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True Historic 1957 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty"
The Most Accurate '57 Custom Reissue Yet
$7,699
The True Historic Series from Gibson Custom feature replica-level detail, from plastics recreated based on lab analysis of original 50's parts, to double-carved top and neck profiles and thin, hand-sanded finishes, they are the most complete, accurate and refined recreations of the guitars that form the mid-century legend of Gibson's solid body range. While Gibson's other solid body guitars enjoyed various levels of success, the infamous "Tuxedo" look of the Les Paul Custom has enjoyed a long reign as the epitome of high-style, tone and playability. Today's True Historic 1957 Les Paul Custom is a detailed recreation, true to every aspect of the original's stylish looks, legendary tone and distinct "fretless wonder" playability.
True Historic Plastics Based on lab analysis of original Gibson plastics from the 1950s, the plastics on the True Historics including the Toggle Washer, Cream Jackplate, Cream Pickguard, Pickup Mounting Rings and Toggle Switch Cap have been reformulated and re-engineered to the original specifications of their vintage counterparts. True Historic Pickup Covers Engineered and manufactured to capture every nuance and angle of original vintage pickup covers. Double-Carved Top To capture the original top carve profile of original vintage Les Pauls, all True Historic Les Pauls are double carved by CNC, with the final shape of their dish arch perfected in a hand-sanding process. Double-Carved Neck The necks on all True Historic Les Pauls are double carved and then hand-sanded to capture that legendary vintage Gibson neck profile: the "beefy", solid feel of a beautifully crafted Les Paul that rests in the player's hand like no other guitar. "Broken" Peghead Edges Hand-sanded peghead, neck, and body edges beautifully capture the look and feel of a true Les Paul. Thinner Peghead Veneer While you can't see it on a finished Les Paul, all Gibsons from the '50s had a thinner peghead veneer. From 2015, all True Historic guitars feature this detail in their mission to be as close to the originals as possible. Thinner True Historic Wet-Sanded Finish All True Historic guitars from Gibson are sprayed with thinner nitrocellulose finishes, as were original '50s guitars, and are now hand wet-sanded for beauty and authenticity. Hide Glue Top Construction Along with all hide glue neck construction, Gibson Custom extends the use of hot hide glue to join the back and top of every True Historic guitar, just as it was done in the 1950s. Rolled Fingerboard Binding One of the most magical aspects of an original '50s Les Paul is its smooth, natural playing feel. We hand-file the fingerboard binding on every True Historic Les Paul to capture that feel precisely.
 
Body
Top
Back
Top
Wood Species:
Pieces:
Grade:
Binding: 7 Ply WBW
 
Back
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
Density:
Binding: 5 Ply WBW
Weight
Weight Relief: None
Average Weight (body only): 3.175 kg / 7.0 lbs average
 
Materials Used
Glue:
 
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Hand selected backs
 
Body Contour
Carve: Original 1957 Les Paul Custom
Neck
Neck
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
 
Details
Truss Rod: Historic Reissue-No Tubing
Profile: 1957 Les Paul Custom
Thickness at Fret 1: 2.26 cm /.900"
Thickness at Fret 12: 2.54 cm / 1.0"
Other Materials:
Average Weight: .453592 kg / 1.25 lbs
 
Peg Head
Type: 1957 Les Paul Custom True Historic Holly Head Veneer
Inlay: Les Paul Custom Pearl
Peg Head Binding: 5 Ply WBWBW
Silkscreen:
Headstock Angle: 17 Degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: Diamond Shaped Pearl Inlays-Les Paul Custom
 
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 4 Degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance:
Type: Reissue
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
Gauges Used: Pitch and Alignment Gauge
Nut
Style: 6/6
Material: Nylon
Width: 4.28 cm / 1.687"
Slots: E: .13716 cm / 0.054"
A: .10414 cm / 0.041"
D: .04826 cm / 0.019"
G: .0381 cm / 0.015"
B: .03556 cm / 0.014"

e: .03048 cm / 0.012"
 
Fingerboard
Wood Species: Ebony
Pieces: 1
Shade:
 
