If you’re in the market for a nicely priced LP with a distinctive design, you may want to take a closer look at this… Gibson this week has announced the eminent release of a their new Epiphone ‘70s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback.
Apparently based on the popular Arctic White-finished Les Pauls of the 1970s, this latest release features an “aged” Antique Ivory top paired with an Ebony Black finish on the back, sides and neck –– hence the name “Blackback.”
Decked out in gold hardware, the LP Custom Blackback sports a pair of Alnico-V “open-top” humbuckers (an economic remake of the Gibson ’57 Classics,) with the bridge pickup slightly over-wound for extra “crunch.” Other features include a solid mahogany body, solid mahogany neck, popular SlimTaper neck profile, and a 12″ radius ebony fingerboard with 22 frets.
Hardware is expected to include a LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge, classic stopbar tailpiece, an Epiphone-exclusive non-rotating, heavy-duty output jack, black knobs with metal “witch hats” inserts, Grover tuners, 3-way pickup switching, and dual Volume and Tone knobs.
The Epiphone ’70s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback will ship with a hardshell case, and is currently listed at a number of online retailers as “available for pre-order” at a price of just under $700.