Sure enough, spoiler or no, Gibson yesterday unveiled this week’s addition to their Guitar Of The Week program (hey, we’re more than half way through,) and since I set out to catalog all 52 instruments, well, here it is––the Les Paul Classic Antique in Faded Cherry.
Simply put, this is one of the finest looking LPs I’ve ever come across, and truth be told, the gorgeous faded cherry finish combined with those topless humbuckers really brings to mind another of Gibson’s latest creations: the John Lennon Les Paul.
Like the other guitars in the LP Classic Antique family, this beauty was built to offer all the standard specs you’ve come to expect from a Les Paul, but with a number of vintage-style touches as well, including what is arguably the most important of them all… a pair of ’57 Classic PAF pickups with nickel polepieces.
The guitar is expected to feature a mahogany body with mahogany top, mahogany “slim taper” neck (24 3/4″ scale-length,) MOP holly headstock inlay, rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and trapezoid inlays, and single-ply binding across the board, including head, body, and neck.
Hardware comes nickel plated, and includes a traditional tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, “Green Key” tuning machines, amber “Top Hat” knobs, ’57 Classic humbucker at the neck, ’57 Classic Plus humbucker at the bridge, dual volume and tone controls with push/pull pots (as yet unexplained,) and 3-way pickup switching.
The Les Paul Classic Antique in Faded Cherry will of course be available in a limited run of 400 instruments––never to be offered again. Sigh. Check out Khriz’s coverage as well.