Gibson 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom ‘Black Beauty’

Wikipedia quote:
“The Gibson Les Paul is a solid body electric guitar that was first sold in 1952. The Les Paul was designed by Ted McCarty in collaboration with popular guitarist Les Paul, whom Gibson enlisted to endorse the new model. It is one of the most well-known electric guitar types in the world, along with the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster.”

Gibson quote:
“The 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom has a high-gloss nitrocellulose Ebony finish, multi-ply binding on body and headstock, an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block markers, a larger headstock with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlay, and gold-plated hardware throughout.”

My LP has black ebony finish with ‘aged white’ trim and hardware includes gold plated Grover tuners, gold tune-o-matic bridge and gold stop tail. The physical guitar is designed to mimic the 1960 LP Standard shape and neck used by Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin’s guitarist).

I have modified the electronics myself, because I didn’t like the Burstbuster pickups and I wanted the ‘Jimmy Page wiring’. I chose the GFS bridge and neck “Vintage 59” Alnico Gold Humbucker pickups, which are very close to the original Gibson PAF (patent applied for) pickups, GFS quote-” a little hotter, a little warmer, a little fuller- a LOT cheaper!”. The wiring follows the Gibson 1995 Jimmy Page wiring schematic that uses push-pull Pot switches for all four volume and tone controls. The GFS pickups provide a wire pair for each coil (4-wires per pickup) that can support single coil, split coil, inverse phase coil or normal Humbucker wiring schemes. This allows for many tone variations from the two Humbucker pickups through the use of both the “Rhythm/Treble” pickup selector and the push-pull controls.


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