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T. Rex Tone, from a Legendary Les Paul Reborn

Although the Les Paul Custom neck with which it was most often seen has lead to some confusion over the origins of Marc Bolan's guitar, the instrument was actually a late-'50s Les Paul that was stripped and refinished by Bolan himself in a faded translucent orange dubbed "Bolan Chablis", then "re-necked" after an accident in the early '70s. As such, the body of the Gibson Custom Marc Bolan Les Paul is produced with period-correct woods and techniques, and includes a solid (non-chambered) one-piece mahogany body and carved plain maple top, as revealed through Gibson Custom's recreation of Bolan's own "DIY" refinishing work, while its sides and back retain the original back finish.

Its mahogany neck is set with a long-tenon neck joint like all the great original Les Pauls, for added resonance and sustain, although its look and the rest of its construction mark a major departure for the instrument. Like the early-'70s Les Paul Custom neck that Bolan had added to his guitar in the course of its repair, this neck carries the ebony fingerboard that distinguishes that "upgraded" model, along with the large mother-of-pearl block inlays, period-correct 14º headstock pitch, and mother-of-pearl split-diamond headstock inlay in a holly headstock veneer.

To translate all of this thick, juicy vintage Les Paul tone to your amp of choice, the guitar carries a pair of Custom Buckers, an accurate PAF-reproduction humbucker designed specifically for the Marc Bolan Les Paul. Along with its mismatched nickel-plated ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and gold-plated aluminum stopbar tailpiece, the Custom-spec gold-plated Grover tuners and a PLEK-cut Corian nut further enhance the resonance and singing sustain of this unique instrument.

With only 450 produced in total—100 hand aged, a further 350 given the VOS (Vintage Original Spec) process—they are bound to go fast, so get your hands on your own Marc Bolan Les Paul today. All are covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service, and include a black Gibson Custom case with plush red lining, Artist Model Certificate of Authenticity with Marc Bolan photo, warranty and adjustment literature, and a vintage style guitar strap.
Body and Finish
Made from the classic tonewood combination of carved maple top and one-piece mahogany back, and dressed in a DIY-style faded translucent "Bolan Chablis" finish, the Marc Bolan Les Paul is an accurate rendition of the much modified late-'50s Les Paul that the T. Rex frontman made his own, and which propelled numerous glam-rock hits of the early '70s.
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Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
As with the most familiar incarnation of Marc Bolan's own Les Paul, this Artist Model carries an early-'70s style Les Paul Custom neck. This includes an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, a period-correct 14º headstock pitch, and a holly head veneer with mother-of-pearl split-diamond inlay. It is topped by a Corian nut and aged gold Grover tuners .
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Neck and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
A pair of custom-made humbucking pickups accurately replicate the tone and performance of the original PAF pickups in Marc Bolan's late-'50s Les Paul, with the unparalleled blend of power, clarity and depth that has made these pickups famous. They are routed through high-quality CTS potentiometers for volume and tone, with "bumble bee" tone capacitors, and a Switchcraft three-way toggle switch.
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Hardware & Electronics
The hardware set on the Marc Bolan Les Paul reflects the "mix and match" hardware on the T. Rex frontman's original Les Paul. The guitar wears the original nickel-plated ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge of the late-'50s Les Paul, partnered with a gold-plated aluminum stopbar tailpiece and gold-plated Grover tuners derived from the Les Paul Custom. All hardware is either hand aged or VOS aged.
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