Perhaps I missed the announcement during my grief (ongoing,) but it looks like Gibson has introduced a newly innovated re-issue of their ’68 Custom Les Paul––the aptly titled Custom Shop 1968 Les Paul Custom Chambered.
As Gibson puts it, a “More resonant, lighter version of a classic.”
I’d heard rumor that this was already happening with many 2007 LPs (still don’t know if that’s true,) but according to the product specs, this baby sports a lighter, more resonant body than a standard Les Paul; all thanks to strategically placed chambers, which have been routed into the guitar’s mahogany back piece.
According to Gibson, the end result is an instrument with all the bite and tone of a traditional Les Paul, but with even more dramatic sustain, and higher volume… not to mention it’s got to be a hellva’ lot easier on the back.
In an interesting twist, that finish you see is actually Gibson’s gorgeous Pelham Blue, only it’s been yellowed to a cool greenish tint via some premature “aging” or antiquing in the Custom Shop.
Specs Features include a carve maple top, chambered mahogany body, lavish whit/black body binding, single-pice mahogany neck (rounded profile, long tenon,) ebony fretboard with 22 frets, pearl block inlays, and a trademark split diamond headstock inlay.
Hardware and electronics include a pair of ’57 Classic humbuckers, dual volume & tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, ABR-1 bridge, stopbar tailpiece, “kidney bean” tuners, and of course a Gibson Custom Shop case.
There’s no official product page at Gibson as of yet, but the guitar is apparently in stock at Guitar Center and selling for a dangerous $3,349.00… gorgeous though.