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Celebrating 50 Continuous Years
of Les Paul Customs
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In the summer of 1968, Gibson did something unprecedented. They re-released two guitar models that were discontinued a decade earlier, a Les Paul Custom and a Les Paul Goldtop. Many famous guitarists at the time adopted 1950s Les Paul models because of their heavy tones, vocal qualities and endless sustain, creating a demand for the classic body style that continues through today.

The 1968 Les Paul Custom stood apart from its predecessors in a few significant ways. Instead of a solid mahogany body, it now had a solid maple top on a mahogany back - adding the clarity and bite that many rock guitarists sought. It also came standard with two humbuckers as opposed to three, providing additional picking clearance. And lastly it had a 14-degree peghead angle for reduced string tension. This set of features instantly became the new standard for the Les Paul Custom model, which has been produced continuously by Gibson ever since.

This 50th Anniversary 1968 Les Paul Custom was designed to be the final say in historical accuracy, tone and feel. Every detail and spec was meticulously revived by the skilled artisans at Gibson Custom Shop to provide an amazing vintage experience. Each will include an exclusive case, collectible switch plate medallion, throwback hang tags and guitar picks, and a copy of the 1968 Gibson Gazette which announced the new Les Paul models to the world. Limited to only 300 total instruments produced.

Body
Wood Species:
2-Piece Maple Top, 1-Piece Mahogany Back
Finish:
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck
Material
Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit, 14 Degree Peghead Angle
Neck Profile
Medium-Chunky C-Shape, scanned from original.
Scale Length
24.75", 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material
Solid Ebony, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number of Frets
22
Frets
Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material
Nylon
Nut Width
1.687", 42.85mm
End of Board Width
2.240", 56.89mm
Inlays
Pearl Block
Truss Rod
Tubeless
Finishes

Ebony VOS

Hardware
Finish
Gold
Bridge
ABR-1 Tune-o-matic w/ Nylon Saddles
Tailpiece
Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
Tuning Machines
Kluson Waffleback
Pick Guard
Replica Multi-ply Acrylic
Control Knobs
Black Witch Hats w/ Gold Reflectors
Switch Tip
Cream
Switch Washer
Molded Black
Jack Plate Cover
Replica Multi-ply Acrylic
Electronics
Neck Pickup
68 Custom Humbucker
Bridge Pickup
68 Custom Humbucker
Controls
2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness with Black Beauty Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch
Accessories
Strings
10-13-17-26-36-46
Case
Gibson Custom Black Hardshell Case with Gold Lining
Other
50th Anniversary Switch Plate Medallion (w/ Extra Black Plastic Cover in the Case), Replica 1968 Gibson Gazette, Exclusive 1968-style Gibson Guitar Picks, Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity