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Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 VOS Reissue Black, 1992

Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 VOS Reissue Black, 1992

Introduced as the top of the line in elegance and function, the Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 model was presented in tuxedo style finish – black, white trim, and gold hardware. Unlike the original Les Paul gold-top models which paired a carved Maple top with a mahogany body, the new Custom’s body was entirely Mahogany. New hardware appeared, as well; the new, gold-plated ABR ‘tune-o-matic’ bridge and stop tailpiece, and the Seth Lover designed, single coil ‘staple top’ Alnico V neck pickup with a P-90 at the bridge.

Price: $4199.99 CAD
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❌ Sold ❌ Gibson Les Paul Custom Black, 1997

❌ Sold ❌ Gibson Les Paul Custom Black, 1997

For its initial 1954 appearance, the Gibson Les Paul Custom differed somewhat from the 1952 Les Paul models in a manner not visible to the eye. Under the black finish was a solid Mahogany body with carved top, instead of a carved Maple cap on a mahogany slab. This construction continued for most Les Paul Custom models until 1961, when the line was completely revamped into what we now call the SG. When the original Les Paul design re-emerged in 1968, the Custom received the standard Maple cap.

Price: $2999.99 CAD

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Gibson 1954 Les Paul Custom Reissue Black, 2000

Gibson 1954 Les Paul Custom Reissue Black, 2000

The Gibson 1954 Les Paul Custom was introduced as the top of the line in the new concept of the solid body electric guitar. Gibson had been producing electrified guitars since at least 1936, using designs like the Charlie Christian pickup on archtop and Hawaiian models. Ted McCarty, then president of Gibson and keenly aware of the competitive potential of Leo Fender’s designs, worked with Les Paul to produce a solid body electric worthy of the Gibson name.

Price: $4500 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom VOS LPB-4 Black Beauty, 2011

❌SOLD❌ Gibson Custom 1954 Les Paul Custom VOS LPB-4 Black Beauty, 2011

Introduced in 1952, the gold-topped Gibson Les Paul quickly underwent a series of changes and in 1954, the top of the line Les Paul Custom ‘Black Beauty’ appeared, clad in a simulated tuxedo.

Price: $5500 CAD

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