled edges and no body binding, the new Les Paul Custom – as it was called until 1963 – signaled the end of the ¾-size versions of the Les Paul Junior and Les Paul Special, leaving the Melody Maker as the only ¾-size Gibson model. This sleek-looking new design, however, didn’t immediately grab the guitar world’s attention, and sales of the new model continued to hover below 1,000 units per year until the 1970s. Additionally, Les Paul himself did not fully approve of the new design, which lead to the removal of Les Paul’s name in 1963 in favor of its new name, the SG Custom.
Today, Gibson’s SG line remains as one of the most popular and best-selling of all Gibson guitars, and the SG Custom from Gibson Custom is a painstaking recreation of this iconic instrument, circa 1963. Its distinct features and legendary tone are meticulously remade with all the precision and accuracy expected from Gibson Custom, including its solid mahogany body with twin cutaways, pointed horns, beveled edges and gold-plated nickel hardware. Other standard appointments include its pearl block fingerboard inlays, single-ply white binding along the fingerboard and a 1960s slim-taper neck profile. Its legendary tone comes from three ’57 Classic humbucker pickups, which are manufactured to the exact same specs as Gibson’s original PAF humbuckers, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring, which are coated with polyurethane to eliminate thin or thick spots on the wire. Wax potting also removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback. Each SG Custom comes with a standard Gibson Custom case, a custom care kit and certificate of authenticity. They are available in a V.O.S. or gloss finish, in either Classic White or Faded Cherry. They can also be ordered with an original Maestro vibrato tailpiece, or with a lightweight aluminum stopbar.
Gibson VOS SG / Les Paul Custom
* 1 21/32″ wide nut
* bound ebony fingerboard
* mother-of-pearl block fingerboard markers
* bound peghead with split-diamond inlay
* medium elliptical neck profile
* gold plated Gibson Deluxe vintage style tuners
* three Gibson ’57 Classic humbucking pickups
* Maestro vibrato tailpiece
* Classic White lacquer finish
* hardshell case
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