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.38 cm / 12"
Frets: 22
Nut/End of Board: 4.28498 cm / 1.687" @ nut, 5.6896 cm / 2.24" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: .063 White
Side Dots (Color): Black
 
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Block
Material: Cellulose
Dimensions: Large: 2.921 cm x 1.7018 cm / 1.080" x .875", Small: 3.937 cm x .6096 cm / 1.375 x .155"
Average Weight: .340194 kg / .75 lbs
Finishes
Vintage Ebony
Color Code: VEB
Surface Texture: True Historic, Wet-Sanded, Thin Lacquer Finish
Filler: None
Sealer: Nitro Cellulose
Top:
Top Coat: Nitro Cellulose
Scraped: True Historic Process To Preserve Soft Neck Binding Profile and Body Binding Ledge
Electronics
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: Custom Bucker Custom Bucker
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5200-5590 5200-5590
Material of Wire (gauge): #42 Enamel #42 Enamel
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375" 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm x .9525 cm / 2.61 x.68 x .375"
Coil Material: ABS ABS
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 47.3075 cm / 18.625" 59.7 cm / 23.5"
Slug Material: 416 Grade Stainless Steel 416 Grade Stainless Steel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): .4826 cm x 1.24206 cm / .190 x .480" .4826 cm x 1.24206 cm / .190 x .480"
Magnet Material: Alnico III Alnico III
Magnet Position from Nut: 48.1965 cm / 18.975" 58.36 cm / 22.975"
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125" 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm x .3175 cm / 2.5 x .5 x .125"
Polarities:
Cover: True Historic Replica Gold True Historic Replica Gold
Qfactor:
ResistanceDC: 8.0k 8.5k
Resonant Frequency:
Tonal & Resonant Advancements:
Hardware
Tuning Keys
Style: Reissue Waffle Back Tuners
Material: Gold
Weight: 3.6 oz
 
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 12:01
Gear Type: Closed
What is allowable turn: 1/4
Plating specs: Gold Plated Stamped Steel
Part numbers: 130-430-14006/007
 
String Dimensions
E: .11684 cm / .046W
A: .09144 cm / .036W
D: .06604 cm / .026W
G: .04318 cm / .017P
B: .03302 cm / .013P
e: .0254 cm / .010P
 
Bridge
Style: ABR With Thumbwheels
Material: Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy for casting flow
Plating Specs: Gold Plated
Part number: 130-430-10160
Weight: .0637 kg / 2.25 oz.
 
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 0.1778 cm / 0.070"
A: 0.13716 cm / 0.054"
D: 0.1016 cm / 0.040"
G: 0.0635 cm / 0.025"
B: 0.0508 cm / 0.02"
e: 0.0381 cm / 0.015"
 
Tailpiece
Style: Stop Bar
Compensated: No
Material: Lightweight Aluminum
Plating Specs: Gold
Part number: 130-430-11739
Weight: .0311845 kg / 1.1 oz
 
Output Jack
Style: 1/4"
 
Jack Plate
Style: "Oreo" WBW
Material: ABS
Part Number: 130-430-19805
Weight: .0056699 kg / .2 oz
 
Strap Buttons
Material: Brass
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 130-430-19321
Weight: .0141748 kg / .5 oz
Plastics
Pick Guard
Style: 1957 Les Paul Custom 5 Ply BWB
Part Number: 130-430-12184
 
Truss Rod Cover
Style: True Historic-Hot Stamped "Custom"
Part Number: 130-430-19784
 
Knobs
Style: True Historic Black Top Hats
Part Number: 130-430-19669
 
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: Yes
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: Reissue Les Paul .09 Black Royalite
Part Number: 130-430-19808
 
Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)
Style: 2016 Die Cast Gibson Custom Medallion
Part Number: 130-430-19016
 
Switch Washer
Style: Black
Part Number: 130-430-19295
 
Trim Rings
Style: Black
Part Number: 130-430-13851/852
Accessories
Case
Style: Reissue Les Paul
Color: Reissue Brown with Pink Fur Lining
 
Strap Locks: None
Tools: None
 
Manual: None
COA/Other: Custom Shop True Historic Certificate of Authenticity in Binder, Extra Black Plastic Treble/Rhythm Switch Cover Plate
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