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The neck of the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is constructed from one solid piece of lightweight mahogany for improved strength and resonance. The luthiers in Gibson’s Custom Shop carefully match the grains and weights of these guitars’ bodies and necks to optimize tone and sustain.
Every detail counts in the effort of bringing authentic ‘60 Les Paul tone to the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom, and the angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
The neck on the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Customs are carved to slim, fast profile of the original ’60 Black Beauty.
Gibson uses what is known as the mortise & tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. On the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom, this technique incorporates the lauded “long neck tenon” which extends further into the body than the tenon on the necks of many other, later guitars, greatly enhancing resonance and sustain, as well as neck strength in general.
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The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
Just like the original Les Pauls of 1958-’60, and many classic Gibson models, the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees. This subtle yet crucial element of the guitar’s design increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Gibson’s traditional truss rod, found in nearly all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The traditional, period-correct Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of a holly headstock veneer, with the iconic “split-diamond” emblem inlaid in mother of pearl at the center of the headstock face.
When fitting the neck and body together, Gibson takes advantage of precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain an acceptable tolerance. Not only does this help to keep the guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom carries an ebony fingerboard, a traditional appointment on many up-scale Gibson guitars.
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom’s fingerboard has 22 frets.
Ebony is desirable both for its extreme hard-wearing characteristics, as well as its contribution to added clarity and definition in the final tone of the instrument.
Just like that of the original, the 12-inch radius of the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom fingerboard provides smooth note-bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses, and is another feature that has helped to make this guitar a blues-rock legend.
The Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom fingerboard is inlaid with mother-of-pearl blocks.
The nut on the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is made from nylon in the image of the original 1960 Les Paul Custom. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson’s PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing.
The width of the nut on the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Custom is approximately 1 11/16”, the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars from 1960.