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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Billy Morrison Les Paul is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany for improved strength and resonance. Neck Species
Neck Profile
The neck on the Billy Morrison Les Paul is carved to a fast yet comfortable SlimTaper™ profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. Neck Profile
Tonal Characteristics
Every detail counts in the effort of bringing classic Les Paul tone to the Billy Morrison Les Paul, and the angled, classical-style peg head and fuller mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with good string definition and sustain.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. For optimum strength and precision, both the body mortise and neck tenon are programmed and machined with CNCs to ensure a tight fit for optimum resonant transfer efficiency. Neck Joint
Headstock Angle (Pitch)
Like many classic Gibson models, the Billy Morrison Les Paul 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.
Truss Rod
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. Truss Rod
The classic Gibson logo is inlaid in black pearl swirl across the top of the headstock, with a matching holly inlay in the center of the headstock. Logo
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
Average Weight
The average weight of the neck is .98 lbs.
Joint Angle
5° (+/— 15 seconds)
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The fingerboard of the Billy Morrison Les Paul is made from ebony, long considered an upgrade on high-end Gibson electric guitars. Fingerboard Species
The fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets made from traditional nickel-silver wire and tinted gold to match the gold-plated hardware on this model. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
Ebony fingerboards are known for their excellent clarity and definition, and are also extremely hard-wearing.
The 12-inch radius of the Billy Morrison Les Paul 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 Billy Morrison Les Paul fingerboard carries acrylic trapezoid position-marker inlays, echoing the traditional look of the original Les Paul Standards and further blending the Custom-meets-Standard esthetics. Inlays
Nut Material
The nut on the Billy Morrison Les Paul is made from Corian, a dense, hard material known for its outstanding ability to transfer the strings' vibrational energy. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard and its nut slots are cut with Gibson's PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing. Nut Width
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Billy Morrison Les Paul is 1.695"—or approximately 1 11/16", the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars.