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2007 Gibson Les Paul Custom. Black. Mint. #01399.
Color: Black, Rating: 9.50, Sold (ID# 1399)
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2007 Gibson Les Paul Custom.

 

Ricky Nelson's '68 Les Paul Custom - Re-Born

 

This dark and sultry guitar is a one-off, custom prototype for a Rick Nelson Signature Model, painstakingly recreating the Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty that Nelson played and is seen defiantly holding on the cover of his classic album, Garden Party. It's the guitar that, more than any other, put the rock in Country Rock, a genre that Rick Nelson spearheaded. This Gibson Custom Shop "Third Version" Les Paul Custom weighs just 9.30 lbs. (thats light for a '68 Custom) and has a nice, fat nut width of just over 1 11/16 inches, a wonderful super-fat neck profile, and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Solid mahogany body with maple top, one-piece mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and inlaid pearl block position markers. The body of the guitar has seven-ply binding on the top and five-ply binding on the back, the headstock has five-ply binding, and the fretboard is single-bound. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl five-piece split-diamond inlay. Two-layer black on white plastic truss-rod cover with "Les Paul Custom" engraved in white. Individual Grover Rotomatic tuners with half-moon shaped metal buttons. Serial number "078348" stamped into the back of the headstock. Two WCR pickups custom wound to 1968 specification with very high outputs of 17.76k and 18.04k. Five-layer black over white plastic pickguard. Four controls (two volume, two tone) on lower treble bout plus three-way selector switch on upper bass bout. Black plastic bell-shaped control knobs with metal tops. Gibson Tune-O-Matic retainer bridge with metal saddles and separate stud tailpiece. All hardware gold-plated. Complete with the original Gibson Custom Certificate of Authenticity "68 Custom VOS / 078348". Original hang tags, cord, polishing cloth, warranty, truss-rod adjuster, and case key. Housed in the original five-latch Gibson Custom black shaped hardshell case with maroon plush lining  (9.25).

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