Gibson Announces 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Custom
Black Beauty -
To kick off a very limited edition series of three guitars that
celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Historic Reissues series,
Gibson Custom presents the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black
Beauty-often considered the epitome of the "Black Beauty," and the
first of the elegant Customs to carry the new PAF humbucking
In addition to being both a stunning, period-correct recreation
of the '57 Les Paul Custom and a collectable Anniversary model,
this 1957 Black Beauty marks two very significant milestones.
First, it is the inaugural guitar in a series that will be offered
only in 2013. Limited to 100 pieces of each model, each in the
series is unique and extremely rare. Second, this guitar is the
first run of instruments to be made with one-piece ebony
fingerboards since November of 2011, and is likely to be one of the
With its antique ebony finish, gold-plated hardware, and classic
Black Beauty appointments-including multi-ply body and headstock
binding, pearl block fingerboard inlays and split-diamond headstock
inlay-the 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty is a gorgeous
instrument by any standards. Add to that its 20th Anniversary
medallion, which covers the toggle switch access on the guitar's
back; a custom fitted dust cover with a retro 1993 Gibson Custom
logo; and a one-of-a-kind, hand-made framed Certificate of
Authenticity, and you have a unique and memorable instrument worthy
of this milestone in Gibson history. Also, to help ensure that the
exclusive 100 owners of this special guitar can keep it in "like
new" condition for years to come, we even include a pair of white
But don't be afraid to rock out, either. The 20th Anniversary
1957 Les Paul Black Beauty is primed for tone just as much as it is
for looks, with a pair of Alnico III-loaded Custom Buckers, a
solid, one-piece mahogany body, a quarter-sawn mahogany neck with
rounded '50s profile, and Gibson's acclaimed hardware set,
including period-correct "waffle back" tuners. Furthermore, this
limited edition Black Beauty benefits from Gibson Custom's 20th
Anniversary Specifications, adopted for 2013, so the guitar's
deep-set neck tenon is attached with genuine hot-hide glue, and it
carries a Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing. Contact your
authorized Gibson Custom dealer today to get your hands on a true
piece of Gibson history.
Body and Neck
In keeping with the original '57 Les Paul Custom, the 20th
Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty has a one-piece body of
solid mahogany with a carved top, finished in Antique Ebony in
nitrocellulose lacquer. It's quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved
to a full, rounded '50s profile and is topped with a genuine,
one-piece ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and 22
medium-jumbo frets. Its Custom-profile headstock is trimmed in
multi-ply binding and carries a mother-of-pearl split-diamond
Pickups and Electronics
The 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty carries Custom
Buckers with gold-plated covers. Designed specifically for this
limited edition guitar, these pickups are made with genuine Alnico
III magnets and coils wound with unequal turns of 42 AWG wire for
that characteristic PAF depth and bite, with a slightly overwound
bridge pickup for added punch in the lead position. Its traditional
control complement includes two independent volume and tone
controls, with "Bumble Bee" tone caps on the latter, and a
three-way toggle switch.
Hardware and Plastics
The gold-plated ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight
stopbar tailpiece partner with a set of authentic gold "waffle
back" tuners. A black multi-ply pickguard, black top-hat knobs, and
engraved "Les Paul Custom" truss-rod cover complete the authentic
Case and Extras
In addition to its Custom Shop case, owner's manual, and
adjustment literature, each 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black
Beauty comes with a framed, handmade, one-of-a-kind Custom Shop
20th Anniversary Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity, along
with a custom-fitted dust cover with retro 1993 Custom Shop logo, a
pair of white gloves, and a stamped brass "20th Anniversary" toggle
switch cavity cover (with a spare standard plastic cover in the
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