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Gibson Custom Shop ’1961 Les Paul’ Limited Edition (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

November 3, 2011
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Serial Number 013762, built in 2011
Pricing $2999 CDN with case
Neck Mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, pearlescent trapezoildal inlays; 24.75″ (62.86 cm)scale length, 1.6875″ (42.85mm) nut width. 60′s C contour.
Frets 22 medium frets; as with most Gibsons, the binding covers the end of the frets.
Body Contoured Mahogany slab body. Controls mounted from the rear.
Finish Cherry nitrocellulose gloss lacquer finish.
Hardware/electronics Hardware is nickel plated and somewhat ‘distressed’ to provide the patina for an aged look. Two humbuckers, volume and tone controls, pickup selector with yellowed switch, Maestro Vibrola. Short pickguard and Gibson Deluxe tuners with keystone buttons.
Playability/Action Plays great right out of the box, and plenty of room to set it up for the demands of any playing style.
Case Original hardshell case included.
Comments This is a pretty faithful Custom Shop reproduction of the Gibson 1961 Les Paul, the first year of the shape that became the SG. With a patina treatment, this guitar looks like it’s been tucked away for years. It’s very resonant and rings; very comfortable to play and the Maestro works well and has another little known advantage – it adds a little bit of weight to the tail, counterbalancing the guitar so it doesn’t have the neck-heaviness that SG’s often do.

The back of the headstock sports a maple leaf ‘Limited Edition’ logo. There are only a few of these guitars, ordered for the Canadian market by Gibson’s Canadian distributor.


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