Well, Gibson just unveiled what is evidently Guitar Of The Week #34––the Les Paul Standard 50’s Neck––and while in my mind it’s one of the better looking guitars to come out of this whole year-long series, other than that handsome finish I’m not at all sure what makes it qualify as a custom instrument.
Decked out in Gibson’s Satin Antique Walnut finish, and bearing a 1950s rounded profile mahogany neck, this newest Les Paul appears to otherwise be carrying pretty traditional LP Standard specs.
Features include a carved maple top w/single-ply binding, mahogany back, rosewood fretboard with 22 frets (24 3/4″ scale length,) trapezoid inlays, single-ply fretboard binding, gold “top hat” knobs, and nickel-plated hardware to include a tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and green key tuners.
Electronics include a topless ’57 Classic humbucker w/nickel polepieces in the neck position, ’57 Classic Plus humbucker in the bridge position, dual volume & tone controls, and 3-way pickup switching.
The Les Paul Standard 50’s Neck will ship with a black reptile pattern hardshell case with white plush interior, and will of course be available in a Limited Edition run of just 400 instruments.