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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 VOS Reissue Black, 1992


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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. The fingerboard is ebony with Mother of Pearl block position markers, and bound with a single white layer, while the body and head received multi-layer white-black-white material. The frets were quite low and narrow, expressing the ‘Fretless Wonder’ concept.

The Gibson Les Paul Custom was offered in this form until 1957, when the two single coil pickups were replaced with three new Humbucking pickups. The entire Les Paul line received the same radical remake for 1961 into what we now know as the SG. The Les Paul was discontinued from 1963 to 1968, when market interest sparked by British blues-rock players led to renewed demand.

The Les Paul Custom 1954 model was re-issued for 1972 and 1973, and again in 1991 and built until 2013. It follows the 1954 pattern closely, and carries gold-plated Grover Roto-Matic tuners at the head. The solid mahogany body is not weight relived. The frets are narrow, but not as low as the original models, which frankly is a good thing.

This example dates to 1992, and was built at the Gibson plant in Nashville, Tennessee. It is in overall  good condition, with minimal wear, though the top appears to have been refinished; the most noticeable wear is visible on the back in the form of a series of small white dots, with touchups to the binding.  It plays well, and sounds great.

The original Gibson USA branded, brown hard shell case is included.


Price: $3,699.99 CAD
  • Model: Les Paul Custom 1954 Reissue
  • Year: 1992
  • Finish Gloss Black
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 2 4478
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 28/02/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.8lbs 4.46kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.71in 43.5mm
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